b33r (717) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JAN 6, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Cloudy, pale medium brown color with almost no head- just a ring around the edge and light oily lacing. Aroma has insanely rich vanilla, caramel, and oak. Flavor is smooth with huge caramel malts, with nearly no bitterness. A lot of sweet vanilla and toffee, tastes like candy. Thick, oily mouthfeel with low carbonation. Definitely one of my favorite barley wines.
bpreo (2014) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - JUN 14, 2015
2.3 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Strong flavor, but not a lot of alcohol content present. Muddy water appearance. Dessert spices in the flavor, which reminds me of Christmas. Sampled at Tap & Growler.
MartinT (8492) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 12, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
My Bottom Line:
Toasted malts with a few caramelized sugars benefit from gentle fruitiness in this malt-driven strong ale.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A ring of foam covers the cloudy red.
-Alcohol is well hidden for this type of powerful brew.
-You could see this as a nice Barley Wine without too much caramelization.
-The malt finish is lovely.
-While this is quite good, I can see why it is mostly being used in blends. It may not have the complexity to completely satisfy the strong ale lover on its own...
On tap at O’Brien’s.
SPDickerman (1047) - Texas, USA - MAY 24, 2015
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Pours rich copper with a small beige ring. Smells lightly fruity, toffee, hints of caramel. Taste is toffee, treacle, hints of caramel. Full-bodied with a smooth texture and soft mouth-carbonation, Firestone Walker Double DBA finishes with a smooth sweetness with a touch of alcohol heat.
fraternie (907) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 18, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Intense and vivid, with sweet caramel and toffee malt on the palate and subtle black fruits underneath. Charred oak and spice corral the sweetness a bit, but this is really and truly a monstrous beer. It is kind of like a prostitute. The sweetness and lingering spice keeps you coming back for more, yet the dry, morally ambiguous finish has you asking yourself what you are doing.
solidfunk (5155) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - APR 23, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 24, 2015 Lots of caramel and candied malt. Pours ruby without much head or lacing. A fair amount of barrel. Sweet finish with lots of booze. A little on the syrupy side. Tap at Churchkey.
Zakoon (223) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 17, 2015
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
650ml bottle enjoyed @ home, 2013 vintage. Pours golden amber with a small off-white head. Aroma is caramel, very malty, toffee, alcohol, oak and milk chocolate. Flavour is sweet and medium bitter. Full bodied, texture is oily/thick or something in between. Finish is alchol without the burn, sweet and malty.
AndySnow (4717) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAR 22, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Where: From Gustav.
Appearance: Clear amber colour with a small off-white head.
Aroma: Malt, spices, fruit, caramel, vanilla.
Body: Full body, low carbonation. Good mouthfeel.
Flavour: Malt, dried fruit, raising, caramel, vanilla, bourbon.
omhper (20915) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - MAR 21, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled, thanks AndySnow! Hazy amber, small head. Caramelly nose with vanilla and cocos. Sweet with full body and well rounded mouthfeel. Caramelly with sugar, white pepper and lots of vanilla. Warming finish.
DYCSoccer17 (3477) - 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. I’m 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.