Sleuthdogg (31) - Illinois, USA - AUG 17, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Appearance: Poured an orange brown rust color with almost no head to speak of.
Smell: I am picking up on sweet character tied with oak and bourbon in the background. This one is hard for me to describe but unique for sure. I think I get alcohol soaked raisin or figs and some vanilla. Interesting to say the least.
Taste: Wow this one is not what I expected. I get sweetness and the trademark Firestone Walker barell program in that vanilla, bourbon and oak stand out in an unbelievable way. There are some dark fruits and some nuttiness present.
Mouthfeel: This is a velvety smooth beer for the abv. No carbonation and I actually wish there was some more present to cut some of the sweetness. The alcohol does have a warming and somewhat burn on the gums.
Overall: This is one hell of a beer but one that I believe should be shared. I really enjoyed this beer and it surprised me at how good it is.
ARH (663) - 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 (303) - 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 (250) - 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 (386) - New York, USA - FEB 15, 2015
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
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 almost no alcohol burn..phenomenal.
dfearnley (1115) - 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 (2509) - 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 (34) - - 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 (37) - - 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.
AndrewGunnison (8) - - JAN 20, 2015 does not count
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
on tap at library ale house, like the little brother of the sucaba, lighter in color, similarly rich but less intense in flavor, similar genre of flavors as the sucaba, but also a fresher seeming experience than the sucaba
Boutip (4964) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 16, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle: Poured a clear copper color ale with a large off-white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of nice caramelized malt with nice toffee notes and light residual sugar notes. Taste is also dominated by caramelized malt with some toffee notes, light biscuit notes and just the right amount of residual sugar. Body is about average with good carbonation and light warming alcohol. This beer is super well-balanced with just the right amount of complexity and great drinkability.