Chuckaduck (674) - Highland Heights, Kentucky, USA - JAN 28, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours translucent green-copper with a thin white head. Aroma is hoppy, sweet, earth, dark fruit, alcohol. Taste is complex; vanilla, dark fruit, earth, grass, citrus, dry red grapes all stand out, but really thereís a lot more going on here. Well-hidden alcohol. Thick, chewy mouth feel. Low carbonation. Incredibly drinkable. Delicious, amazing and beautiful. This beer was masterfully crafted. There is so much at work within this blend, but itís so perfectly woven together, creating this homogeneous experience. It breaks my heart that this will probably never be bottle again.
ApisAles (1576) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - JAN 27, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Clear copper pour with a white head. Aroma is sweet vanilla, woody, deep but light. Flavor is sweet but not cloying. Good malt balance, some great wood notes. Crisp, bright and dense. Tasted amazing. Complex well balanced. Excellent beer.
Beerathon (1679) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 27, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Yowzah! This is a great beer. Love the smooth alcohol nose and finish of this barely wine. Very hoppy, but balanced well by the malts.
tmongoose (1964) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 27, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
on draft mid winter beer warmer in asheville. poured reddish color with white head. aroma was strong boozy and sweet with malts. some spiciness underneath. flavor was strong sweet malts on the front end..cant tell you what kind of spices were used but you can taste them blended through. the booze comes on the back end. as well as any barley wine you can put this away until next year or later...just guessing this would age very well and the flavors would only become more pronounced.
arkurzynski (2014) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 26, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Red-brown pour. Nose is fairly heavy with dank hops, deep dark fruit malt, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, and booze. Flavor is dank hop bitterness upfront giving way the sticky, boozy caramel and toasted malt. Light fruitiness. Maybe catch a little of the maple syrup sweetness towards the end. Sticky, coating malt finish with hop bitterness and booze twang. Needs more time.
Pailhead (6147) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - JAN 26, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: The aroma consists of heavy caramel, toffee, fruit, and light oxidation. It pours a transparent amber with a small off-white head that quickly fades to a thin ring around the edges of the glass. The flavor starts with a moderate-heavy caramel and toffee. The finish has fruit, aged citrus hops, and some oxidation. Overall, itís good, but the price is a bit drastic
Martinus (4317) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - JAN 26, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Reddish brown colour, white head. Aroma of hops, resin, citrus, malts, vanilla and honey. Hop bitter flavour, quite sweet, caramel. Hop bitter finish, quite malty, some honey.
(From 75cL bottle @ RBBWG II. Courtesy of Thirstybird. Thanks Ryan!)
hivemind (875) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 24, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at VSK night at Blint Tiger back on 11/28/2013 with James, Streets, some others. Very boozy but not so much as to be a negative, which I think is what James though. Barrel aging comes through very well. Syrupy mouthfeel and a creamy body.
Emeister84 (1804) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 24, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Lemon poppy seed muffin, orange peel, toast, caramel, molasses, vanilla, and subtle booze on the nose. The appearance is a clear strawberry red with orange highlights, and a khaki head that is moderately diminishing. Sweet, strong, and has a nice degree of bitterness, with notes of berries, almond, vanilla, subtle bourbon, and booze. Full bodied, with moderate carbonation, and a lightly sweet, lingering bitter finish. A very rich and complex ale that will age well for many years.
flatmatt (1347) - Northville, Michigan, USA - JAN 23, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 mL bottle. Pours a clouded orange amber with a yellowy off-white head. Sweet caramel aroma with citrus, toffee, very slight oxidation notes. Flavor has caramel, citrus hops, toastiness, oak with an alcohol sharpness and again a slight oxidation hint. Itís a good barley wine, but wow is it expensive.