eeblah (104) - Arizona, USA - OCT 15, 2012
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Nice and smooth strong ale that has all the tastes malt lovers go for. Hops are well balanced and not the main flavor. Very high Abv but does not have a overpowering alcohol flavor or smell. Reminds me of the good darker Belgium ales. Since it is a limited release it is pricey but worth the experience. Great beer for fall or winter.
brokensail (9213) - Orange County, California, USA - OCT 15, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Slightly opaque copper colored pour with a very small off-white head. Super sweet nose of brown sugar, caramel, and toffee. Lots of vanilla, a hint of booze, chocolate, and some bourbon. Intense malt sweetness on the palate. A ton of caramel, brown sugar, and dark fruit. A lot of vanilla and bourbon, too. Kind of boozy on the finish.
wchesser (894) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 14, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Had a bottle a couple months back that was a hot mess. This was not only served cooler but the flavor and alcohol had come together much more. Dark cloudy amber. Toffee and bourbon with sweet malt finish. Very enjoyable.
smith4498 (2794) - Miami, Florida, USA - OCT 14, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from a trade with cbkschubert. 2012 vintage. Pours cloudy dark caramel color with light tan head. Aromas of toffee, molasses, toasted malts, oak and some alcohol. Sweet molasses flavor with toasted malts, oak, dark fruits and oak. Quite boozy. Full body with moderate carbonation and a syrupy mouthfeel. Thanks Craig.
Niko100 (1680) - Illinois, USA - OCT 14, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy amber/cider color; Medium creamy body; Aroma of sweet toasted malt, toffee, vanilla, & fruit; Flavor of sweet malt, caramel/toffee, spicy hops, and dark fruit; Warm finish; Nicely balanced; Solid barley-wine.
rubbishystuff (1689) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 12, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Smooth and not too syrupy for a Barley wine. Some wood and booze flavor. Quite a lot of booze flavor actually. Liquor like. Serving: Tap
symmetric (34) - - OCT 9, 2012
1.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 9/20
Very sweet & malty aroma, with little depth. Pours a hazy amber with a thin head that quickly dissipates. The taste is overpoweringly sweet, with a token dash of bitterness, and not much else. Very boozy though. Overly syrupy pallate. Overall, a pretty simplistic brew, not much of interest.
Wittales (516) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - OCT 9, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance was orangish honey amber with creamy flat tiny diminsihing off white head, spotty lace. Aromas are brown sugar, molassas, sherry, oak, toffee with slight alcohol present. Taste are bourbon, oak, sherry, sugars of caramel, honey, toffee, molassas and no hops present. Palate was soft creamy CO2 with full body, then the malty sweet alcoholic finish. A smooth barley and could age for years...
TheBeerGod (4910) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - OCT 8, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Copper pour with a short, ring of tan foam around the edge of the glass. Aroma is vanilla, caramel, tropical fruit, coconut, booze, and sweet malt. Taste is strong toasted coconut, vanilla, oak, sweet malt, rum cake, tropical fruit, booze and soft hops. Body is medium-full with a mild carbonation and a syrupy, thick feel. Soft alcohol warmth as well. Finishes with more toasted coconut, vanilla, oak, chewy malt, caramel, candied fruit, booze, sponge cake, and soft hops.
TheEpeeist (3057) - Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 8, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bottle. Murky brown with a splotchy head. Nose is caramel, strawberry jam and brandy soaked pears. Chewy with a fermented tang and a hot bite. Taste is butterscotch, bitter grass and scotch. I sometimes have a problem with these imperialized brews but this is pretty good. A barleywine? Maybe an English strong.