RABinCO (1213) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - MAY 2, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2008 bottle. Pours hazy ruddy amber. Slight head, still a good bit of carbonation. Aroma of caramel, lightly oxidized, but not bad. Still a bit of grass. Taste is caramel, sugar, chocolate, grass. But overall like sucking on a caramel hard candy. Not bad at all after all these years.
swegepe (22) - SWEDEN - MAY 2, 2014
3.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Reddish colour. Clear alcoholic nose. Caramel and toffee in mouth. A small but vivid acid strike, with a somewhat sweet finish.
esox (1036) - Oulu, FINLAND - APR 18, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2012 vintage. Deep amber color, creamy tan head. Aroma is full of dried apricots, papaya, floral and slightly herbal hop notes and creamy caramel, almost vanilla-like. Slight milk chocolate notes. Sweet, heavily malty body, round caramel texture. Finishes resiny bitter, but well balanced. Medium to full body, slightly oily texture. Really nice.
brewji (3) - - MAR 25, 2014 does not count
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
On first pour, it glows with a rich, reddish amber colour, and a lacy white head top. I sniffed this beer like some people sniff flowers (I unfortunately am allergic to pollen). I took in a lot of deep malty scents, and hops, and...that’s about it. But not in a bad way, this brew smelled righteous, knowing ahead of time that something big was going to happen. It’s like a referee calling a penalty shot in overtime, going in for the big sip was the shot, and the overall taste determined whether or not the deke attempt worked.
Taking the first sip, I expected a train wreck of malty hops. However, I was greeted by a strong, pleasant malty tone, followed by a nice transition into an intense malty flavour, and a crisp, clean after taste. I was so impressed by the after taste, the clean-ish feeling that I got, that it made me want more. This is finally a brew over 10% that will leave you wanting more! Imagine Datsyuk with a highlight reel goal on a breakaway...naturally you’d want more (so long as he’s not scoring on your team).
The first, middle, and end tastes are phenomenal. There are no complaints, as everything flows together, while still leaving a memorable taste that would definitely make me want to order this again. If you (or your friends) are new to barleywines, this is a definite first step into the world of 10%+ beers.
jflopsu (531) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 23, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a rust orange. Has a strong sweet malt and caramel aroma. Taste is sweet malt, heavy caramel, toffee, and sweet dark fruits.
Beerhunter111 (7150) - Hasborn, GERMANY - MAR 15, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Ins Glas ergießt sich ein rötlichoranges Bier mit geringer Schaumkrone. Geruch sehr süß malzig, Karamell, holzig, alkoholisch. Geschmack angenehm malzig fruchtig, wärmend, Karamell, alkoholisch.
jake65 (2611) - Williston, North Dakota, USA - MAR 9, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2013 Bottle, enjoyed Feb ’14. Bright auburn pour with nice depth. A thick finger of creamy beige head and light lacing. Nose is sweet and sturdy. Caramel, florals, toffee, and faint chocolate. Similar in the taste, but more emphasis on the floral hops. Rich and decadent, but without the overt sweetness sometimes used to add weight. I guess what I’m trying to say is the focus on hops and caramel malts is well executed and fully appreciated.
DCLawyer (1423) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - FEB 16, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber->snifter. Deep orange-amber with small tan head. Dusty hops, lite caramel malt, grains. Bittersweet, more bitter than sweet. Pine hops, earth tones, caramel malt, cardboard. Meh.
BierFiend (248) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 31, 2014
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark amber with light tan foamy head. Smells of light hops. Tastes of grass, hops, bitter and pine. Has a lasting bitter and medium carbonation.
nilsas (1336) - Bryne, NORWAY - JAN 29, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Fin duft av druer. Fin rødbrun farge. Hengende skum langs kant. Fin frisk smak av druer med en litt syrlig ettersmak.