Jblauvs (1350) - Chester, Vermont, USA - JAN 19, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Strangebrew
Pours a glowing orange. Aroma is boozy, sweet dried pinneaple, pear, caramel, vanilla, and brown sugar. Quite hot and boozy with pleasant flavors of simmering caramel, vanilla, pear, maple syrup, and a flutter of oak. An overly sweet sipper for sure, but not unpleasant. This will most likely improve with age.
drfabulous (4411) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - JAN 18, 2013
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 ounce bottle from Shenanigans. Light orange looking body. Medium carbonation in pour that settles. Big alcohol presence in taste and aroma. Sweet. Toffee. Some vanilla. Maple syrup. Lot of criticism of this, and Iím not sure why. A sweet sipping barley wine. I have 22 ounces of a 15% beer, and two hours before bedtime. I think I can do it.
pineypower (2635) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - JAN 15, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle on Christmas Eve. Pours out an attractive, clear reddish amber color with a small head. Aroma is of sweet toffee, caramel, fruit, oaky barrel, alcohol and some light hop bitterness. Taste is lots of upfront sweetness, oak, vanilla, toffee, alcohol, some light earthy notes, more booze, sweet burnt sugar.
Leighton (13021) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 15, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared at CBC - Clerkenwell, London - thanks to Seth for sharing this beer (although, Iím positive he couldnít come close to drinking this beer by himself). Pours clear gold with a fine, white cream head. Big sweet melon aroma, hints of ripe citrus, faint pine. Monstrously sweet flavor, big melony sugars, ripe citrus fruits, big white bread, alcohol, ripe orange. Full bodied with fine to average carbonation. Sweet and warming finish - stupidly sweet, I should add - with further melon, mango, more ripe citrus. Very, very sweet. Not an outstanding barley wine by any means. As a humorously sweet crunk sauce (if an expensive one) it isnít bad stuff. Itís been enjoyable watching the hype arch of this beer.
mwbrady12 (469) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 13, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Complex and changing aroma and taste of bourbon and malt, with an amber appearance and lingering mouthfeel.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
JStax (3395) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - JAN 13, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Lighter copper. Thin white head. Tropical fruit hops. Citrusy. Sweeter, raisins, malty. Hefty.
WanderinCelt87 (191) - Hamburg, New Jersey, USA - JAN 12, 2013
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Has avery very subtle aroma with a sweet malty taste. Pours a beautiful amber brown with a white head. Has avery little bit of bite but doesnít over power sweetness of the malt.
blackflag321 (546) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - JAN 12, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber pour to snifter. Burnt orange with slight foamy head. I was a bit apprehensive with the initial taste--bold and suggesting a mixed up syrupy bomb. However, the maple syrup and bourbon was nicely done on the palate and aftertaste. It does remind me of Nemesis (credit to Chalskís review). I look forward to the second bottle that I plan to open in about a year.
jackl (5343) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 11, 2013
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Thanks to Seth for providing this! The pourís deep amber with a small head. The nose is full with huge malty aromas. Loads of sweet caramel popcorn. Peanut butter, toffee, maple syrup and shoe polish. Big, sweetness. This aroma made me prime the nearest EpiPen. The taste is so, so sweet. Full of caramelised apple, maple syrup. Candy corn. French toast. Heavy, sweet boozy treacle and vanilla. Woody bourbon accents. The bodyís full, sticky, hot. This is so sweet that itís tough to drink. Overall, sure, thereís loads of flavor here. But this beerís completely unbalanced and not all that enjoyable. Itís like a funhouse mirror abstraction of a barleywine. So yeah, this is a bit garbage.
Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - JAN 9, 2013
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Serving: Draft at Fire Works Leesburg. It pours a deep amber-red with a decent light tan head. The nose is bourbon and maple syrup. The flavor is a mix of pine, bourbon, maple, caramel, oak, toasted malt, marzipan, fusels, obvious alcohol, and long, lasting bitterness. This brew is all over the place. Full bodied with too much sweetness and a bitterness that not only doesnít pair well, but lasts way too long. Given the high ABV, Iím sure it will hold up well over time. I hope the flavor improves. This one is a mess as is.