ARH (777) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 24, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2014 22oz bomber poured into a brandy snifter. The initial pour gives away a note of acetone, but that fades quick. After that, some notes akin to an apple cinnamon strudel come through, followed, in turns, by a very sugary, candy caramel, honey, some light leather notes, grass, and citrus. The sweet caramel candy aroma becomes dominant once it settles. It?s a murky brown-amber (more on the brown side) topped by a soft off-white head that dissipates quickly to a wispy cirrus-cloud like layer and it leaves a light, splotchy lacing that retreated back into the beer (probably more due to the glass shape than anything else). It balances well between a medium sweetness and a medium / medium-high bitterness (the bitterness fades more and more as the end of the bottle approaches). The full bodied beer is oily and creamy in texture, and goes down smooth with the help of a lively, but silky, carbonation. A toffee flavor starts off the drink, but it gives way to a rye finish with a nice bourbon warmth to it. The rye sticks around in the aftertaste appears at first, but this evolves to show hints of citrus, vanilla, and buttery caramel with a mild resinous coating over time.
Ratman197 (10922) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAR 4, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Avery Strong Ale Fest poured a clear orange amber with a small lasting amber head. Aromas of caramel, fruitiness and earthiness. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of caramel, fruitiness and light earthiness with a smooth lingering fruity caramel finish.
dinkle50 (1075) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 2, 2014
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep red, cloudy pour. Thin head. Medium bodied mouth. Taste has a little toffee, grain & some butterfinger candybar. Aroma is pretty boozy. As this warms up there is an umami here, almost salty. Alcohol is well hidden despite the aroma.
Desverger (3272) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 8, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample from Bottle - amber pour with small white head. Sweet malty aroma and taste, caramel, toffee, fudge, lovely smooth mouthfeel, very good.
CloakedDagger (1107) - - NOV 8, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 65 cl. Pours a cloudy, opaque amber with a yellowish head. Thick and rich aroma of caramel malts and citrusy hops - very American. Rich and solid body, very caramellish but everything is kept wonderfully in balance by the great aroma hops. Some late, warming alcohol. Love it! 081114
tectactoe (3099) - Michigan, USA - JUN 27, 2014
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle: Thanks, Ed. Labeled as Marty Stouffer’s Wild America. Muddy, opaque copper with no head... Barely even a dingy, gray ring. Aroma of light caramel & some cardboard-y oxidation. Faint anise, prune, & other dark fruit. Kind of stale. The taste (unfortunately) shows even more oxidation... Stale paper & cardboard overcast what’s underneath. Dried, dark fruits, prunes, caramel drizzle, with a back-end hint of earthy bitterness. May have been good fresh, but the oxygen got to this one, sadly.
merc7186 (2488) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - JUL 23, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma: Bready Malts, Caramel Malts
Appearance: Dark Amber Hue, Passes Mild Light, White Head, Some Lacing
Taste: Bready Malts, Semi Boozy
Mouthfeel: Decent Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Mildly Boozy
jmagnus87 (2912) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - MAY 11, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from the third annual hardened liver barleywine fest. From notes. Spicy rye and loads of citrus and tropical fruit. Alcohol is very well hidden.
madsberg (10611) - Sřborg, DENMARK - NOV 10, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Dark amber coloured. Unclear. Dense beige head. Aroma. Ripe fruits, sweetness, herbs, spice, light alcohol. Flavour. Ripe fruits, sweetness, caramel, herbs, spice, alcoyol medium to ful lbodied. ends herbal bitter and sweet.
Pailhead (5450) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - JUN 14, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Courtesy of OHLRangers
Bottle: The aroma consists caramel, toffee, aged citrus hops, and light oxidation. It pours a dark hazy amber with a small off-white head. The flavor starts with caramel, light toffee, and a hint of fruit. The finish has some light citrus hops and a touch of oxidation. It’s medium bodied with mild carbonation.