umich03jm (3304) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - DEC 1, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from trade with michaelinwa. Pours a cloudy burnt copper color with a small head that lingers a bit and collects at the edges. Good lacing. Aroma is rich toffee and caramel. Smells and tastes like liquid candy. Oak barrel notes come through in the finish with vanilla and a little burnt toast. Somewhat boozy, light alcohol burn. Full body and sticky mouthfeel. This is a must try beer for toffee lovers. I very much enjoyed slowly sipping this.
tgncc (3080) - Bellmore, New York, USA - NOV 29, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The aroma is sweet, candy, fruit. The flavor is the same, with a hint of booze. The appearance is a deep russet color. The finish is boozy, pine. Medium/thick in body, slick mouthfeel. Very nicely done.
jredmond (7183) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 28, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at blind tiger with Tom, Paul and Andy. Pours a deep amber body with ligh lacing. Aroma is maple, molasses and toffee. Light booze nose. Mouthfeel is slick with notes of sweet maple syrup, sweet fruity malts, light molasses and oak.
dfhhead25 (251) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 27, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma- big toffee, dates, plums, molasses, dark fruits
Appearance- slightly darker than most barleywines, decent head and lacing as well
Taste- some hops upfront followed by a caramel sweetness, nice barrel qualities follow, toffee, ginger, dark fruits, some roasted notes
Palate- very nice mouthfeel, higher carbonation
Overall- Excellent take on a barley wine from FW. Better, and more drinkable, than Sucaba, IMO. Quite sessionable and very complex.
dreadnord (1012) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 25, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours deep copper with brown hues and a small tan head. Nose is Rick vanilla, brown sugar, light smoke, booze, honey, wood and butter toffee. Taste is sweet, very sweet but this is not a bad thing. I wouldn't call it balanced but it has enough bitterness to have it not be offputting. Mouthfeel is soft and creamy, just a bit sticky, body is heavy and the finish is long.
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SHIG (4380) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - NOV 23, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to timfoolery: Poured a mohogany brown with little to no tan color head. Aroma is strong whiskey booze, caramel malts, and very hot to the nose. Strong booze and alcohol singe the tip of my tongue, but slowely reveals a nice caramel malt.
tmoreau (3474) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - NOV 23, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Lunar Brewing Co., and snifter served with a murky, brownish mahogany hue, a modest hat of off white/light tan foam that reduced quickly to a narrow ring & light layer, and left a thin syrupy film, and a few, nearly transparent spots on the glass. The aroma presented some light spice, dark fruit & caramelly sweetness, and alcohol presence, with mellow, woody/oaky hints. The flavor mimicked the aroma notes and added some whisky and a pronounced warming quality, a complementary amount of hop bitterness, light stickiness to the texture, and a noticeable but mild, flavor enhancing spritz to the tongue, while projecting a little better than medium body. Nicely blended, and warmingly sippable!
arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 22, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
22oz bottle $14.99 Picked this up off the strength of all teh Anniversary beers, Parabola, and Abacus. I figured it would not let me down but I was mistaken. Dark amber color, scant head. Aroma is booze and oak and more booze, meh. Flavor is just real boozy with notes of oak barrels. It really lacks the toasted coconut character I enjoy in their barrel aged beers. For me (and my friend who split it with me) this was a real letdown. I’m just glad I only bought the one bottle.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 08-04-2012 19:17:21
GranvilleTim (1840) - Granville, Illinois, USA - NOV 19, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Trade with Daknole. Mohagony pour with a tan head. Aroma is sweet, oak, bourbon, and dark fruit. Taste- damn this is good. The flavor zaps you with all its goodness- sweet malt, wood, dark fruits, hints of bourbon. This is one of thos beers you drink slow because you don’t want it to end. My only problem was that I shared half with my brother.
DocLock (9364) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 19, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Boxed Grey-waxed bomber from Capone’s. Pours chill hazy deep caramel with dark straw bottom edge and 2-fingers of fluffy well-retained off-white head. Nose is rich oaky toffee, bourbony spirits, honey, hos, fruit. Tastes very oaky, dry, bourbony, with hops, toffee, caramelly malt, and more spirity bourbon as it warms, getting a profile a lot like single malt bourbon on the rocks. Finishes very hot, and obliterates the beer/spirit boundary line. This one is stellar.