CloakedDagger (1865) - - OCT 28, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 75 cl. Pours a clear, woderful warm amber with an off-white head. Oxidized caramel aroma combined with quite some alcohol heat. Not really heavy in body, not overly sweet either. Caramel notes and I believe I can sense some maple too, but not that strong in wood character. An enjoyable sipper, but the boozy burn is a bit much making it a difficult beer to drink. 281013
Hopswagger (199) - South Carolina, USA - OCT 6, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
P: Pours a beautiful clear ruby red copper body with a bubbly off white head that fizzles to wet bubbly lacing.
S: Rich roasted caramel malt, loads of barley, peppermint candy, caramelized sugar, and astringent booze becomes full force once warm.
T/M: Rich roasted malts and spicy barley continue in the flavor. Spicy bourbon booze that covers the palate with apple peel in the dry finish. Once warmed the sweet maltiness fades to the upstaging spicy barley and heavy booze profile. The finish is much dryer and leaves a resinous pine film behind with butterscotch and faint coffee on the end. Full sticky body with moderate carbonation.
O: Wow this is big time. Booze, spice, barley and great sweet melts. Complexity that changes with different temps and becomes a powerhouse once warmed. Even though the booze erupts in the warmth itís still smooth and refined.
sfontain (851) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 2, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2012 bottle, Brandonís house, split 4 ways. Thanks, Ryan. Rich golden brown pour, heavy toffee and caramel sweetness. Some hop character. Really rich. Best-hidden 15% Iíve ever had, and it was really good, but it just didnít stand out for me.
mnmike (1084) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 28, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap from the 2012 release in 2013. I love the additional hops above and beyond the style in this beer. The Local
Deckyon (4) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - SEP 17, 2013 does not count
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tasting this one over a year after bottling. Amazing. Smooth, not hot and sweet, just like a barley wine should be.
jefcon (1633) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - SEP 14, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Well, quite a work of art. Oaky, like whisky, vanilla, caramel, lavender and marmalade. The high alcohol produces a wonderful burning spicy effect on the nose. Wheaty and malty, but with a high-intensity hop burn on the palate. Bread pudding. Apricots en flambť. Long-lasting and memorable, but light and nimble on the palate. Such a big beer but so light on its feet.
Alextricity (509) - Michigan, USA - SEP 9, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
To my surprise, I saw this at the World Expo of Beer in Frankenmuth, Michigan and decided to try it out. I hope youíre all ready to roll your eyes at this review and spit on your screen!
Appearance: A nice ruby-like color. No head to speak of, and no lacing either .... which I guess is to be expected.
Smell: Honestly smelled like a chlorine pool to me, for the most part ... after awhile that note seemed to fade and I just got a really odd mix of super sweet malt with hops. Unusual.
Taste: Itís a barleywine. Itís 15%. In the words of Ralph Wiggum, "It tastes like burning." The beer isnít overly bitter, but it burns quite a lot with a lot of alcohol in the flavor. I found that I was mainly concentrating on getting all of it down, rather than trying to pick up on flavors. I could finish my 4oz sample, but Iím not convinced I could have much more.
Itís too big for me. Sweet, heavy, and copious amounts of alcohol in the flavor. Could definitely benefit by mellowing out over the course of a year or so.
blipp (8011) - La Mesa, California, USA - SEP 8, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Pours amber orange with a thin beige head. Bourbon sweetness, hints of oaky woody notes, toffee and crystal malts, some spicy and grassy hops, and faint citric notes. A little boozy, and Iím not a huge fan of the malt profile, although itís pretty standard for barleywines. Either way, this is strong and aggressive, while still maintaining some semblance of balance. Pretty good.
JohnGalt1 (1515) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 4, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours with a short lived off white head even with a fairly aggressive pour... the brew is clear dark orange... only random dots of lacing... I keep looking for legs in the glass.
The nose is nostril coating malty with thick vanilla and maple essence... the bourbon is more than present and the malty sweetness is only balanced by a decent piney hoppiness.
Flavor mirrors the aroma and shows brown sugar and something that I associate with candied pecans... bitterness is thankfully still fairly present after all this time so is a piney/grapefruit zest hoppiness... could use more hops though.
Medium/big bodied with a light carbonation that only accentuates the thickness on the palate... pretty damn hot even after at least 10 months in the bottle.
A bit of a mess at this point, but a bit more refined than when it was first released... I have a couple more but would like to get some to put away for the long haul... I think this one is going to be muddy for quite a while and then emerge a better beer.
joet (2534) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - AUG 28, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bristly hops honey pepper anise fennel little sweet honey very lightly tacky.light heat. Deep golden color without much tan head