DrSilverworm (7960) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 20, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle, shared. 2012 vintage, bottle 211/216. Hazy brown color. Thin creamy khaki head. Leaves lots of dots of lace. Really nice rum barrel, toasty caramel malt, brown sugar aroma in the nose. Nice creamy texture, bigger body, good burnt brown sugar. Some chocolate. Nice bitter sweet taste, light bite. Nice light boozy warmth in the finish, works well with the rum barrel aromas... Just a light bite. Very tasty barleywine to sip and savor.
b3shine (6246) - Indiana, USA - MAR 19, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber to snifter (thanks DrSilverworm). Looks good; a dark, fairly opaque brown with beige lacing. Smells good too; sweet and boozy with a nice rum barrel presence and notes of vanilla. Tastes like it smells with a nice, smooth mouthfeel. Good beer!
burg326 (4318) - Florida, USA - MAR 15, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by Matt, poured an amber brown color with aromas of caramel, vanilla, wet wood, and some rum. Flavors were light dark fruits with some sweet malt followed by some soft rum. A great beer I got to try thanks to Matt.
tkrjukoff (4156) - SWEDEN - MAR 15, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours clear dark brown with a nice creamy head leaving some lace. Aroma is rummy a bit vanilla malty a bit sweet and fruity. Flavor is sweet rummy malty a bit roasted bitter and has a peppery touch, good balance. Nice bitter roasted sweet finish.
stevencon (501) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - MAR 9, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks burg! Clear black pour Sweet wood and roasted chocolate. Easy to drink woody resin. Dry finish
boFNjackson (4185) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 14, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @ a recent bottle share... Poured dark brown with a mild head. Rum was super evident here. Spicy and sweet with dark malt grains and sweetness. Caramel and vanilla with dark fruits, wood, and even cocoa. Complex and quite unique tasting.
jmikolich (1477) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - FEB 12, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle, like a sweeter rum, tons of vanilla and that traditional cane type flavor from the rum, interesting portrayl of a barley wine, not hoppy at all very mellow and a sipper, not a big hit from the 11.4 either though.. smooth and sweet in a couple of words.
jcartamdg (2331) - Spring Hill, Florida, USA - JAN 12, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark brown with no head. Aroma of chocolate, caramel, vanilla and rum. Taste is malty, sweet caramel, chocolate and rum. Finishes with vanilla and oak. Nice full body, very smooth only slight booze which is crazy for a barrel aged barley wine this fresh.
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Lukaduke (2521) - Portland, Maine, USA - JAN 7, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to JStax ! Pours a deep hazy copper brown color with a couple fingers of eggshell foam. The nose has alot of spicy rum notes, vanilla, warm sweet spice, brown sugar and some date fruit. The palate is direct and sweet with a nice complexity lying under the initial sweetness. The carbonation and the mouthfeel make this beer a shining example of a smooth pleasant barley wine as some many others get so viscous and sticky and this one has a bit of a refreshing edge to it. Nice soft notes that follow the nose nicely molasses, coconut, dates, milk chocolate and pecan pie.... really solid beer. Thanks again Jstax.
Dogbrick (9109) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 21, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sample at the brewpub. The beer pours a dark brown color with some ruby around the edges, and a medium beige head that dissipates steadily to a film. Partial rings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of roasted nuts, caramel malt and coconut. Full-bodied with flavors of sweet malt, rum and chocolate-covered nuts. The finish is mildly boozy with a rum and chocolate aftertaste. Enjoyable beer all around.