italianjohn (2289) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 17, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy dark amber pour thin off white head.... Aroma of caramel malts, dark fruits, slightly nutty and oaky with some toffee ... Taste is of dark fruits, chewy caramel malts, toffee, vanilla, nutty and sweet light oak with a slight warming abv to it.... Mouthfeel is a little dy and slick medium bodied.... Finish is sweet dark fruity and dry.... Bbl is light on the flavor. Def good now and one to age
jgb9348 (4663) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - MAR 25, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rich deep brown and ruby coloured body with a thin, fast-dying large bubbled tan head, about 80% opaque. Aroma of super pungent and strong alcohol, wine and oak notes - nice and deep. Further smells of chocolate, honey, raisins, figs, earth, sour cherries and a lot more alcohol - this one smells great! Full-bodied; Deep rich chocolate and malty flavours dominate then come the pit fruits with the caramel and raisin tastes coming strong. Aftertaste shows a dry oaky note, some light alcohol and a big dose of vinous notes along with cognac and whiskey. Overall, a very complex and well-rounded barrel aged barley wine with the oak and dry notes showing up, the ridiculous pit fruit sweetness and the earthy malt and toffee still vibrant. This one is definitely not one to miss and while I aged mine for a while, and the aging seemed about right for me, it perhaps could use another year or so. I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from Whole Foods in Washington (Logan Circle, P Street), DC on 15-February-2013 for US$7.99 sampled at home in Washington on what will most likely be the last day of snowfall here in the 2014 season on 25-March-2014.
2012 Vintage Bottle // Purchased February 2013 // Sampled March 2014
vlan1 (190) - Eastern Shore, Maryland, USA - JAN 5, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2012 Vintage bomber into snifter. No head, smells of sweet malts and faint fruit. Taste is malt predominant with some slight tannic wine notes and mild fruity funk. After having the Regular base beer a few days ago I must say I like that version much more than this.
DCLawyer (1396) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - DEC 30, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber->snifter. Deep amber with offwhite head. Earth and wood, with dark cherries, caramel, toffee. Tastes nearly exactly as expected, which is a good thing.
harrymel (1481) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 17, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Having just had the regular and BBA versions, it is time to hit this one up. I’m anxious.
Murky, dirty brown with a nougat sheet of foam. There is the slightest, bloody red ruddy tone. The base beer smells profoundly of cocoa, this one has a hint, but mostly I get oak, red wine (cheap red wine), some hints of a tannic, metallic tone. Honestly reminds me of the nose on many Oud Bruins I’ve had.
Flavor does not follow the nose. Sweet, malty; infused with toffe and caramel tones this is accented with some fruity character, but nothing tannic. Some hints of raisin and if I reach, a little bit of juicy berry, but that’s a stretch.
Medium on full bodied with low carb. Somewhat of a velvety feel. I’m unimpressed on how the barrel impacted this brew. It’s nice, but I would take the regular, unaged version over either variants.
Serving type: bottle
Chipalsa (1307) - Florida, USA - OCT 29, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks for the share, OmegaX. The aroma on this was was earthy, woody and full of cherries and toffee. This was a smooth, fruity barleywine with a soft tannin in the finish. Plenty of berries in the finish with a bit of heat as well.
jmagnus87 (2401) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - OCT 14, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle sampled at a tasting. From notes. Red berries and dark fermented fruits with a decent dose of oaky goodness. Very good.
seymour (1406) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - SEP 26, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Shared a 2011 vintage brown bomber, aged in Cabernet bottles at Thanksgiving dinner 2012, thanks John! It poured a hazy deep amber colour with moderate beige head and some lace. Aromas of malt, caramel, toffee, dried fruit, earthy and citrusy hops, bread, strong barrel aspects: toasted hardwood, vanilla, tart grapeskin tannins, pleasant booze, perfumey and sherry-like. Intense flavours too: rich malty sweetness, balanced hoppy bitterness, complex graininess, wood aged aspects again. Full bodied, chewy mouthfeel, average carbonation, long-lasting alcoholic kick. Another excellent beer from Heavy Seas. A brave idea well executed. Unique. Memorable. Delicious.
Scubatrip (596) - Annandale, Virginia, USA - AUG 15, 2013
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
From the bottle, pours very dark red with a thin white head. Aroma is sweet and heavy, a bit of dark cherry. Taste is fantastic. Thick, sweet, cherries, molasses, a hint of alcohol even though you know it’s there. Very smooth, a hint of hops in the aftertaste but balanced by a malty sweetness. There is almost a wine quality given to the flavor and feel, though that could be influenced by the named Cabernet aging. This is a really good beer. Probably my favorite of the mutiny fleet so far.
TaktikMTL (5662) - Montréal-Nord, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 2, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bouteille de 22 oz partagée lors d’une dégustation Ratebeer Montréal. Arôme: Odeur de caramel avec une pointe fruitée. Apparence: La couleur est brune. Saveur: Goût de caramel avec une pointe de raisins et de chocolat. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement vineuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Arrière goût fruité. (Rating #4953)
Glouglouburp (5960) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 10, 2013
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
In short: An orgy of maderisation flavors. Not my thing.
How: Bottle 22oz, 2012 vintage, shared with friends at a tasting.
The look: Clear dark burgundy body topped by a beige ring of foam.
In long: Nose is extreme-maderisation, I’ve had 10+ years old beers that smell less like maderisation than this relatively fresh beer. Taste is more of the same. There is some toffee, there is vinous flavors, there is ripe dark cherries, there is other stuff, but mostly it tastes like an extremely maderised beer. If you are want to know what a maderised beer tastes like and you don’t have the patience to age a Thomas Hardy Ale for 20 year old, there you go. I can see some low and high ratings for this beer, this is the type of tasty beer that can be a hit or miss depending on the type of beer drinker you are, I cannot speak about the person just above this rating or the person just below this rating, but I can tell you that the guy writing this rating is a drunk.