JulienHuxley (5578) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 23, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to Shane (Weisguy). Beautiful amber-red pour with off white head. Aroma of toffee, spicy english hop, brandy, very nice. Hop bitterness is quite present in the taste, english toffee, strong, boozy, malty notes. Palate is heavy bodied with medium carbonation, nice long finish. Excellent barleywine style ale, done to my taste.
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - APR 21, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I had this twice before it was finished, once at the release (thanks to dm9831), split a bottle with my girlfriend, then enjoyed a bomber all on my lonesome. Nice pour, a reddish brown body with a short-lived tan head. The aroma had caramel & toffee, alcohol, peppery rye, fresh dough, and an earthy and herbal spiciness. It had a creamy mouthfeel, just a tad oily, with a peppery feeling left on the tongue. The flavor was rich with caramel and toffee, tempered by the alcohol, peppery rye, and a touch of citrus. The finish was sweet and had an earthy bitterness. Very nice sipper from Bryan Shimkos.
Rciesla (5500) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - APR 22, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from MikeTD, thanks man. Pours an amber body with an off white head. Earthy body with a caramel and rye warming. Hints of toffee, some lightly spicy hop tones, rye and and a mild herbal finish. A nice adjunctive barely wine.
dmac (5472) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - FEB 18, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle via trade with TheAlum, thanks man. Poured a super deep amber/muddy brown body underneath a smaller foamy light beige head. Aroma of caramel, toffee, rye seeds, bread and candy. Nice fuller body with small bubbly tight carbonation. Flavor is nice with a slight hint of rye towards the end, initial flavor is far more sweet with notes of candy, caramel, toffee, bread and a dry finish. Good stuff.
burg326 (5266) - Florida, USA - JAN 15, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured an amber color with aromas of caramel, bread, toffee, light rye and some booze. Flavors were the same with some wet cardboard/oxidation in the aftertaste. Decent beer overall.
mar (5238) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 15, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle thanks to RC0032 shared @ rbwg ’12. amber pour with a cream ehad. nose is rye, malts, sweet syrup, dried fruits, and vanilla. smooth on the palate, rye, hops, malts, and a smooth finish. 1:30 am rate
markwise (5168) - 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.
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - DEC 1, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Shared by a generous individual at Dark Lord Day.
A: Pours a nice, deep mahogany with an off-white head and a good amount of lacing.
S: Initial whiff is spicy rye atop some bready biscuit malt, hints of anise, and a bit of caramel/toffee sweetness in the background.
T: Slightly spicy rye is again at the fore, although there is a very nice somewhat sherry-like sweetness backing it up.
M: Medium body and somewhat cloying, but not overly so, as the rye’s dry and spicy characteristics balance it out nicely.
D: Very drinkable. A fairly complex brew, and one of the best beers I’ve had from Flossmoor.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 05-06-2010
ChainGangGuy (4772) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - AUG 23, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Appearance: Slips out a hazed, amber-gold body in color and capped with a full, foamy, off-white head.
Smell: Some heady alcoholic wafts out ahead of the caramel-glazed pale malts, scant dark fruits, subdued snippets of rye, and light citrus.
Taste: Establishes a sugary sweetness at the opening sip, with a slight spicy rye bread element (though, I don’t find it ultimately plays a large role in the taste -- maybe a bit low-fi rye) and plenty of caramel sauce. Some dark fruitiness. Citrus and lightly resinous pine alongside a fair degree of bitterness. It’s certainly boozy throughout, finishing dry and a bit hot with a lingering bitterness to it.
Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-light carbonation. Some stickiness to the mouthfeel.
Overall: Quite frankly, I found this one to be simply OK.
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - JUN 2, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Josh for sharing. Pours a deeper amber with a creamy bubbly off white head. Aroma of sweet rye, caramel, dark fruits. Flavor was sweet like a barleywine with a nice rye bread finish.