Butters (4038) - 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 (6656) - 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 (2129) - 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 (619) - 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 (7507) - 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 (3269) - 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 (5429) - Arizona, 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!
beerbill (3605) - Laurel, New York, USA - DEC 7, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz. bottle. Pours a very deep but clear amber with a moderate tan head that lasted beyond mid-glass and left a coating of foam with each sip. Huge aroma of vanilla, caramel, figs, and dates. The flavor is equally impressive again with huge vanilla, caramel, oak, figs, and dates. Holy crap! Rich and full bodied with a luxurious mouthfeel. Some mild alcohol warmth at the finish only enhances the experience. Definitely sweet, which is perfectly fine for me. I am planning on picking up a few more of these to put away in my cellar. Wow.
JoeTheYounger (1181) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - DEC 5, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
On draft at pizza port strong ale fest. This sucker was awesome and really stood out that day. Dark fruits, sweet caramel, a touch of roast and a nice barrelly booze finish.
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - NOV 25, 2011
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark brown with a short lived fluffy off white head. Sweet dark fruit caramel sugar and light alcohol aroma. Tastes of caramel brown sugar and dates up front followed by the pomegranate fig and grape and finishing with rye whiskey and light vanilla and oak. Nice complexity with good transitions. Thick buttery palate. Excellent.