jandd1983 (3869) - Wentzville, Missouri, USA - JUN 1, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. It poured a dark brown color with a tan head. The aroma was of bourbon, wood, malts and some hops. The taste was similar to the aroma with more bourbon, chocolate, rye, alcohol, oak and malts. Gets better as it warms up. Very tasty.
coachd (599) - Missouri, USA - MAR 17, 2016
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Huge toffee and caramel in the aroma with bourbon barrel, plum, brown sugar and booze. Beautiful reddish brown color with no head. The taste has a lot of the toffee and caramel but brings in a lot more of the bourbon barrel and alcohol heat. The rye is most prevalent in the aftertaste. Great smooth palate which coats the mouth just enough. I thoroughly enjoyed this offering from Hermitage, a brewer that I had never tried before. This may be sacrilege, but this beer reminds me of BCS Barleywine and I believe it is just as good.
DuffMan (9611) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 1, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, shared at game night. Murky amber with golden highlights and a low off white head. Bourbon is quite pronounced in the aroma, leading to some trepidation about balance on the palate. Thankfully there is a lot of malt here, and things come together nicely. Still bourbon-heavy, but not harsh really. There is done alcoholic heat in the finish, but more warming than intrusive. A nice sipper.
944play (402) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - FEB 17, 2016
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at Sprenger’s. Foggy brown with receding off white head. Unbelievable toffee, caramel, and lightly floral nose. Not as sweet as the barrel-heavy aroma would suggest, but instead nice root beer and citrus bitters pervade. Dextrins abound, making a viscous appearance and initial mouthfeel, but it wipes away quickly. This beer is *special,* damn it.
vyvvy (5893) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JAN 21, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The beer pours muddy brown with almost no head. The aroma has caramel, toffee, vanilla, extra thick milk caramel and light oak. It has a big rich body body that’s lush and velvety with mild carbonation. The flavor has a ton of rich caramel, toffee, vanilla, oak, maple syrup and since alcohol. The finish has some more alcohol burn. Pretty tasty barleywine.
jtclockwork (14999) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 25, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours caramel malt tan head. Nose/taste of rye, bourbon, oak, caramel, maple syrup and touch of spice - medium/full bodied for the style.
Rando7 (778) - Iowa, USA - DEC 27, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle pours medium brown with ruby highlights, thin off-white head. Aroma sweet malts and bourbon. Taste sweet malts, caramel, toffee, bourbon, slight oak. Finish mainly bourbon and very slight hops/oak. Thick palate with nice alcohol tingle.
OK everybody puts "caramel’ in their descriptions of malty beers but with this one the caramel is REALLY pronounced. Very nice effort from a brewery I’m not familiar with.
BOSSbrewer (2705) - Arkansas, USA - JUL 21, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Had at the Great Arkansas Beer Festival 2014. Pours dark brown. Lots of malt and caramel on the nose. Rye is prominent. Slight roast. Heavy mouthfeel. Very nice beer. Probably my favorite at the GArBF.
kambei70 (958) - - MAY 18, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2014 bottle to a tulip glass. Pours a clear brown amber color with a small tan head. Taste is a perfect balance between a toffee/vanilla sweetness and a spicy rye graininess.
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jeremyh70 (1068) - Missouri, USA - MAY 18, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a clear dark copper with hints of garnet, a small off white head and decent lacing. Aroma has a sweet toffee and cookie flavor, raisin, vanilla and some rye graininess. Taste is very similar to aroma with initial sweetness of molasses and toffee with a rounded rye spiciness, some bourbon character, prominent vanilla and only a slight bit of alcohol. Finishes with some sweetness and alcohol spiciness. Mouthfeel is soft and medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Interesting and more drinkable than I would have expected. Like the nice balance and blending of flavors and the different tastes that the crystal rye brings to it.