CLevar (376) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 21, 2012
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle pour. Dark copper gold, lasting head, decent lacing. Aroma is a hot mess of hops, booze, crystallized brown sugar malts. Taste is, yep, a hot mess of hops, booze, crystallized brown sugar malts. The hops really seem out of place here with as much residual sugar as this beer has....they seem an afterthought, and not one that I really enjoy. Of all the beers tonight, this is the one that I had the hardest time finishing. Unfortunately, I donít see this one getting much better either.
Iphonephan (3403) - McLean, Virginia, USA - OCT 28, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On draft at ChurchKey in D.C. Vintage 2012. Pours a clear copper with an ecru head. Aroma of caramel. Flavors of oak and vanilla. Boozy finish.
wilnatp (604) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 27, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Surly Darkness Eve 2014. I am unable to find written tasting notes on this.
RasmusOtt (1211) - Aalborg, DENMARK - OCT 25, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to mother brother for bringing this. Pours amber with a beige head. Aroma of big caramel malts, ripe plums, sweet resin, syrup and some punchy hops in the background. Taste of resin, hops, big caramel, syrup and a bit of alcohol burn. A big american Barley Wine!
zickbeer_ye (282) - Virginia, USA - OCT 23, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Sweet vanilla, malt, and grape aromas. Light bone colored head and thick orange brown body. Malty, sweet vanilla and some berry flavors. Smooth on the palate.
vickvega82 (40) - Maine, USA - OCT 21, 2014
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a really clean amber with about a 3/4 inch tan head that hangs on for a minute with a smodge of lacing. Has a very traditional barley wine smell. Some spicy floral with a malty smell and definitely Oak. For a 15% its very smooth. You really dont feel rhe high abv as much on the tongue as you do just the warmth going down. Its barely malt and vanilla up front with that spice on the back. Ive had it on the shelf for 2 years and id have no doubt it could stand up to another 2 or 3. Top flight barley wwine
John25 (581) - Middletown, New Jersey, USA - OCT 11, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Cloudy copper. The 15% abv is very mellow which is probably due to the 2+ years of age. A little sweet bourbon shows up throughout the taste with maple syrup, caramel, vanilla, and brown sugar as well. This is a top-notch malt forward barley wine with a full body and a long finish. Really awesome overall, glad I got to try this one.
conway (1531) - - OCT 10, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Dark amber with little head. Aroma is caramel, dark fruit and brown sugar. Taste follows and adds some burnt sugar and maple syrup. Rich, thick and sticky mouthfeel. Awesome.
Ferris (4529) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 8, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle - Rich caramel, chocolate, vanilla and rich barrel notes. Clearcopper wit a decent white thin head. Caramel, vanilla and some light bourbon notes. Rich and nicely balanced. Very nice.
SirLimpsalot (2255) - SWEDEN - OCT 7, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
@ SBWF 2014: riktigt trevlig maltig doft. Smaken kommer som en bomb av malt, frukt, alkohol och rostat kaffe. Riktigt gott.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
slowrunner77 (5986) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 22, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
"Being prepared for this NOT being a 100% barrel aged beer was a big help. Like with Stoic, I think this is "only" a 97th percentile beer, and not a 100, because of expectations. People expecting a CBS like barreling or a bourbon bomb will be disappointed...unless they appreciate that while the beer might not be what they were expecting, itís a GREAT barleywine. For 15%, pretty mellow. Still a big beer, with ample sweetness, but incredible balance between the caramel and oak, good dose of citric hops, and slight vanilla, bourbon, and maple sweetness relegated to the background. Aroma and flavor are 9+. Couldnít keep my nose out of the glass, and though Iím sure itís a good thing I shared, I could have drank this 750 all by myself, and loved every sip. In the top 2% of newbies in 2012. Thanks Greg, aka ggrumet, for the trade. Ironically, same score as the beer I sent you for it! "