peteinSD (1419) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 7, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Deep, amber colored pour with a scattering of off-white foam. Aroma is hit you over the head dense and sweet barley wine malt with raisin, date, layered sugars, and trailing alcohol vapors. Taste is chewy raisin, dense toffee, light hints of oxidization, and alcohol bitterness. Blended with barrel aged beer? Didn’t get any of that. [edit - there’s a smidge of bourbon as it hits room temp.] Coating mouthfeel. Good, heavy duty barley wine.
Ron (2848) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAR 2, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at MacGregor’s.($9 for a 5.5 oz glass) Hazy amber/orange color. Medium slightly creamy body. Aroma of toasted sweet malt, caramel/toffee, fruit, & some vanilla. Flavor of sweet malt, caramel/toffee, molasses, spicy hops, fruit, and some bourbon, Warm finish. The alcohol is noticeable. Nicely balanced. This is the night Shelia could not make it to the RPO to listen to some lady sing Barbra Streisand tunes. So I had to go in her place. We only lasted to 1st intermission. Then off to the bars.
KingCecil (2066) - DENMARK - MAR 2, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap @ CBC 2013 ….. It pours clear amber with a medium off-white head… Toasted malt, caramel, dried fruit, alcohol, toffee…. nice!
tectactoe (2937) - Michigan, USA - FEB 10, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Amber tinted, mostly copper body, dingy & hazed out with a gray-tinted head that settles quickly after even the hardest of pours. Aroma has notes of sweet toffee, burnt sugar, rosy fruits, plums, figs, juicy dates soaked in booze, light vanilla, & a touch of wood. Lots of sweet & burnt brown sugar notes in the flavors; boozy raisins & figs, wood, & vanilla. With the oaky vanillin & brown sugar-y notes mixing, the flavor is reminiscent of crème brûlée at times. Butterscotch-y, a little. Pretty large hop presence, mostly in the afterbirth with notes of ashy leaves, & floral perfume. Low-key notes of whiskey in the aftertaste with a mellow, finishing sweetness. I don’t know why people love to hate this beer... Yes, it is definitely overpriced. However, still quite tasty in my opinion, & a very enjoyable sipper.
Steasy66 (1035) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 26, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Amber with 1 finger white head. Aroma has a malty toffee background with a good amount of fruity hops, bit of banana in there as well. Opens extremely sweet, middle has some dark fruit and bananas, and the finish is fairly bitter with a bit of fruit. This isn’t bad, but its far from good.
olr1984 (1223) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - JAN 25, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle pours a bright orange amber with a thin off white head. sweet malt bourbon and maple aroma. taste is the same
OKplus (787) - Oklahoma, USA - JAN 18, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml served in a Tripel Karmeleliet tulip because I just knocked my snifter off the counter shattering into a thousand pieces. Sad.
Vintage 2012 Anniversary!
A - Pours a hazy garnet amber with a yellowish sudsy head. The head forms a razor thin cap with speckled lacing left on the glass.
S - Candied barley, sweet citrus, caramel, toffee, bourbon barrel, spicy grains, maple syrup, orange alcohol.
T - Thick toffee malt, spicy barley, orange cream, confectioners sugar, maple syrup, honey drenched grain, grapefruit rind, the citrus hops provide good flavor and medium bitterness against this heavy handed malt. Notes of bourbon soaked wood, a peppery spicyness becomes more pronounced as it warms. The spicyness comes from the alcohol but seems to trick the palate into thinking it’s from a spicy grain. Finishes malty, spicy and slightly bitter.
M - Thick syrupy body, low creamy carbonation. Fuller body for the ABV. Gets slicker as it warms.
This is big all around. It still has a good amount of grapefruit hops which it needs to combat all that sweet malt. I like this better now than when I had it 4 months ago for some strange reason. As sweet and as high as this ABV is, I found my self talking bigger drinks. This beer is very smooth and for the amount of malt this puppy packs there is a good supporting cast with the wood and hops. I’ve had beers in this ABV range and most can’t pull it off. This one does.
I wouldn’t set on this one too much longer. The remaining hops are what saves this beer from being an ultra sweet diabetes overload. Drink it now.
Serving type: bottle
beerfest5 (1201) - Dublin, IRELAND - JAN 17, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Ok with 15% abv, its past the point of trying to hide the booze in either the hops or malts. This is a sipper, preferably after a large meal, and sharing it with several people. Even when all the objectives are met, this is still a tough one. Some redeeming factors, the maple syrup came through well, not cloying like I expected, but I don’t think Ill be coming back for seconds
joeneugs (3805) - Livermore, California, USA - JAN 2, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle. It pours a very clear amber/orange color with an orange head. The aroma is ultra sweet with rum soaked raisins, orange marmalade, maple syrup, bourbon and a touch of rubbing alcohol. The flavor is kind of the same. More maple syrup and bitter orange, some cherry cough syrup, vanilla and wood. It has a very rough bitter, aspirin/alcoholic finish. Way too rough.
koleminer20 (870) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - DEC 10, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 3, 2014 750 mL bomber into a snifter. The pour is a nice bright orangish brown color with a good light tan head and a solid amount of lacing. The aroma is big on fruit and bourbon with a nice malt character. The fruitiness is rather strong, letting the bourbon and vanilla characters pop up on the back end. The flavor is a bit more bourbony on the front end, but then a nice complexity rolls in with the fruit, malt, and a solid sweetness. The mouth feel is solid and there is a nice carbonation to accompany a good lingering boozy, yet fruity, aftertaste.
Previous rating 3.7 (7, 4, 7, 4, 15)
On draft at Ashley’s. The pour is very light, red, and not overly impressive. The head is thin. Filmy and fades to a spotty lace. The aroma is difficult. There are some tobacco ish hints with hot a whole lot of bourbon or vanilla to it. It’s a little grainy, and not what is expect from the beer. The flavor is similarity disappointing. There is a nice bourbony flavor to it but it’s missing a lot of the characteristics of a good barleywine. It’s not terrible, but it’s not overly impressive. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone