DYCSoccer17 (3513) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 9, 2015
2.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
2014 Vintage. Soon to be retired. The aroma on this has some vanilla and scant bourbon notes. A little buttery diacetyl, too. A little floral character is also present. Mostly hazy dark amber colored body with a small, quickly dissipating weak off-white head present. Starts with a sweet, sugary malt flavor. Nearly cloying. Bourbon and vanilla hints are very strong after the sweetness subsides. Light buttery diacetyl late. Just a super sweet sugar bomb without any sort of subtlety or balance. Iím not surprised that they are doing away with this beer.
mverity (294) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAR 5, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a hazy orangey amber with good legs, fair lacing and a thin collar persisting. Aroma is earthy and some citrus hop, lots of oakiness, caramel maltiness and vanilla. Taste is very much like the aroma: sweet toasty bread/caramel malt laced with spicy citrus, vanilla, wet earthy/floral hops. Light body that makes it crisp with the low carbonation.
ARH (976) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 23, 2015
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2013 vintage 22oz bottle, poured into a snifter. Warm apple pie and cinnamon aromas emanate from the beer - in fact, itís quite reminiscent of a fall spice blend / candle. Secondary aromas include, citrus, molasses, caramel, oak, and a light licorice. Itís a murky bronze color with a thin, white soap head that only retains a very thin ring and has a light runny lace that doesnít stick. Itís highly sweet with a medium high bitterness. Itís syrupy and smooth, with a bit a stickiness as well. The carbonation is a smooth fizziness which lends to the thick texture. The full bodied beer has flavors of sweet bourbon caramel, port wine notes, apple pie, wood, cooked molasses, toffee, and light licorice. It finishes crisp with a spice cleanliness, a mellow alcohol warmth, and toffee, vanilla, and bread crust flavors which turn into an aftertaste that has a mellow burnt wood and caramel quality, but very clean for a barleywine, and dangerously drinkable for a 15% abv.
SG111 (663) - New York, USA - FEB 18, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Mikkeller, San Francisco. Pours orange golden color, large white frothy head. Aroma is hops, orange, citrus, malty biscuit aroma. Hop forward Aroma. Flavor is malty biscuit, lots of caramel, hoppy, citrus. Really nice. Nitro-like mouthfeel.
tightslice (599) - Redwood City, California, USA - FEB 16, 2015
3.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle share at Gourmet Haus Staudt in Redwood City, CA. Aroma is a heavenly blend of bourbon, vanilla, caramel candies, natural fruit syrup. Taste is punchy bourbon... very rich and thick caramel notes with figs, vanilla. Some oak too. Very complex and rich... but even half a bottle was a bit much. Couldíve sniffed this stuff all night though. Amazing aroma.
mstrcrwly (782) - New York, USA - FEB 15, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 24, 2015 on tap,poured into a tulip glass..burnt orange/copper color with a fluffy off white head..aroma of vanilla,bourbon,wood,coconut..really complex taste,,wood,bourbon,coconut,vanilla all come through with minimal alcohol burn..excellent.
dfearnley (1413) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 14, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle to tulip
Aroma of caramel, toffee, bourbon, grape, and pine. Muddy amber with a thin white head with very little retention. Taste is candied orange, bourbon, oak, toffee, sour grapes, and pepper.
MadIndian (2663) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 12, 2015
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Sider. Absolutely amazing. Beautifully blended notes of coconut, oak barrels, bourbon, caramel, bread, and Earth.
I am speechless and like a crack head, I left craving more.
maxodom (44) - - FEB 2, 2015
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle during Super Bowl. Dark red Amber color, pleasantly sweet with a great aftertaste. Wish i had discovered this before, great beer.
Mears (55) - - JAN 23, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Beer is great. Love the heavy malt flavor. Don't taste the toffee. But can't believe it is this good.