Narnad (1518) - Wonder Lake, Illinois, USA - MAR 25, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a deep brown color with a low, off-white head that fades quickly. Aroma has a strong earthy nose, a lot of citrus bitterness with a very smooth roasted and toasted malt presence that lends a sweet, leathery nose. Flavor starts off with notes of anise, caramel malt and light fig and flows into the bitter hops component the adds a light pine with a strong earthy presence and modest citrus orange kick. Body is dense with a pretty oily feeling and a low amount of carbonation that works for the style perfectly. Overall a fantastic brew. The malt sweetness has mellowed and lends a very complex smoothness. The hops have mellowed a bit add a bitter, dark fruitiness. Fantastic drinking.
Mark_Eck (1921) - - JUL 18, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours black. Aroma and taste are dark fruits, roasted malts, molasses, and some booze.
alexsdad06 (9148) - Ohio, USA - JUL 12, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle multiple times notes and a recently popped bottle. Pours dark brown to black in color with reddish highlights at the edges and a medium sized beige head. The aroma and flavor have roasted malt, caramel, chocolate, some earthy hops, resin, dark fruits, berries, some alcohol young but not as much as the previous year, still drinks pretty nice today.
JPDIPSO (5673) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 11, 2016
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark brown color with a moderate, fairly stable, dark beige head. Nice lace. Big hops aromas atop a dark rich fruitcake. Citrus and pine mix with dark fruits of fig, dates, dark cherries and berries. There are some liqueur scents rising, mostly I believe from the alcohol. I’m nit picking in that it is a bit too sweet in the aromas, but I do find the aromas very nice with all the fruit scents. Smooth, chewy to stick liquid on the palate. Sweet start with a real malt base. Caramel, marzipan, and light candi lead to A mild bitterness with some pine and citrus. Much less than the aroma suggests. A nice balanced barley wine. Late roasted and toasted malts. Reminds of a brew once brewed in the area - Nocturne Ale by RWS (RIP) or a strong OSA. 6/10
badgerben (4889) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - FEB 29, 2016
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep brown color with a whispy head that quickly vanishes. Very rich aroma of toffee, dark caramel, coffee. Certainly some oxidation. Flavors of toasted brown bread, thick molasses (borderline blackstrap), chestnut, walnut, caramel. Some raisin. Thick body, slightly astringent finish. Not sweet at all. Delicious, and I can’t tell if I let it age a year or two too long, or a few years too early!
onceblind (7529) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 10, 2016
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aged 5 years! Deep dark brown with a thin bubbly light beige head. Big boozy brown sugar and oak and earthy dark chocolate on the nose with a touch of caramel and plum. Big huge flavor with robust cocoa, brown sugar, boozy honey and fruity undertones, lots of roast, lots of oak. Big booze and roast and herbal bitterness behind it all.
tapthis (225) - Baytown, Texas, USA - AUG 3, 2015
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a very dark brown (almost black). The aroma has dark fruits and heavy candies. The flavor is of sugar, dark fruits, and heavy candy. Overall a very delicous beer
mrkanable (1) - Illinois, USA - JUN 28, 2015 does not count
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
GD50 stream, night 2. 6/28/2015 tasting.
This beer is tasting better than it ever has. The hops are taking a backseat without tasting stale. Some oxidation in the nose, but the flavor is sweet molasses and caramels with an assertive bitterness to cut through. Sherry-like oxidation notes & lingering bitterness finish.
nathan30533 (1018) - Clifton, Ohio, USA - FEB 21, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This was a beauty. This beer was almost six years old when we enjoyed it. Very breads and oh so tasty. Thanks to a good friend for cracking this beauty.
tykechandler (343) - Kentucky, USA - FEB 1, 2015
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Это пиво вкусное. я, конечно, рекомен& его всем, что любит хорошую Craft пива!
bytemesis (6979) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JAN 20, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to deyholla! Pours rich deep mahogany, small tan head, decent lacing. Aroma is full of dark sugars, raisin, prune, fig, a touch of pine, chocolate. Flavor is a bit oxidized, medium sweet and medium bitter, chocolate, fig, raisin, cardboard, pine trees. Full body, creamy mouthfeel. Pretty hot. Likely a bit past its prime, but still a nice sipper.