badwhale (356) - Bitterville, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 30, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle to glass mug. Pours a caramel color, cloudy and almost no head. Looks like good lacing. AVB is evident in this one. Itís almost too boozy, however I kinda like it. Itís barleywine-esque, like the description says. I would keep these in the beer cellar...
ilovedarkbeer (2279) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 28, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark brown color. Notes of molasses, licorice, dark chocolate, and earthy hops, Silky mouthfeel with a long finish.
VastActiv (2782) - Oulu, FINLAND - AUG 22, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Teurastamo, Helsinki. Colour is orange with small white head. Aromas and flavors: Dark fruits, raisins, sweetness and malts.
arondee (561) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - AUG 19, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a dark brown color with little to no head. Aroma is sweet and malty. The taste is sweet and thick with sugar. Lots of caramel and scotch ale type flavors. Decent.
lb4lb (2531) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 19, 2014
2.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Smell is old stale malt. bandaid, gooey, caramel. Pretty smooth given the ABV, but not my favorite smell at all and flavor either. Decent, and better than the dirty bastard but far from anything iíd have again. kind of fruity, caramelly flavored malt. I can see how some would like this.
Jayb0 (1022) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - AUG 16, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Really nice, holding up even at the end of a night of great, and usually big beers. The malt is dominant and rich but not cloyingly sweet. The alcohol is warming, not burning.
kdm1984 (650) - Missouri, USA - AUG 15, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Copper-ish color. Nice-sized head, average retention, and thin, inconsistent rings of lacing. Smells like whiskey, brandy, or rum - and chocolate, of all things, along with the accompanying molasses. Maybe some fruit and cake, too. Well, that sure is different. Taste: mega boozy malt bomb. Oak. Very tart! Nose burns after first taste. Second taste: similarly potent. Also noticing lots of acid. Says it has the sweetness of a barleywine, but itís not that heavy-bodied despite everything else going on. Wow. Definitely not having an entire bottle of this tonight. A small pour is more than enough. Some neat things going on here, but itís all rather over-the-top. Recommended, but with plenty of caution. My eyes are even watering.
sudomorph (578) - Barrie, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 11, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a clear, but bright amber/orange with a thin, off white film head. Aroma is large. Sweetness, dark fruits, vanilla, caramel, and barrel notes. Taste is sweet but drinkable. Dark fruits, caramel, vanilla, and an alcohol warmth at the end. Not really an alcohol taste though. Medium-full body with a medium carbonation. Smooth texture in the mouth. Very slightly syrupy but not overly sweet with a semi dry finish. Overall very nice. Great sweet, dark fruit flavours blended with awesome barrel notes.
Beachmaster (110) - Oklahoma, USA - AUG 10, 2014
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz bottle into a tulip glass. Pours a hazy golden brown, with a moderate khaki head which quickly fades into a disc on the surface, leaving good lacing. Nose is malt and dark fruit. Taste follows the nose, with a hint of hop bitterness on the finish. Very smooth, well-balanced old style alt. Hides the 9.8 % ABV well.
Bricktop86 (563) - Moore, Oklahoma, USA - AUG 9, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours clear light brown with a white head. Aroma is Aroma of dark fruits, roast, and molasses. Taste follows nose
highlandlad (1416) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - AUG 7, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Superior old ale that has a lot going on and stays just on the right side of sweet. Pours the colour of caramel with a solid plug of foam. Sweet and spicy on the nose - potentially too sweet for my taste but reserving judgement at this point. Chewy toffee dominates. Also sultanas, ginger powder and a winey note - Faugeres? First sip, and yep, this is sweet. Damn you, molasses. Soft, smooth palate - lovely. Flavour emphasis is very much on the malt. Restrained oak - tick. Come to think of it, the molasses is reasonably restrained, too - half a tick. Overall, quite a sophisticated flavour profile. Chewy toffee, dried fruit, light oak and brown sugar. A dessert ale but quite satisfying. (355ml bottle from Leura Cellars. BB17/6/14)