RobertDale (4756) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - MAY 19, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample at Hopfest 2015. Comes a dark reddish brown with a decent beige head. Aroma of fruit, malt, and whiskey. Taste is dark fruit, caramel malt, whiskey, and wood. Very nice.
mixmasterob (1019) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 9, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Greens. Dark ruby red pour with a thick, fluffy beige head. Big bubbles. Big bourbon, woody aroma jumped from the glass, caramel malt, touch of vanilla and booze. Flavors were also bourbon heavy, slightly sweet vanilla and caramel. Finish was slightly unpleasant with heavy bourbon and a lingering bitterness. Surprisingly thinnish mouthfeel, moderate carbonation. A bit rough around the edges, maybe some time will smooth this out. Was really looking forward to this!
Slipstream (2326) - USA - MAY 2, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at GD. Dry, aromatic barley wine - complex, a little citrus, fine aroma. Glad I got a chance to try it.
HoppyToday (3) - Oregon, USA - APR 22, 2015 does not count
2.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Okay, but somewhat of a disappointment based on style and previous ratings.
Thisis12ptfont (1056) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - APR 19, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aromas of oak, toffee, figs, raisins, molasses, beef jerky, leather, whiskey, spices, herbs and heavy liquid malt extract syrup. Appears a deep, dark mahogany with a purple tint and no foam at all. Taste is huge barrel notes, oak, raisin and whiskey upfront. Mid palate comes a quick sweetness of pitted dark fruits, plums, figs, dates and toffee. Finishes smooth with sharp bitterness, herbs, spices, whiskey, oak, melted caramel, nougat, blackberry juice and barrel wood. Overall, this beer is really impressive. Comes in layers of complexity and huge booze comes out as it warms. Really well done. The barrel did wonders.
Angelmonster (167) - Colorado, USA - APR 2, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Not sure if this is 2013 or 2011 vintage
Pours a murky walnut color, head is a small 1/4 inch and creme colored. Lacing is above average and head retention is average.
Smell is of rich toffee and caramel candy. Next is roasted malt, charred oak and whiskey with a hint of vanilla. Hops aren’t present and alcohol is definitely there.
Taste is heavy on caramel, butterscotch, diacetyls, and charred oak. Some whiskey burn is also present on the back end. Weird vinegar/acidic finish
Mouthfeel is syrupy, not as viscous as maple syrup, more like cough syrup. Carbonation levels were par for style and age. Wish head was present to add some layers to beer.
Overall good beer but at 25 bucks a pop, not worth the price. There were some off flavors that detracted from the beer reaching elite status. Glad to have tried it and always intrigued to get my hands on anything Great Divide releases.
Art (2710) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 14, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at BA tasting. Pours a clear copper golden color. Aromas of dark fruits vanilla caramel. Light barrel character. Very well done.
rederic (3228) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 13, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottle 213/461, bottled 08/2008, purchased at the brewery in october 2008, dark brown color, with a beige head, nice boozy phenolic, mint chocolate, dark dried fruit, vanilla oak barrel nose, with some toffee, caramelized, toasted, pale malt, caramel, bourbonish, faint floral leafy, grassy hop, toasted bread crumb accents, and a faint biscuity crackery, cocoa, subtle coconut, raisiny note in the aroma follows through on a full-bodied palate, with a very nice warmth whiskyish oak barrel, vanilla bourbonish, dark dried fruit, toffee, caramelized, toasted, pale, bready malty character, with some raisiny, faint leafy, grassy hop, caramelized bread crumb, faint sponge toffee, raisin pie crust, caramelized nut flavours, leading towards a good warming, toffee, caramel, dark dried fruit, lingering whisky vanilla oak, bourbonish coconut oak barrel booziness finish.
Ernesto987 (5165) - Arizona, USA - FEB 8, 2015
1.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 8/20
completely infected, plastic and battery acid are the aromas i got, diapers, 6 month old candy bar, caramel, and trash are the fiavors. Almost vomitted.
Pyrmir (5057) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - JAN 10, 2015
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle at Hasse. Dark amber with off white head. Aroma sweet and malty with lots of whisky and wood, booze, plums and raisins. Taste is thick and sweet, wood, bourbon, sherry, raisins, plums and various dried fruit