asheft (2372) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 10, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sweet, sugary aroma with a smooth, aged sherry character and grain. Almost clear, orange-amber under a persistent, shiny, off-white blanket. Smooth and slightly alcoholic flavour with a harmonious balance of sweet, herbal, and citrusy hops with sweet caramel and assertive bitterness. Extremely smooth and drinkable. Citrusy finish, medium to full body, smooth.
kambei70 (409) - - SEP 2, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2010 batch 79 bottle to a tulip glass. Pours a thick, slightly hazy orangish brown with a one finger off-white head. Good legs, sticky lacing. Aroma is molasses, peach, yeast and malt. Taste is molasses, grapefruit, bread, little caramel and alcohol as well as a finishing flavor somewhere between oak and toasty. Not much bitterness. Velvety,full mouthfeel with a little alcohol warmth. Closer to an English Barlywine than an American one.
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maneliquor (2221) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - AUG 31, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle cheers to DoctorB2B. Pours hazy golden with a big, thick and foamy white head which lasts for the duration and leaves superb lacing. Nose is full of a huge amount of honey - massive honey followed by touches of vanilla, cranberry, raisin and caramel. Dried fruit focus. Almost maple syrup like. Taste shows incredible balance for such a big beer. Maple and honey mix with dried apricot and raisin, touch of toffee coming through. No heat at all. Drinks fantastically. Very, very good
jahshuwuh (257) - USA - AUG 29, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
A muddy hazy light brown with a hint of ruby and dark orange, finger of white head. Smells of Belgian yeast, vanilla, caramel, alcohol, brown sugar, an oak like funk. A big bold taste, alcohol apparent, sweet and oak up front, caramel malt, brown sugar, finishes fairly smooth, very little hop bitter. A bit too much of the woody flavors for me, and the alcohol is a bit overpowering as well. Overall a decent sipper but I was expecting more.
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DedicatedToFun (1539) - SoCal, California, USA - AUG 24, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Holy cow amazing brew, super strong barley wine, I really liked this one, whole foods in venice
Jesterdeal (1466) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - AUG 17, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma of maple, apricot and toffee. Pours hazy golden with good carb but no head. Taste is spiced rum, maple candy and brown sugar. Way too much booze taste. curious if this ages well.
Koelschtrinker (9447) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - AUG 16, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Alkoholisch malziger Antrunk, hell, etwas hopfig. Gleichzeitig holzig, wenig herb. Süß getreidig, die Alkoholigkeit bleibt bestehen. Kräuternoten, unsüffig. 12/9/7/9/11/10
kevinsenn (804) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 7, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Hair of the Dog. Hazy amber with no head. Fruity aroma with something else I can’t put my finger on. Taste is spicy with sweet grains, and again that weird flavour I can’t put my finger on... sorry. Good overall.
AlainG (898) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 7, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Ce qui me frappe, c’est l’absence totale de mousse au-dessus de ce liquide blond-ambré et opaque. Avec détermination, on réussi à en provoquer. Au nez, une impression de sauce à mets asiatiques, un Phad Thaï par exemple. Ça sent le sucre et l’acidité, mais aussi les abricots, la marmelade, la pelure d’orange, les citrons confits et le sirop d’érable. Un goût évolutif. Ça part doucement avec des saveurs de miel, d’agrumes et d’alcool et ça se termine dans un crescendo gustatif assez intense, où toutes les saveurs s’unissent pour en former d’autres et par-dessus tout ça, une amertume qui engourdit les mâchoires. Quelle expérience quand même. (Batch 88) (732-080713)
RABinVA (989) - Fredericksburg, Virginia, USA - AUG 6, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This bottle was not ordered from Craft Shack, yet it arrived with my order. I wasn’t going to ask questions, I just accepted it as truth. I now had this wale in my possession. It begged to be treated with respect, to be held in the highest regard. It went straight into the fridge. It would wait, but I hoped it would not be long. My brother brought one of these back from the West Coast for himself. I was jealous. Now we were even.
The bottle waited as I tested my patience. But today the day came. 800th rating. Out of the fridge it came.
The cap was popped with little regard for a gross display of carbonation. This beer felt no need for pomp. Into the goblet it poured. Deep amber, no head. Almost syrupy. The aroma is astounding. Fruits, both stone and citrus, combined with brown sugar. The taste is thick and hearty. Warming, but crisp. There is a pleasant hoppy bite. The balance of flavor is almost inconceivable.
I do think I will sip on this one for awhile.