johnnnniee (3043) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 27, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I tried this fresh and thought it was a bit hot so I held on to a couple of bottles to see how they developed. Pours a deep copper color with a decent off white head that shows moderate retention and lace. Smells of bready caramel and toffee with a bit of earth and alcohol. The flavor is sweet with bready caramel and toffee with a bit of ethanol to cut through the sweetness. Medium body with a light level of carbonation and a sweet sticky mouthfeel. After two years the alcohol is still a bit hot, but that is the only thing providing any balance against a really sweet syrupy maltiness. OK barleywine, definitely a sipper.
tgncc (3025) - Bellmore, New York, USA - JUN 2, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
The aroma is caramel, toffee, fruit. The appearance is deep red/brown, translucent, off-white head. The flavor is caramel, fruit, floral hops. The finish is floral hops, light sweetness. Medium in body, very slightly thick, oily mouthfeel. The floral hops donít appear until the you taste the beer, but make their presence known thereafter. Pretty good overall.
Beerdedone (3008) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 23, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours copper amber with a thin off-white head. Aroma of caramel, toffee and fruit. Flavor was sweet and moderately bitter with caramel, fruit, toffee, brown sugar and alcohol.
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 18, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pale orange, aroma of caramel, toast. Taste is sweet, alcohol, simple, effective.
keepersj12 (2956) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - FEB 27, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
OK but I was expecting more. A hoppy aroma with a lot of rubbing alcohol starts this out. Looks good enough, amber with a small head. The taste is a bit sweet but dominated by bitter hops and the alcohol is a little bit too evident.
SphinxTX (2876) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - DEC 19, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a clear, dark amber/brown with rich beige head. Aroma of strong malt, notes of honey and strong fruity esters with a touch of alcohol spice. Flavor is very much the same and sweet with fussel notes, candy sugar, pepper and strong bitter finish. Mouth feel is heavy body with medium-high carbonation. Overall, not bad.
Fratto (2845) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JAN 7, 2011
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Dr. Jekyllís. Orange pour with a tan head. Aroma is alcohol, malt, and slight fruit. Taste is buttery, very hot, and a little hop bitterness.
garthicus (2813) - Dublin, IRELAND - MAY 23, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Blankboy. Appearance: Ruby red, thick off white head. Aroma: Sandalwood, malty, good amount of hops, super spicy, cloves, vanilla, lemon. Flavour: Spicy, alcohol, malt, slightly metallic, toasty, slightly medicinal, long bitter alcoholic finish.
puboflyons (2637) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 16, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From the 2010 batch stamped #316 - properly aged for three years. It pours a beautiful looking copper amber with a lingering, soft tan head. Maybe a hint of red when held to the light. The aroma is malt forward immediately and sweet with a kind of apple or pear character dancing around the edges. Low hop aroma. The body is medium and smooth. The taste has a sweet malt beginning and then I get the earthy, floral hops erupting in the aftermath and lingering briefly. This one has aged beautifully.
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 21, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Samís Quik Shop in Durham. Pours a reddish amber with a thin beige head. Nose is malty--lots of caramel and toffee, but also some cherry skins and dark fruits, sort of like some American quads. Some hops. Interesting. Taste is a bit boozy.