anders37 (20410) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAY 13, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a black color with a small tan head. Has a roasted malty licorice and chocolate aroma. Roasted malty chocolate, licorice and coffee flavor. Has a roasted malty chocolate licorice and coffee finish.
fiulijn (16924) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 7, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Brewery Creek, Vancouver
It pours a oily black color with small head, brown, a bit fizzy, disappearing quickly.
Aroma of roasted malts, some chocolate, and quite evident alcohol.
It’s full bodied, the mouthfeel is round, with the malt of a barley wine, roasted malts, strong flavor of dark chocolate too; in the final there is some liquorice, salt, and quite strong alcohol feeling (but somehow acceptable knowing the real ABV); strong bitterness; salty dark chocolate in the final too.
brokensail (14029) - San Leandro, California, USA - DEC 4, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Almost black in color, at worst very dark brown. A very tall brown head. Big roasted malt, alcohol, and dark fruit aromas. Some dark chocolate, licorice, caramel, and molasses. A bit acidic in terms of the flavor and somewhat boozy. Lots of roasted malt, dark chocolate, and dark fruit. Some molasses, caramel, and licorice. Some okay flavor, but too heavy on the booze.
bhensonb (12945) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 29, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber from The Davis Beer Shoppe. Pours very dark brown/black with a temporary, nearly chocolate, tan head. Aroma runs toward treacle and dark fruits. Quite full bodied. It has carb. Flavor is chocolate, then dark fruit, then moving on to chocolate and dark malt. Heat sneaks in once in awhile, but it’s not obnoxious. Much less heat than expected. Certainly not dry, but the sweetness is much more restrained than many barleywines. I think there’s bitter in the finish, but whether from burnt malt or hop? It’s fairly refined, and pretty tasty.
Tmoney99 (12402) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 13, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Poured dark brown color with an average frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy complex toasted malt aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy dark complex bittersweet flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration. My expectations were exceeded.
jtclockwork (11780) - , New Jersey, USA - NOV 5, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours dark brown tan head. Nose/taste of raisin, dark fruit, molasses, cocoa and deep roasted oats. Full body. Sweet as expected.
Ratman197 (11748) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - DEC 10, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Hops and Pie poured a clear dark reddish brown with a small lingering brown head. Aromas of toffee, plum, raisin, dark chocolate and light carmel. Palate was medium to full bodied and smooth. Flavors of toffee, carmel, plum, raisin and molasses with a smooth lingering molasses finish.
Lubiere (11583) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 10, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A dark reddish brown ale with a thin dark brown head. In aroma, beautiful dark fruits, molasses, chocolate, woody notes and licorice. Wow! In mouth, a smooth licorice laden vinous malt with plums, bitter herbs, ricolla, tons of alcohol, yet balanced. On tap at Datz, Dec. 9 2012.
Drake (11116) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - DEC 16, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Beer Run. Pours a dark brown color with a thin frothy tan head. Decent head retention. Big malty aroma with notes of chocolate, raisins, caramel and booze. The taste is chocolate, toffee, booze, a decent amount of smoke and a bitter hop finish. Full bodied and fairly hot. Nice, but these anniversary beers are getting kinda boring. What’s next, 17 MALTS! OHMIGOD!
BeerandBlues2 (11047) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 3, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at home. Pours opaque black with a medium, bubbly tan head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is toast, caramel, nutty, and cookie malt, light spicy and peppery alcohol, earthy, citrus, and herbal hops with dates, figs, prunes, and raisins. Flavor is sweet malt, candied dark fruits, light hops and medium-light bitterness, peppers, spicy alcohol, and a sweet, lingering finish. Full body and medium carbonation.