Beershine (5224) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - JAN 12, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft @ Avenue Pub. Nearly black tan head. Smells scarrrrrry! Chewy fruity rich and crazy. Caramelized pan fried toasted raisin bread crusts. Powerful and huge. Flavors are toasted raisin date bread. Solid malts character, very much pumpernickel bread character. Intense yet drinkable barleywine. Molasses in the finish. Not as scary as it seemed. Good for what it is.
Headbanger (3880) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JAN 8, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle 1/8/12 (Binny’s Downers Grove)-41° in Snifter-Pours dark brown with a small tan ring for a head. Aroma of bourbon, dried fruits, vanilla, and sweetness. Taste of bourbon, vanilla, dried fruits, caramel, toffee, and sweetness. This full bodied brew is well balanced and hides the ABV very well. Another awesome brew from Shmaltz.
sonnycheeba (5145) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 6, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft. Pours dark brown with a thin beige head; some lacing. Aroma is dark fruit (plums and raisins), alcohol, and bread malt. Flavor matches the nose with a hint of brown sugar. Medium/full body, medium carbonation, and high warmth. Great beer.
BeerandBlues2 (12193) - Escondido, California, USA - JAN 5, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap. Pours dark brown with a medium, fizzy light tan head, medium retention with light lacing. Aroma is caramel and cookie malt, dark fruits of figs, dates, and raisins, light alcohol and oak, and earthy hops. Flavor is malt dominant with medium alcohol, heavy dark fruits, brown sugar, medium bitterness with a sweet finish. Full body, high warmth and medium carbonation.
unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - JAN 2, 2012
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle, Batch 1/791 Cases, Bottled on 9/7/2011.
5 malts, 7 hops; Aged in Sazerac 6yr Rye Whiskey Barrels. Pours reddish-brown mahogany color, light tan foam. Heavy legs. Smells of heavy malt syrup, loads of sugar in the nose. There is also a good amount of booze in the nose as well. Fig, date, sugar, vanilla, alcohol aromas. Sweet flavor, there is a presence of fruit sugars like no other. Loads of chocolate malt, date, dark fruit, Whiskey barrel fruitiness. Date and fig is there! So is the barrel, a good amount of burn. Nice chocolate malt finish coats the palate after the burn has dissipated. Goes down like pure malt syrup with dark fruit puree. Very heavy bodied. It is hard to believe that there this is really a beer, as the distant cousin to the American Light Lagers(*sarcasm). Genesis 15:15, Heaven in a bottle.
S_Side_Smitty (715) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - JAN 1, 2012
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
It pours dark brown with a medium tan head. Aroma is roasted malts and milk chocolate. Smells awesome! Can’t pick up any fruit scents or alcohol. Taste is off the charts for me - dark chocolate, raisins and roasted malt. I don’t notice the alcohol - don?t care. I’m trying to remember the chocolate bar that had raisins......can’t remember the name. That’s what this barleywine reminds me of. Beautiful now, aging can only make it better. Thank you Shmaltz!
huskerben (15) - - DEC 31, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark with a hint of a ruby, almost blood red. Small amount of head and powerful aroma of dried fruit and figs. Taste is malty sweet with fig notes. Overall a pretty good beer but nothing too special, maybe loses it’s identity with too many ingredients.
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 31, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz. Bottle (Batch #1 of 791. Bottled 9/7/11): Got in trade from Phaleslu; THANKS Peter! Complex aroma of malt, toasting, roasting, burnt caramel, slight vanilla, slight Bourbon, rye, Whiskey, and wood. Poured brown/ruby in color with a small, creamy, dense, tan/brown head that diminished but lasted throughout. Clear. Sparkling. Excellent lacing. Complex flavor is heavily sweet and slightly bitter. Tastes of malt, chocolate, Bourbon, oak, caramel, vanilla, toffee, figs, dates, slight rye, brown sugar, and dark ripe fruit. Full body. Smooth, viscous, texture. Soft to average carbonation. Malt, caramel, Bourbon, oak, chocolate, vanilla, dark ripe fruit, fig, date finish is heavily sweet. 13.4%ABV is completely hidden throughout.
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - DEC 28, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle, no date fromBeverages 4 Less, $12.99. Clear garnet with a one finger beige head, decent retention. Whiskey up front in the nose, with some old barrel oxidation going on. Some rich figgy raisin notes and brown sugar follow with a little chocolate behind. As it warms, I get a little toasted grain. Flavor has a fair amount of fruity notes, most likely from all the juices they added, otherwise has a good amount of old wood and booze, moderate brown sugar caramel sweetness. That said, this isn’t ungodly sweet, by any means. Semi-dry, bitterness peaked at a 3 at the back corners of my tongue. Never would’ve guessed this was >13%ABV--a little alcohol burn, yes, but not that much. Big syrupy body with low carbonation. Not too bad, and shows you that not all fancy >12%ABV BA beers need to be $30 a bomber.
bb (8557) - Alamo, California, USA - DEC 27, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Blackish beer with a tan head. Bourbon and malt aroma with dark fruits. Bourbon and red fruit flavor with malt, light spice, and dried fruit. Fuller bodied. Bourbon and brown sugar lingers with red/dried fruit and light spice.