fitwitchik (282) - USA - AUG 17, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from a bottle into a snifter a dark auburn brown.
Aroma of boozy raisins dark fruited sugar.
Flavor is caramelized figs raisins. Slight bitterness but doesn’t distract from the depth of molasses here.
Nice blend for the palate and very smooth. Easily would want another bottle to lay down. Nice job JO
suprchunk (2151) - Crestview, Florida, USA - AUG 16, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown colored pour. Small tan head. Little bit of lacing. Caramel malt aroma with notes of grain and raisins. Raisin and grain taste. Vanilla and caramel.
Pailhead (4741) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - AUG 10, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: The aroma consists of caramel, toffee, faint chocolate, and a hint of raisins. It pours a dark brown with some faint orange highlights and a small beige head that quickly fades to a thin ring. The flavor starts with chocolate, caramel, raisin, and a touch of toffee. The finish has some woody/piny notes with a touch of brown sugar. It’s medium bodied with mild carbonation and a slightly sticky mouthfeel.
tectactoe (1641) - Michigan, USA - AUG 10, 2014
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: AUG 11, 2014 Bottle: Super deep brown & translucent brown edges, khaki collar without much of a head on top. Aroma is quite sweet, lots of brown sugar & caramelized residual sweetness covered over a large dark fruit profile full of dates, prunes, & succulent raisins. A very slight cinnamon french toast essence. Moderate buttered toffee with only a tiny bit of alcoholic warmth. Taste contains more brown sugar with some molasses & mild anise. Less of a dark fruit taste than the smell suggested, but notes of dates & prunes are still there. Moderate bitter toffee, black licorice, & light perfume finish with a bit of heat from the booze. Mild Risen chocolate-caramel, too. A little undercarbonated, but pretty nice. I liked the aroma a bit more than the flavor.
umich03jm (1926) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - AUG 1, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Brown pour with a reddish hue, small ring of foamy head. Aroma is like a very good scotch ale. Burnt caramel, chocolate, dates, raisins, and vanilla. Tastes pretty smooth and just a little boozy. Caramel, chocolate, cherries, dates, vanilla, and toffee. Hints of brown sugar sweetness and nuts in the finish. Medium body. Smooth mouthfeel. Nothing harsh here at all. I really enjoyed this and I don’t generally like english barleywines. I would love Jackie-O’s to dump a bunch of hops in this base beer and make an american style one.
jtclockwork (8170) - , New Jersey, USA - JUL 30, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by me at weekly tasting. Pours dark brown tan head. Nose/taste of caramel, toffee, vanilla, light alcohol soaked dark fruit. Medium body.
vtafro (3197) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JUL 30, 2014
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thank Jtclockwork. Brown pour with tan head. Dark malt, sweet, other malt aromas. Very smooth sweet and malty tones.
JBPortland (732) - Portland, Maine, USA - JUL 27, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
375ml bottle shared thanks to Lukaduke! Pours dark brown with small head. Nose is fruity boozy dark fruit with some sweet chocolate candy and tootsie roll. Taste is a little on the thinner side with good round fruity malt sweetness and some boozy raisin spice. Finish is dark nutty fruits and dark breads.
Lukaduke (2112) - Portland, Maine, USA - JUL 27, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle thanks to Jstax for always being my midwest forager ! Pours a deep burnt sienna color with a finger of khaki foam. The nose is a bit strange... grape favored tootsie rolls, buckwheat honey, beeswax. The palate follows but the strange grapey fruit makes more sense in the flavor profile, adding a nice complexity and depth to the round caramel, cocoa dust, leather and bitter walnut flavors that linger into a pretty dry finish.
Nephilium (1344) - Ohio, USA - JUL 16, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sweet aroma with hints of chocolate and dark fruit. Pours a nearly opaque dark brown, with ruby highlights when held up to the light, and a thin quickly fading light tan head. This is a very malt heavy beer, strong sweetness with a touch of roast in the finish. There’s a bit of alcohol warming in the throat after swallowing it. I prefer the American style barleywines, but this is a fine representation of an English one.