tectactoe (649) - Michigan, USA - DEC 1, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2013 Bottle: thanks, Mike/Tim! Swampy looking, opaque copper body with nearly no head... barely even a ring forms around the edges. Aroma has notes of sweet, dark prunes & nearly vinous grapes with caramel, buttery toffee, & a light bit of toasty bread. Seems like some oxidation has taken place... lightly "stale" character in the back-end. Taste is big graham cracker up front with sweet toffee, light caramel, plums, prunes, grapes, & some more oxidation on the palate, lightly sherry-like but also somewhat stale & cardboard-y in the aftertaste. A little thin for a barley wine, & a mild rubbing alcohol character grows with too much warmth. Not a bad beer at all, but the barrel aged version is in a whole other league.
Smurf2055 (1052) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 30, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours ruby, minimal head.
Smell sweet and spices, fruity
Taste caramel, rye, gum and fruit on tail
Really good, I think better than the barrel aged
markwise (4089) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 10, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle courtesy of Tooch4321 from back in the day, this is at least a 2011 bottle. Pours a dark amber with an off-white head. Nose is big dark fruit, toffee, caramel, and some oxidation. Flavor is somewhat oxidized with fruit, toffee, and some earth. Medium in body and while past its prime, still has some fruity/ sherry character.
jcwattsrugger (10724) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - NOV 3, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
shared by markwise for Tampa wkly @markwiseís-still-dk amber. A-caramel, sherry. T-follows.
jcartamdg (1435) - Spring Hill, Florida, USA - OCT 29, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours amber orange with no head. Aroma of malt and dark fruit. Taste is malt, prunes, slight bitterness. Interesting but not for me.
Boutip (4281) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 8, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Poured a deep hazy brown color ale with a small foamy head with light retention and no lacing. Aroma of spicy rye notes with some caramelized notes and some residual sugar notes. Taste is also dominated by some spicy rye notes with some heavy caramelized malt with light toffee notes and quite a bit of residual sugars. Body is quite full with medium to low carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very well brewed with lots of extreme flavours and just enough balance for the residual sugars not too take over the whole mix. I still think that additional attenuation would be beneficial for this beer and most other Flossmoor beers.
adnielsen (7557) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 22, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle in Chicago with TheAlum. Thanks Adam! 2011 vintage. Pours a murky dark orange appearance with little head. Fairly spicy, caramel, a bit oxidized, a touch fruity aroma. Fairly rich spicy rye, light toffee, mild molasses, a bit fruity, herbal flavor. Very smooth for the abv.
Steasy66 (713) - Minnesota, USA - MAY 3, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Caramel color. Small white head. Spicy rye and toffee aroma. Flavor is nice, spicy rye, some toffee. Drinks like a young barleywine even though its a few years old. Good but not great.
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 9, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a hazy dark copper color with amber edges and a half finger yellowish-beige head that quickly settles into a thin ring. †Spotty lacing left behind.
Complex nose with lots of earthy pine, grassy hops, spicy rye, leathery malt and dark fruit notes. †The rye is really prominent slightly overpowering things but as it warms, there are hints of caramel malt, toffee, plum and fig. †
Medium bodied with a dry, earthy hop presence that compliments the spicy rye very nicely. †Again, the rye flavor dominates but thereís also some grassy pine needle bitterness that lingers throughout. †Some needed sweetness underneath from the malt backbone that gives off some toffee, caramel, raisin and fig. †Pretty complex and well balanced with leathery malt and faint booziness in finish. † The high is ABV really well masked making this beer deceptively drinkable. †
DavoleBomb (1467) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 29, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured into a snifter. I had the BA version yesterday, so I figured Iíd have this while the memory is still fresh. Iím not sure what vintage this is, but the bottle lists the ABV as 9.5%. Oddly enough there was some what appeared to be rust underneath the heavy layer of wax. Big thanks to SteveFinny for this.
4.5 A: Lightly hazed deep amber plum color. One finger of beige, superbly dense creamy head. Retention is about average for a beer this big, but a good deal of lacing is left.
4.0 S: Shockingly, this smells like the BA version, but without the bourbon and barrel. Big aggressive spicy earthy rye and plenty of caraway seeds too. Plum and fig fruits, caramel and some toffee. It was tough to pick up the caramel in the BA version, so I guess thatís how this one is a bit different.
3.5 T: Maybe itís because this is the second time through this beer, but the taste isnít nearly as powerful as it was in the BA version. Yes, the spicy earthy rye and caraway are still plentiful, but this isnít slapping my taste buds silly. Thereís also less fruitiness, a touch more bitterness, and more toffee and caramel. Itís still tasty, but isnít as impressive as the one I had yesterday.
3.5 M: It might be because it has more carbonation, but this is a lot thinner than the BA version. Heavier medium body instead of syruppy heavy body. Carbonation level is much better though. Doesnít have the major chewiness, which I like, but it also isnít particularly creamy.
3.5 D: Tasty beer, but the BA version killed this, but that might have something to do with the vintage. Who knows. Worth a try
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 06-15-2012 04:45:14