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.
BeerBunker (709) - Burbank, Illinois, USA - JUN 11, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
22oz bottle. Pours brown with a small tan had. Aroma is of rye, malt, dark fruit, sugar, and caramel. Taste is actually pretty big on the rye. There is also lots of dark fruit, sugar, spice, and caramel. Very dry malt base evens the beer out. As it warms, more raisin starts to come through. Lingering taste of rye and dark fruit. Very light, creamy mouthfeel. It’s boozy, but not in a bad way. I really liked this beer.
tectactoe (682) - 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.
mlunger12 (645) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 12, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle, shared at Sexual Chocolate 2011. Pours a dark amber, great rye aroma, slightly hoppy, but the rye dominates. Very bitter, dry, moderate hop character. Nice but not my favorite.
jckp64 (347) - St Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 23, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by Phaleslu. Thanks Peter! Pours clear copper with a nice white head. Aroma is rye, wheat, citrus and caramel malts. Flavor is toffee, rye, spices and dark fruits. Nice sweet and dry finish. Pretty good barley wine.
ruskiimperial (308) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - OCT 13, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of BrewEngineer at the 12th Richmond Ratebeer Gathering on 09/18/2010. Aroma is very sweet. This beer is fairly dark brown. Taste is quite strong of rye and caramelized sweet malts. The rye kind of overpowers overything else so if you like rye and high gravity, this is the beer for you.
picknbrew (196) - Mechanicsville, Virginia, USA - SEP 18, 2010
2.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22 oz. Thanks to BrewEngineer. Hazy dark brown. Aroma is sweet and alcohol. Taste is on the verge of cloyingly sweet. Spicy finish. Overall a little on the sweet side but not bad.
3Faveryrogue (181) - Aslip, Illinois, USA - MAR 22, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber purchased @ release 3/20. [A] Wonderful boquet of floral and citrus aromas. Caramel. Maltiness is that of barleywine. Bready rye notes. [A] Very thick and oily looking brownish red pour. Nice cap of tan foam rising beautifully from the glass. [F] Not the rye monster I was expecting. This is very balanced. Not too sweet. Earthy flavors. Pleasant hop character really shines at this point. Rye. Caramel. Spiciness. [P] Mouthfeel is quite unlike anything I’ve had for awhile. Very heavy. Oily. But yet soft, silky and pillowy textured. No harsh booze. 11% is surprising. [O] Nice release from Bryan and Flossmoor Station. A barrel should warm this up nicely. I could drink a couple bombers, had I purchased more than 2.
StoutFest (77) - Stoutville, Illinois, USA - FEB 28, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours clear, the color of apple juice but sits a clear red in glass. Soft tan head that disappears quickly. Medium to full bodied with soft carbonation. Aromas of hops, caramel, and straw. Flavors of hops, straw, bready notes, spice and sweetness. Ends with a sticky mouthfeel and a dry finish. Smooth and drinkable for ABV even though it gives a chest warming feel.