jhgrantjr (392) - Tennessee, USA - JAN 17, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a dark cola color with little head. Aroma of roasted malts. Taste is malty, slightly bitter, not boozy at all for 12%. Leaves a bitter aftertaste.
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JStax (2336) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - JAN 13, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark caramel color, greyish head. Peaty, smoky, malty sweet aroma. Sweet and slightly smoky. Dry finish.
BoostIPA (958) - Pouring Bus, New York, USA - JAN 12, 2013
1.1 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 2/20
Pours a cola red/black with a small light tan head that fades to a ring quite quickly. Strange aromas of rubber in the nose, along with some dark fruit. This is quite off putting. Again, rubber in the taste. This beer is like sucking on a rubber band wrapped around wet cardboard. I will finish this, but Iím not going to like it. This is bad. No.
PhillyCraft (2568) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 13, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle consumed last year, had almost exactly a year of age on it. Reddish brown pour with small tan head. Lacing was ok and carbonation was on the low side. Aromas and taste of sugar, prunes, oak, dark fruit, dark chocolate, coffee, and light hops. Alcohol is pretty well hidden in this Barley wine. It was good but nothing spectacular.
madmitch76 (12076) - , Essex, ENGLAND - NOV 25, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2nd February 2011
Opaque black beer, good sized tan head, short lived. Softish palate, a little dry. Soft dark malt. Fresh briney hops provide a lovely contrast. Pine hops as well. This is how a dark barleywine should taste. A moorish lip smacker of a beer.
mcberko (4773) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 4, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle, sent from javit (thanks a lot, Adam), pours a near-black / dark brown with a small beige / tan head. Nose is very bold with dark fruits dominating, some roasted malts, cherries, toffee, vanilla and the reminiscence that this was hoppy when fresh. Flavour brings out loads of roasted malts a la a stout, mixed with toffee, dark fruits and still quite a pronounced hoppiness after 2+ years. This is essentially a marriage between a highly roasted stout and a dark fruit-heavy barley wine, more emphasized on the latter. Full-bodied, finishing on bitter roasted notes. Alcohol is surprisingly well-worked for being 12%, leaving no burn, though the body has the distinct feel that this is high ABV. A very slow sipping beer full of intensity that is a bit difficult to drink - so much happening here. Enjoyable nonetheless.
arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 3, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12oz bottle thanks to Rusty Diamond, appreciate it! 100 IBUís and 12% ABV? Shiiit! I wasnít sure if this was a black barleywine, DIPA, or what. It was dark black, it did smell like hops slightly and it was unmistakeably 12% ABV. I was so glad I split this with a couple friends, four ounces was more than enough. One of my friends though this was a lot like Port Old Viscosity but I canít really say. It was syrupy, thick, hoppy, malty, alcoholic, not quite "messy" but clearly overdone. I find it hard to believe Founderís could not have knocked this down a bot and had a very nice black ipa...
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 10-22-2010 03:51:45
Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - OCT 16, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle split 2 ways. Thanks to daneilnovak3 for the share. Served in a mini tasting snifter.
A: Pours a dark purplish color with some light brown hues mixed in. A light tan head forms on the pour and quickly recedes to a thin film and ring.
S: Lots of dark fruits are present up front. Sweet grapes and dark figs mostly, with a oat malt bill.
T: The taste is a lot like the nose, but more complex. The same fig earthiness and grape sweetness are present up front, but it quickly makes way for slight leather, oat malts and minimal booze on the finish.
M: Medium bodied with a slightly thick and syrupy mouthfeel. Light carbonation.
O: A very solid beer. At this point the hops had drastically faded and this turned into a slightly above average English barleywine IMO. It still had some layers of flavor though and Iím glad I got try it.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 03-25-2012
radarsock (621) - Massachusetts, USA - AUG 12, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 13, 2012 Iím thanking Ryan for giving this beer to Adam which meant I got to tr y it. Pours a burnt brown color. Smells of booze, prunes, oak, hops and refined sugar, tastes basically the same. A little roastier by swallow.
adamjackson (1733) - Lyme, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 12, 2012
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thanks Ryan for sending me these in February. Enjoyed in a wine glass.
A - dark brown in the glass. Nice red hues on the edge. Small level of carbonation but itís small.
S - Very sweet. Lots of oak and birch on the nose. Some burnt characters, toasted / roasted malts. Some hints of cherries.
T - Very roasty up front. Burnt brown sugar, carmelized sugar. Like a candy apple. Huge amount of wood. Mahogany, oak, birch and maple. Maybe Iím confusing this but Iím getting some maple syrup as well.
M - 10% carbonation, heavy body
O - This beer is still too sweet. I was hoping with 2 years on it, weíd get a better result but nope.