Illini08 (542) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JUL 28, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at the Carolina Crew tasting in Greenville - thanks to whoever brought this! Was informed that this was aged about a year. Reddish pour with a small head. Malty and sweet aroma with a hint of spices in there. Orange peel and other spice flavors I couldn’t quite put my finger on meshed nicely with the aged malt. Smooth drinking, although a bit of a hot finish. Really enjoyed drinking this.
tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - APR 18, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Thanks, Matt. Cloudy, ruddy copper and brown color with no real head, small beige collar. Aroma of caramel malt, stale hops, licorice, prune, some earth, a touch of cardboard. Flavor has lots of sweet, nutty hops, caramel, toffee cream, with overtones of earthy hops, light staleness, almonds, some nougat, and an alcohol finish. Medium-heavy mouth feel.
Damico (3053) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 10, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours thick unclear dark ruby amber with a sandy head. Aroma is sweet, a bit fruity, and contains big sweet malty barleywine notes. Flavor brings sweet lemony malty notes typical of a barleywine on a bigger body. It is not totally cutting on the palate, but still pretty big.
OldMrCrow (2238) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 8, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (2007) sampled 10/2013.
One of the problems with cellaring American beer is that even if it does improve with aging, it would have to improve enormously to keep up with the pace of brewing and distribution improvement that weíve enjoyed over the past decade. (Full Sail Black Gold, Iím looking at you!) This one is probably suffering from the same problem -- it was doubtless quite a special beer in 2007 but in 2013 weíre spoiled with an overabundance of riches. It took me a while to open this one and I may have let it go past its prime but it seemed like a bit of a special occasion beer and there arenít that many special occasions when Iím looking for a 13% ABV American ale. Tonightís not a special occasion either, but I thought this would nicely complement last nightís Pike Old Bawdy Wine. Pours orange-brown with gold highlights and little head into my Samichlaus snifter. Straight-ahead aged (American) barleywine nose: toffee, orange, oxidized hops. Pretty hot even after all these years, warming down the back of my throat. I donít pick up much in the way of the spices; the flavor more or less follows directly from the aroma: quite sweet, lots of toffee, oxidized hops, never really drying out in the close. Itís an In the end itís a tasty beer but not a particularly special one -- at 13% it better knock my socks off and this one is just enjoyable.
adnielsen (10310) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 3, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle @ home, thanks to arminjewell. Thanks Armin! Pours a deep orangish brown appearance with a thin brown head. Somewhat oxidized, a bit boozy, chewy belgian yeast, raisin/plum, somewhat woody, spicy aroma. Big toffee, chocolate, sweet malty, mild to moderate paper/cardboard, a touch fruity flavor. Lots of malt, somewhat oxidized but overall pretty good. I didnít really get spices in the flavor. Aged pretty well.
arminjewell (9143) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - AUG 3, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour out of 750 mL bottle, thanks Markus! Thick dark brown pour with thin white head, aroma brought notes of lots of sherry, dark fruits, lots of caramel, toffee, burnt sugars, hints of oak, slight spice notes. Taste is a nice smooth mix of lots of sherry, brandy notes, some dark fruits, toffee, hints of oak, slight spice, hints of red fruits as well, finishing sweet, dry, and full. Pretty nice at this age.
Ughsmash (7465) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 1, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber. Poured rich, deeper plumy-brown with a short, dense beige head. The aroma picked up rich, fruity malts, caramel, and molasses with accents of black pepper and oxidation.. a hair over the hill, but solid. The flavor found tangy, slightly metallic notes throughout, with dark fruit and molasses at the core.. tangy fruit skins, oxidation, and peppery notes around.. finished tangy and warm. Medium-bodied and a bit too tangy on the palate.. overall it held up well, but it was probably better a few years ago.
BMan1113VR (7914) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 30, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at RBSG. Pours with an orange to brown hued body, with medium-low clarity and a small off-white head. Aromas are sweet, nearly cloying, spicy, medium phenol, earthy. Flavors are sweet, spicy and boozy. Medium strong bitterness, warming, earthy cedar like notes, spruce, brown sugar, cola. Medium carbonation and very warming.
madmitch76 (20046) - , Essex, ENGLAND - DEC 2, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
26th February 2011
Cloudy brown beer. Small tan head. Mellow malty nose with some fruit and chocolate. Surprisingly light palate, semi dry. Sweet dried fruits and subtle pineapple cube sweets. Aniseed spice. Subtle and mellow chocolate. Sweet peach and apricot in the finish which is semi dry. Hides the 13.0% very well. Tasty and somewhat exotic beer!
AmEricanbrew (6566) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - SEP 27, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy amber color with ivory sheen. Oxidized pit fruit, caramel, marshmallow aromas. medium body. Same oxidized pit fruit, caramel, marshmallows in the flavor--good
illidurit (2270) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 5, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle on the RBSG 2012 bus. Dark copper brown color, tan head. Malty sweet with ginger, allspice, tons of caramel, raisins. Strong and thick but not very boozy.