markextrae (3717) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - SEP 13, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle shared with 2 friends. had the barrel aged version a few months ago. wich was incredible. poured a hazy dark orange colour with a slight off head on top. nose is filled with sweet sticky rye, caramel, cloves, fainted red fruits, and sticky toffee. marzipan and a note of butterscotsch. taste is quite bitter in the in. wich surprised me. since this if 5 years old by now. lots of sweet sticky flavors. balanced with a strong bitterness. not as good as the bourbon version.
TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 14, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz bottle, 2010. Murky brown with beige froth and speckles. Nose is caramel, caraway and raisin. Medium to full body with an airy buzz. Taste is caramel, light molasses, caraway and grass. Wonderfully integrates the sweet spice of the caraway with the bitter seedy side.
Maakun (3627) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUL 27, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared. Hazy dark orange golden with creamy beige head. Lots of spices in an almost citrus way which I guess are the caraway seeds, strong rye, citrusy hops, cardboard, light grassy, caramel, fudge, brandy. Quite sweet with lingering bitter finish. Full bodied with sticky feel but also a bit thin boozy finish. Very decent.
chibuck (3510) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Finally getting around to reviewing this, thanks Alex. Review # 1600. Bottle poured into a perfect pint glass...Pours a lighter transparent brown with tons of red accents. An off white head rises about a finger, falls quickly leaving only a ring and a little lacing...The aroma is sweet, almost too sweet for a barleywine, hops aren’t present to cut that. Rye, alcohol, spices, caramel. Good, not great...The taste is better, certainly more balanced and closer to a barleywine. Great quad notes of dark fruits, and brown sugar balanced with some roast and hops. Rye backbone throughout this.
This is pretty decent, needs some work, but I would drink it again.
smith4498 (3508) - Miami, Florida, USA - AUG 11, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from a trade with msante79. Pours dark brown color with khaki head. Aromas of rye, dark fruits, molasses and citrus. Flavors of spicy rye, raisins, molasses and citrus fruits. Medium to full body with moderate carbonation. Very nice. Thanks Mark.
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 27, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Flossmoor hi-fi. Thanks to Adam for bringing this... Pours a pretty dark garnet red with a thin soapy head. Looks pretty nice actually... Sweet bready malt in the nose, spicy rye... Flavors are consistent with the nose with more of a sacharine sweet feel to it. Some shy bitterness appears in the finish but just barely. Buttery and creamy mouthfeel.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - SEP 18, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber, cream wax dipped. The pour yields a clear, dark, figgy-brown body with violet and crimson hues. A billowing head of smooth, consistent, beige tinted foam. Slowly settling to a thin, swirly film, the head leaves thin, tattered cobweb trails of hard lacing on the glass. Caraway seed is immediate and unmistakeable on the nose, as is abundant toasted rye, creamy caramel, and chocolate roast. Hints of stewed raisins lend a bit of dark, earthy, fruity sweetness, as warming alcohol and a hint of anise let you know this stuff means business. It’s not very hoppy, but the dark, dry roast brings thigs into balance. Flavors largely follow suit, showing notes of sticky burnt caramel, dry cocoa, toasted nuts, and maybe a bit of molasses. Raisin is there again, as is the spicy rye, caraway, and bready-peppery yeast. Alcohol is more prominent than I’d like, as a low, rolling warmth intensifies to an almost full-on burn at the bittersweet, burnt toffee finish. Big bodied, the palate is moderately carbonated,finishig with a sticky, cloyig consistency and the aforementioned alcohol burn. This reminds me a bit of Julio’s Rye(a)n Ale, only more boozy, not as well balanced, and minus the barrel character. In other words, it’s very solid, but it falls well short of Smuttynose’s rye wine masterpiece.
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - JUL 30, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
shared on 4/12/10 by dakine.
nutty brown color with a pale tannish head.
it smells like toasted caraway seeds, malt, caramel and mint.
the flavor is quite heavy on rye.... caramel is there as well as spice and a bitter finish.
medium body. rich but rye spice thins it out a touch. neat.8/4/8/4/17/4.1
Damico (3140) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 31, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours clean amber with a small white head. The aroma is light sweet malts, not overpowering at all like the BA version. The flavor is light sweet malts as well, with not bite or resiny sweetness for such a high ABV, making it very smooth for my palate. The body is lighter as well which helps, overall decent.
tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - DEC 1, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: APR 3, 2014 Bottle: Thanks to Mike & Tim for sharing. 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. Slightly disappointing considering how good the barrel aged version is. Wonder if this one was much better out of the gate?