superspak (3988) - Michigan, USA - FEB 1, 2013
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
12 ounce bottle into snifter; Batch 77, bottled 8/13/2009. Pours cloudy almost opaque dark reddish brown color with a small light khaki head with poor retention, that reduces to a thin lacing cap that lasts. Minimal spotty lacing, and some nice alcohol legs as well. Aromas of huge raisin, prune, fig, molasses, toffee, caramel, chocolate, toast, dark bread, leather, tobacco, earth, wood, and herbal earthiness. Insanely complex and balanced aromas with big strength; Wow. Taste of big raisin, fig, molasses, toast, toffee, prune, leather, tobacco, chocolate, roasted malt, dark bread, light char, earth, wood, and herbal earthiness. No bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark fruits, molasses, toast, toffee, caramel, chocolate, dark bread, leather, tobacco, earth, wood, light char, and herbal earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible flavor balance with huge complexity of malty notes; with zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Light carbonation and very full bodied; with a very slick, creamy, and lightly syrupy mouthfeel that is incredible. Alcohol is insanely well hidden with almost zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a world class old ale! Huge complexity and balance of malty flavors; and dangerously smooth to sip on. This blew me away, wow.
Christpuncher (2410) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 12, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks dude sharing his stash at Antioch liquors. Bourbonny and syrup. Very hoppy and slightly sweet. First beer from hair of the dog and it was awesome.
bulldogops (1681) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 2, 2016
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Rating #1619 - #CBC2015 Beer #4 - Welcome Reception - Pours a dark reddish brown color. thin head. Unreal aroma of ripened berries, roasted plums,chocolate, caramel. Lots of smoked malt character present, tempered with a spiciness (coriander, clove, nutmeg?). Blown away, this rivals a fine single malt in depth of character and complexity.
k0mpsa (2106) - Tuusula, FINLAND - JAN 30, 2016
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from el cerrito, california.. Dark reddish brown color, small tanned head. Nice sweet aroma, oak, bourbon notes. Nice balanced taste, oak, bourbon, suryp.
TimE (4547) - Tokyo, JAPAN - DEC 31, 2015
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2003 (batch 57) drank in 2015. Dark brown mahogany color. No head. Caramel, plums, port, slightly smokey and Vegemite. The carbonation is very low. The mouth is surprisingly smokey with some oxidized notes, port and caramel. Lingering port and caramel finish. Aged amazingly. Fantastic.
fluffy (2141) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - DEC 17, 2015
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Wow this is a big beer. Rich, boozy, a really great example of the style. Very well done.
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mariuspoenari (430) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 14, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark, opaque brew, with a small tan head that dissipates quickly - looks a bit like a really dark Belgian quad. Smells metallic, caramel sweet, figs, raisins, spices. The taste follows on the same notes, figs, dark chocolate, raisins, brown sugar, spices and alcohol. Very smooth mouthfeel with a small but noticeable level of carbonation. Warm aftertaste.
thomashall (486) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - DEC 6, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared at Darkness day. Dark brown amber pour. Boozy chocolate and licorice aroma. Taste follows with some bitterness. Good stuff.
BiiruBierBeer (811) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - DEC 5, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Kind of smokey woody smell. Taste is pretty much the same. Low carbonation, full body, and no foam.
hackobock (2773) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 27, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
November 27, 2015. Bottle, shared by Carl, thanks!
Murky brown with medium sized tan head. Aroma is sweet caramel, smoke, tobacco, vanilla,
Taste is medium sweet, medium bitter, slight nutty astringency. Finish is light to medium sweet, slight nutty bitter astringency, hints of dried fruits, slight alcohol, peat. Medium bodied, average carbonation.
Good slightly smokey barley wine.
linusb (353) - SWEDEN - NOV 27, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A: Dark brown with a small head. N: Bourbon, vanilla, dried fruits, some berries. T: Dried fruits, barrels O: Heavy carbonated, nice flavours!