RSRIZZO (1876) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - FEB 3, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
22oz bottle poured into a Snifter at 46°. Color is a deep near black brown with good carbonation and a small brown head. Aroma is big and rich with dried fruit and hints of coffee. It has a full body with a rich mouth feel. Flavor is huge, with molasses, dark fruits, mild coffee and roasted almonds, then the hops drift in with a faint citrus. As the after taste rolls in a very light bitterness shows with the flavors lingering and a nice vanilla showing. On the very end you get just a senses of the alcohol, but for being 15% this is nothing. Wow, this is a great brew. I can not believe how well done this is, its amazing that it has this high of an ABV and yet the flavor can cover it in such a nicely complex way.
rollinsr (413) - Atlanta, GEORGIA - FEB 3, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark brown color with minimal head out of a cask. Strong prune and figgy aroma with some caramel malt as well. It is hard to describe the flavors that arise fro this beer because there are just so many and I could pick out something different with each sip. It is very complex dark and fruity, malty sweet, and hoppy at the same time. This is one that you just have to grab and try for yourself.
pintbypint (2800) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 31, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
355ml brown bottle. Near black pour with a swirl of beige foam and the odd spot of lace. Nose has light roasted malts, chocolate, some fruitiness/berry notes and pleasant alcohol. Taste is initially sweet, fruity booze, assorted red berries, then some late roast and chocolate malt elements. Light bitter end with some alcohol. Full bodied, decent level of carbonation to keep it drinkable. Smooth for it’s strength. Pleasing as a fresh brew, but it would be interesting to se this beer evolve in a few years time. this would do well in wood too, just saying.
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JAN 31, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
THOUGHTS: All those ingredients and it’s still fairly smooth. Sort of like a stout and barley wine had a baby. I wonder ho long they can keep this up. Hid alcohol decently for the high ABV. There might be a lot of hops, but this was a malt showcase. It got more and more complex as it warmed. It’s always one of the best holiday ales.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a dark brown that was pretty much opaque black in the glass with reddish amber highlights at the edges and an average, light brown head that fully diminished and left virtually no lacing. The aroma had heavy nutty malt, dark chocolate, coffee and chocolate syrup; lighter grain; raisin; black cherry; tar, soy sauce; brown sugar; maple syrup; vanilla; licorice; and dark fruit. Kept getting fruitier as it warmed. The initial flavor was heavily sweet and light to moderately acidic; while the finish was heavily to nearly harshly sweet and light to mod bitter and lightly acidic with a long duration. There was chocolate syrup, caramel malt, that barley wine taste, roasted malt, something spicy like rye, alcohol, nutty malt, dark chocolate, toffee, molasses, maple syrup, brown sugar, dark Belgian candy sugar, dark fruits, raisin, prune, black cherry, soy sauce, a little coffee, vanilla, tobacco, licorice, and some sort of hop bitterness to balance things out. The full body was sticky on the lips, a little syrupy, ever so slightly creamy, then slightly dry, but also oily with soft carbonation and a lightly alcoholic and lightly metallic finish.
zvikar (3903) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - JAN 31, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
At the warm beer tasting, thanks eyes_wide_shut, pours clear black with a small head, aroma of raisins, honey, coffee and milk, flavor of coffee, dried fruits, caramel, chocolate, carbonation, full bodied, nice
GandGKevin (932) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - JAN 29, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Shared with Chicago Mike and Dan. Caramel aromas with raisin. Flavors of toffee, chocolate and so much stuff I can’t even imagine what they put into it. Overall it’s pretty amazing.
brentfeesh (1208) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - JAN 28, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
On cask at Atlanta cask ale tasting. Black oily pour. Tons of sweet booze in the aroma. Dates, prunes and dark fruit, Dr. Pepper, in the aroma. This is dessert. Chocolate with Orange and dark fruit and some kind of cordial liquor. You just need a little of this oily thick concoction. It’s good though.
deekyn (1325) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 27, 2012
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A - pours dark molasses brown with no Heath and no lacing.
S - barley, grains and dark dried fruits up front. Molasses, caramel, brown sugar as well.
M - syrupy sweet heavy bodied brew. Chocolatey malty lingering ending.
T - molasses and caramel on the nose. Dark dried fruits and dark chocolate on the palate. Chocolate, molasses, brown sugar ending.
O - very good dark sugary barleywine. Quite good.
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tennessejed420 (927) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 27, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bomber. Pours a very dark reddish color with small tan head. Aroma of molasses, raisin, honey. Flavor has a nice lasting chocolate undertone with plenty of caramel, molasses. Very smooth for how young it is, impressive palate.
thornecb (4697) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 25, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours deep mahogany into a jewbelation glass...Tan head quickly recedes to scant remnants. Dark pit fruit, chocolate, and licorice aromas. Thin with dark pit fruit, dark chocolate and dark caramel upfront lightening to licorice and soy before the lasting vanilla oak finish.