arminjewell (9262) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - DEC 21, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pour out of 750 mL bottle, clear orange pour with thin to no white head, aroma brought notes of maple, some booze, hints of slight celery, maple, some caramel, slight orange, hops, hints of earth. Taste is a mix of sweet maple, booze, some vanilla, oak, hints of spicy and earthy hops, finishing fairly boozy, slightly earthy. Eh.
Ibrew2or3 (8207) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 20, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big thanks to JPDurden24 for sharing this at the Annual Black Friday tasting, thanks Jon. Also a big thanks goes to the generous AshleySchaefer for trading me some Bolt Cutter in my time of need. I owe you Malcolm. So this big high shouldered 750mL bottle pours with a deep clear copper body that supports a tan head of foam. The aroma offers up pretty bold notes tossing up sugar candied pine resin that rolls into more of a citrus sensation of orange flavored hard candy and then a resiny grassiness at the end of the draw. The taste is similar with oddly sugary pine sap and then malt sweetened citrus hoppiness. This has loads of both flavor and bitter resiny hoppiness from front to back. Nice smooth bold rich stuff.
thunderhops (224) - Vermont, USA - DEC 17, 2012
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a clear copper with a off white head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is malts, alcohol. Taste is sweet malts, bourbon, slightly hoppy. Medium body with dry warming finish.
italianjohn (2910) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 17, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy copper orange pour, thin off white head and very light lacing .... aroma of caramel malts, oranges, boozy, maple syrup and light vanilla .... taste is very bitter and citrusy orange, maple syrup, light dry oak, caramel malts, light vanilla, rindy bitter hops and boozy .... finish is bitter warming and booxy .... definitely a brew to age .... syrupy slick mouthfeel .... complex and tasty, but definitely need to age and try again down the road
EvilHenchman (3) - Alabama, USA - DEC 16, 2012 does not count
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a dark brown amber with a little head that quickly dissipates. Nose is of candy peanuts peanut brittle liquory booze. Starts sweet and boost nutty in the middle and sweet coffee bitterness left in the mouth and tongue. Very nice grape fruity hook character balances and hides the 18% very well. Overall very good beer felt lucky when I found it after reading about it. Would drink again imagine it would become magical in time.
Drake (11937) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 16, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at Beer Run. Pours a clear vibrant auburn color with a thin frothy tan head. Decent head retention. Aroma of toffee, caramel, citrus hops and a mild nutty note. The taste is toffee, treacle, citrus hops and raisins. Medium bodied and a bit boozy. Nice beer.
BMan1113VR (7917) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 15, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle thanks to billshmeinke. Clear bronze orange pour, quite viscous, very retentive off white head. Aromas are canned and caramelized pineapple, some oak tannins, bourbon, marshmallow, maraschino cherries, vanillin. Flavors: tons of caramel, crystal malt, pineapple, hoppy, apple, butter, some honey. Bitter, floral hop, sticky sweet. Alcohol is nicely hidden, but this what I hate on east coast DIPAs, sticky sweet, bitter, canned pineapple. The balance of good American barley wines are still missing. Sticky, low carbonation and warming.
beernbourbon (1558) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - DEC 15, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap. Pour is deep clear amber with a small white head. Aroma and flavor are caramel malt with faint hop notes and light brandy qualities. A little spicy and hides 15% very well. Solid
Chalsk (1104) - North Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - DEC 15, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On the Second Day of Christmas the beer gods gave to me... Nemesis 2010 anyone? A hopped up bwine that reminds me how sad I was when I drank my last 2010 Nemesis. Pours a nice burnt orange color with a gentle white soapy head. Aroma of caramel, citrus, earthiness, and alcohol. Has a nice fluffy sweet start that gives a great feel before the hop hit. Nice sweet citrus notes and stickiness on the finish. Founders please make this a more regular brew ala breakfast stout.
Imperial_Scout (363) - Illinois, USA - DEC 13, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours deep amber, smell of citrus and barley. Tastes very much like a standard barley wine, but no barrel at all. A nice beer but a bit over hyped.