yngwie (14096) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 9, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Firestone Walker Barrelworks. It pours a dark brown body and a small, beige head. A bit alcoholic on the nose, with dried fruits and some bourbon. Chocolate notes too. The flavor is sweet and with a solid dose of dried fruits and chocolate. Decent bitterness too, and alcohol. Full body, soft carbonation. Lasting finish. Overall, too warming, but sure lovely. 130809
Leighton (11855) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 28, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared in London - thanks to Bruce! Pours clear caramel-brown with a creamy tan head. The nose has lots of ripe fruits, some brown sugar, bread, toffee. Hugely sweet flavor with lots of creamy caramel, vanilla iced cream, rich brown bread, dates. Full bodied with fine carbonation. Finishes warm and sticky with lots of gooey ripe fruits, dates and figs, more creamy caramel and toffee. Great stuff overall.
brokensail (11532) - Orange County, California, USA - DEC 12, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A: The pour is a dark amber color, perhaps leaning towards brown, with a tan head.
S: The usual sweet, sugar notes of a barleywine are here. I get brown sugar, caramel, and toffee, but there’s a weird nuttiness to this beer that seems out of place.
T: This tastes like almost like a really creamy nut brittle with extra nuts. There’s a fair amount of alcohol presence as well, a touch of oak, and some good vanilla notes.
M: The body is medium with a nice creaminess and a low to moderate level of carbonation.
D: This was a weird beer. In fact, several of the blending components for FW14 aren’t all that great, but somehow they make a delicious final product.
bhensonb (11494) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 7, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bomber from Total Wine in Sacramento, CA. 2014 vintage. Pours dark cola color with a few bubbles. Aroma is sort of stewed dark fruits with dark malts. Full bodied, at least. Flavor is like plums and dates and dark fruits with a little alcohol and smooth, smooth, treacly dark malt. This is not an ASE, IMHO. FW says Quad, undt auch Ich! Damn delicious quad. Finishes with a bit of heat to cut down the malt. Did I say delicious? Understatement.
BeerandBlues2 (10065) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JUL 19, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at Max’s. Pours clear black with ruby highlights and a small, fizzy beige head, short retention with spare lacing. Aroma is caramel and brown sugar, dates, figs and prunes with cookie malt and spicy alcohol. Flavor is sweet, nearly cloying, malt with dark candied fruits, brown sugar, molasses, light hops and bitterness and a sweet finish. Full body and light carbonation.
adnielsen (9460) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 23, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle with friends, thanks to arminjewell for sharing. Pours a deep orangish brown appearance with a thin tan head. Thick brown sugar, caramel, toffee, rich bourbon, coconut aroma. Flavor is fairly sweet but not over the top. German chocolate cake flavor. Caramel, coconut, and a bit of chocolate. Really reminds me of the most recent anniversary beer.
daknole (9437) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 25, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tap at APEX. Deep brown pour, light brown head. And HOLY HELL this is badass. So rich and decadent. Sweet but not cloying. Toffee, brown sugar, vanilla, rich barrel notes, oak, tobacco. Fucking awesome
hopdog (9133) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 20, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle. Poured a dark brown, almost black color with a smaller sized tan head. Brown sugar, chocolate, caramel, wood, bourbon, vanilla, and dark fruits. I found the alcohol content to be well hidden.
jtclockwork (8911) - , New Jersey, USA - SEP 6, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by Jester Deal at End of History tasting. Pours dark brown. Nose/taste of caramel, brown sugar, dark fruit, bourbon, toffee and oak. Some molasses. Full bodied.
Dogbrick (8658) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 23, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sample at Falling Rock. The beer is a murky reddish-brown color with a medium beige head that diminishes gradually. Patchy lacing on the glass. Aroma of roasted malt, dark fruit and vanilla. Full-bodied with flavors of plums, caramel malt, earthy yeast and oaky vanilla. The finish is slightly syrupy with a dark fruit and malt aftertaste. Good beer all around.