joeneugs (3262) - Livermore, California, USA - DEC 24, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 18/20
On draft at Beer Revolution. Wow. This one really took me by surprise. It pours a muddy brown color with a khaki head. The aroma is powerful huge notes of toffee and maple syrup. The flavor is the same with a beautiful combination of maple syrup, bourbon, vanilla and dark fruit (mostly raisins and dates). The body was the only thing holding this back from greatness. Massively syrupy and impossible to drink more than a few ounces, but those few ounces are mighty enjoyable.
mcberko (6562) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 22, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. bottle, split 4 ways, pours a dark brown with a reddish hue and a small, quickly-dissipating tan head. Aroma of pomegranate, dates, figs, grapes, treacle toffee, and subtle rye notes, though not heavily pronounced on the nose. Flavour is extremely rich and complex, with the above-mentioned dried fruits, brandy / sherry, booze--but well-integrated considering this is 13.4%, but the barrels are not really noticeable at all. Rich and complex, with a sticky, syrupy palate. A slow sipper -- this is extremely well-made.
Chipalsa (1310) - Florida, USA - DEC 20, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 27, 2012 Bottle, snifter pour
Appearance - Deep velvety red body, elegant bubbles and a vanilla head
Aromas - Raisins, cherries, chocolate and alcohol
Taste - Fig, pomegranate, molasses, smooth alcohol, earthy, dry
The mouth feel is thick - the flavor as well; lots of strong fruity notes with a solid liquor backbone are inviting. Finishes spicy and warm, and leaves the mouth full of fig and dry woody flavors. Whiskey is apparent, but blended well with the generous amount of alcohol.
Butters (3778) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 19, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Shared with my brothers in richmond when whalen came back! Beautiful dark brown pour with not much head. For such the alcohol content, it was very well hidden, and this was a fresh bottle! I can only imagine how this will mellow quite nicely as it ages. Such a deep rich dark fruit profile. Definitely figs and dates, with a large does of vanilla and of course a nice booziness. Very tasty brew indeed.
AmEricanbrew (5850) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - DEC 19, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear brown color with tan sheen. Nice date, fig, pit fruit, toffee aromas. full bodied with soft co2. Tasty dark pit fruit flavors; dates figs, with toffee, molasses, warming finish--good
Westmeister (1764) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 17, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
8oz draft into tulip. Pours a dark brown with thin off white head. This is a big beer with big flavor and aroma. Figs, whiskey, sweet caramel, fruits on the nose. Taste is a sweet, creamy mixture of whiskey, figs, caramel, oak earthiness. This is a big bold beer and I found the whiskey component to be delicious.
hamilton23 (608) - Alpine, California, USA - DEC 16, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from a 22oz bottle. Pours dark cola colored (like Dr. Pepper or Cherry Coke) with just a little red around the edges. Just a hint of head on this, but it is well carbonated. Aroma is very interesting with hints of fig, raisin, toffee, and some pomegranate juice. Taste is largely the same...very sweet. There is some tastes of pomegranates and grape juice. A very tasty offering.
Ughsmash (7146) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 13, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber. Poured medium-deep brown with a short, tight-bubbled beige head. The aroma picked up figs, raisins, dates, molasses, and a hit of dulce du leche, with sweet whiskey and a touch of black pepper around.. plenty of sweet sugars in there, and this could probably be interpreted 400 different ways. The flavor was sweet again, with dates, raisins, and very tasty rye whiskey leading.. spicy and a tad bitter on the edges, with warm, peppery alcohol, grainy oak, and earthy notes.. more grainy and spicy barrel character over a whole bunch of sugars on the long, decadent finish. Heavier-bodied with rolling carbonation on the palate.. the barrel did just about enough to cut through the huge sweetness.. the sweets held the boozage in check.. overall an excellent brew!
Reynolds314 (2334) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 10, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Whaaaats the deal with Genesis? Theres no Sonic, theres no Phil Collins, whaaaats the deal?
Aroma of vanilla, dark fruits, molasses, and whiskey. Taste is very smooth and moderately sweet with a decent bittering finish. Overall this is a fantastic barley wine as my first offering by this Jewel of a brewery...
Ernesto987 (3714) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 9, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bomber, ok so I didn’t see this coming, this is excellent barrel aging right here, the fruits coming through, this is a delicious beer. Oy vey!