thirdeye11 (5338) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 24, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(22oz bomber thanks to crusian) clear rich deep brown/copper with ring of very fine off-white bubbles. Nose of rich vanilla, bourbon, light funk, wood/barrel character, really rich in general. Taste of vanilla, grape, bourbon, caramel, really sweet. Medium to thick in body, oily, sweet and rich linger. Toasty too. It tends to ashy towards the end and disappointed me.
Tmoney99 (9598) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 23, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Poured a dark brown color with a moderate frothy brown head that lasted with good lacing. Moderate to heavy complex roasted malt, complex dark fruit aroma. Medium to full body with a sticky texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy dark fruit sweet flavor with a medium to heavy sweet and small alcohol burn finish of moderate to long duration. This is a standout beer.
deyholla (5385) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - FEB 21, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a a clear dark brown with a red hue and a brown head that dissipates quickly to the edges. Aroma has a strong a caramel note with backing notes of plum and dates with a hint of alcohol. Flavor starts with strong sweet grains and caramel with a good amount of alcohol and backing figs.
BBB63 (5602) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - FEB 16, 2012
2.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Bottle and served in Duvel snifter: Deep rich mahogany with a mostly lasting tan head and okay lacing. The aroma first strikes me as oxidized and massively boozy with plenty of rye whiskey notes and even some baby diaper poo (bad) but the beer does open up to display more caramel and roasted malt notes, some pepper, prune and date fruity esters, with a very earthy and leathery notes (good).
The taste is quite the sugar bomb, damn this is sweet without enough rye snap to counter. OVEY! There is also plenty of vile bile weirdness and woody oxidization, not in the good English Strong Ale way of aging either. Methinks it is old pomegranate juice as the culprit, perhaps aged dates could be the issue to... I dunno but I do not like this. This so needs some serious hop additions to spruce up the heavy overbearing palate, "Harvest" what? It sure was not fresh harvested hops. Oily and sticky with plenty of heat upon the finish. Yet another messy offering from the HeBrew line of big beers, two drain pours in a row, not good. A waste of was likely fine rye whiskey barrels. Seriously, they need to stop adding all these fruit juices to the beer if they do not know what they are doing.
argo0 (11078) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 15, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask, dry-hopped with Citra. Minimal tan head, brown-black body. Aroma is moderately sweet, raisin/plum, some alcohol, caramel. Taste is moderately sweet, plum/raisin, caramel, molasses, light pineapple. Sticky full body, minimal carbonation.
phaleslu (5174) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 14, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz. bottle from Randall’s. Batch 001, bottled 9/7/11. Pours a deep, dark mahogany color with a finger of tan head that settles into a lasting, thin cap. Aroma blasts with dark fruits and sweet sugary malts- figs, pomegranates, dates, raisins, plums, oak, whiskey, vanilla, chocolate, molasses, caramel, brown sugar- so rich, complex, and sweet. Flavor of rye whiskey, dark fruits (pomegranate, plum, date, fig, red grape), chocolate, syrup, vanilla, toffee, molasses, earth, and licorice. Some boozy bitterness at the end. Medium-bodied, with a rich, sticky mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Wow, there’s a lot going on in this one. Awesome, awesome stuff. It will probably age well for a year or two, too. Still good body and warmth. I smell or taste something new every time I grab it.
j12601 (6403) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - FEB 6, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pouring at the Night of the Barrels on the Friday night of EBF 2012. Pours a mostly clear ruby brown. Sweet bourbon, wood, vanilla on the nose. Toast, candy malt. Long sweet caramel, sugar, malt, sweet wood. Super sweet, cloying long sweetness on the finish.
DocLock (7198) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 6, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours clear mahogany with 2-finger tan head. Nose is huge astringent hops, vienna malt, figgy fruit, blackberry, port, plum, prune, cacao. Tastes rich, thick, oily, with a heavy oaky blackstrap molassesy malt bill, heavy dark fruit, including figs, plum, prune, blackberry, cacao, nuts. Gets hot late, and acquires a strong prune juicy base flavor, which detracts from the holistic experience somewhat.
RSRIZZO (1841) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - FEB 5, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
22oz bottle poured into a Snifter at 42°. Color is black with a little amber showing. Carbonation is good making a nice light brown head. Aroma is amazing and rich with dark fruits, vanilla, oak and a hint of whisky. It has a full body that gives a rich sharp mouth feel. Flavor like the aroma is just amazing, coming on with bold dried fruits, mellow roasted malt, chocolate and a touch of coffee then the oak shows with a bit of vanilla. After taste brings a faint sweetness, then the roasted flavors come back giving a light bitterness on the tail end with a little of the whisky showing. Overall I love this one, it’s a great brew with big, bold, and complex flavors.
Heathen (1444) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - FEB 2, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
THOUGHTS: Very nice. Very complex barley wine. This would probably age incredibly well. A little overly sweet. Full of fruit. A little too hot and barely hides the alcohol.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a dark red that was basically dark brown in the glass with a small, tan head that fully diminished and left barely fair lacing. The aroma had heavy chocolate, molasses, rye, chocolate syrup and dark candy sugar; grape; raisin; plum; prune; date; wood; soy sauce; toffee; brown sugar; maple syrup; honey; chocolate-covered fruit; whiskey; vanilla; and that barley wine smell. The initial flavor was heavily sweet and lightly bitter; while the finish was heavily to harshly sweet, light to mod bitter and lightly acidic. There was vanilla, wood, whiskey, dark fruits, prune, raisin, molasses, honey, maple syrup, that barley wine taste, brown sugar, a little roasted malt, chocolate syrup, chocolate-covered fruit and alcohol. The full body was syrupy and sort of sticky on the lips and then extremely dry with soft carbonation and a moderate to heavily alcoholic finish.