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Shipyard Gladiator Essedarius

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RATINGS: 23   MEAN: 3.54/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45/5   EST. CALORIES: 339   ABV: 11.3%
Gladiator Essedarius Bourbon Imperial Roman Style Ale is unlike any competitor in the colosseum of craft beers, it thunders into the arena like a charioteer at top speed with notes of raisin, cheery,and fig aromas leading; followed by roasted barley, vanilla, and bourbon barrel laced malt coating your tongue. The smoky finish is dry, lingering and complex. A barley wine style ale of epic proportions.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jabah (388) - Winter Park, Florida, USA - JAN 5, 2016
I bought this a couple years ago and aged for 2 before sampling on NYE. I think that was a good idea, as it may have smoothed it out a bit. Aroma is strong of bourbon and alcohol. Once sampled, the ABV% is somewhat hidden. Flavors of fig, raisin, bread....all kinds of complex malts and hops. Reminded me of some of the He’brew Anniversary beers that have been around. This was on sale for only $7.99 at the time...so wishing I had grabbed 2-3.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
djd07 (10024) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 17, 2015
Bottle during RBWG, pours a dark amber with beige head. The aroma is roast and dark fruits. Thin mouth with sweet roasted malt and caramel with lingering dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopscotch (10612) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 15, 2015
Bottle... Brown pour with a fizzy, short-lived, lightly tanned head. The aroma is a mishmash of caramel, dates, dark bread, dust and cheap bourbon. Full-bodied with an oily mouthfeel and tingly carbonation. The flavor furnishes toastiness and caramel accompanied by a medley of dried dark fruits and hot alcohol. Caramel, toffee and semi-harsh alcohol heat in the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
NeoHippie2 (1074) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JUL 10, 2014
Dark brown pour with a small head. Aromas of bourbon, raisins, brown sugar, figs, and oak. Wow! Flavor doesn’t disappoint either. Big candied dark fruits and bourbon. Finish is slightly warming but not overpowering. Very tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AnokaBrewer (170) - Anoka, Minnesota, USA - MAY 15, 2014
The aroma is caramel, roasted malt, raisin and sweet smelling. The color is a cloudy brown. The taste is sweet, but some hops present to even out the malt. Very strong mouth feel. Full bodied beer that is like a meal. I would get this beer again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Edmoe (241) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 29, 2014
Dark, opaque pour with thin tan head; decent lacing. Smells strongly of fruit (berries?) slightly too sweet. Taste is malt and fruity sweetness, a little cloying. Some lingering bitterness. Overall, pretty good. Would get again.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
TURDFERGUSON (4046) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 28, 2013
Bottle shared by David Rosen. thanks for this shit. Note of raisins, lots of oak,sharp booze. Very thin mouthfeel and boozy lacking flavor. Meh.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ibrew2or3 (8159) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 26, 2013
750mL caged and corked bottle, courtesy of markwise, pours with a murky muddy dark brown body that supports a nice looking mocha colored head that took some pour height to tease up. The aroma offers up sweet molasses and caramel and smooth candy like bourbon booze. Beneath those notes murmurs a thick stream of thin sweet dark fruity esters. First off, particularly while this is a little too cold, this reminds me of bourbon Angel’s Share and I’m really liking it. The taste is similar and seems Angels Share like, to my liking. I get smooth bourbon mixing with molasses and slivers of caramel. Behind those notes are timid little sweet dark fruity esters that mingle about well off in the background. This is s a pretty damn good barrel aged barleywine. Well done.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
PorterPounder (7334) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - NOV 27, 2013
Tallahassee, Fl - ABC Fine Wine & Spirits - Betton - 750 ml cage corked bottle. Pours a thick inky black with an initial eggshell white head that fades after a bit. Aroma is that of bourbon, molasses, and prunes. Flavor is a little bit over the top and cloying and since I am not one of those that thinks that anything that is barrel aged is golden - this just did not sit right. Strong bourbon overtones, some molasses, just a hint of soy sauce, some sweet prunes. Mouthfeeel is thick enough. About eight ounces would have been enough. Glad this was marked down to $7.99.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
drowland (7887) - Georgia, USA - JUL 16, 2013
I have had this three times now... RBWG, at Brian’s moving/cellar cleaning party, and at the epic BA barleywine tasting... all three times it was awful, especially compared to the beers around it. Oddly enough it comes across as sour, salty, hay, and chocolate on the aroma, with a sour hay flavor, roast, and more chocolate, hints of boozy whiskey. Awful stuff.

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