574deadzone (1047) - North Central, Indiana, USA - DEC 30, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a mostly clear yet dense flaming crimson with a creamy toffee-khaki head full of larger bubbles that settled to produce some sticky lace. Complex nose of brown sugar, maple, toffee, fruitcake, sticky buns, vanilla, booze, and candied fruit with some minty and herbal hop tones. Taste is super sweet with a fair bitterness to balance. Warm with alcohol, syrupy, tingly, creamy, heavier bodied. A big and boozy barleywine with a lot going on. A slow sipper for sure. Most enjoyable.
johnnnniee (2318) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 29, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a slightly hazy burnished copper with a huge frothy whit head that persists forever. Aromas of sweet sugary malt, brown sugar, pine and earthy hops with a touch of alcohol and a hint of dried fruit. The flavor is sweet rocket fuel. Sweet sugar, molasses, prunes and cherries with a solid shot of earthy pine hops. The alcohol is present enough to remind you that this is a big beer, but I’ve had more obtrusive alcohol presence in smaller beers before. There’s a solid shot of hop bitterness I would assume to counter the huge malt bill that this must have. Medium to thick body with a moderate level of carbonation, and a sweet syrupy resinous lightly hot mouthfeel. I enjoyed sipping on this for most of the night. It is a touch hot, maybe that will mellow with time, but I enjoyed it.
mcmd (314) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - DEC 29, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours cloudy amber orange decent off-white head. aroma brown sugar, maple syrup, caramel, booze. Taste is sweet bready malt, maple syrup, subtle bourbon, but of harsh alcohol finish. Needs time but will be great in a few years.
alexsdad06 (5483) - Ohio, USA - DEC 28, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle sample. Pours a hazy dark golden amber color with a small off white head. The aroma is sweet malts, caramel, maple, herbal spicy notes, wood, with only a hint of the bourbon. The flavor is sweet malts, caramel, woody, mild fruits, herbal with some alcohol heat. Moderate bitterness to the finish. Maybe this will mellow and the parts will start to blend together with time.
JoeTheYounger (1144) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - DEC 27, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from punkrkr27 that I shared with folks at congregation alehouse. This was a good one with a nice hop bitterness up front with some toffee amd caramel and slight bourbon. Had a slight burn going down but did not taste like 15%. Well done.
Slipstream (2030) - USA - DEC 27, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
This behemoth was on tap at Capone’s Thanksgiving event, where I had a sip, but given my world class beer taste sensors, I feel qualified to rate it. Very rich and boozy, as much like a whiskey punch as a beer. Molasses, tobacco, caramel, smoke, bourbon. Not really my favorite style, but worthy of respect.
craftbeerdesign (2177) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 25, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
shared 750ml. pours a deep orange / ruby with a small white head. deep citrus / floral hop nose along with a thin layer of bourbon. med to full body with residual sugar, vanilla, light bourbon, light oak, caramel malts and a citrus bitterness. lingering alcohol warmth and citrus hops on the finish.
jercraigs (7894) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 24, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2012-12-08. Hazy dark orange amber body, nice small beige head and lace. 3+ First sips are boozy and quite hoppy, pretty warming alcohol in the throat, mild biscuity malt has whispers of caramel woven throughout. 7++ Sweet finish balances a bitter main. Aroma is maltier then the flavour, sweet biscuity notes and pale malt, fairly alcoholic, modest hops. 7+ Smooth medium bodied palate is softly carbonated. 3+ Nice but too boozy overall. On tap at Coles, Buffalo
Hophead22 (2880) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - DEC 23, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, thanks Marc. Rating #94. Phenomenal stuff. Nice bit of hops followed by a ton of caramel, toffee and dark fruit. Great! (2596)
BrownALEx (269) - Portland, Michigan, USA - DEC 23, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
This is one big beer. The biggest I’ve had. Small pour with almost no head. Smells of hops and booze. Taste is also that plus some small maple notes. Nice palate. Not too bad but also not my cup of tea. So glad I bought it though.