sfontain (851) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 16, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle. Nice looking orange-red-amber pour; almost-fizzy eggshell head becomes a sparse covering; no lacing. Aroma oak, caramel, malt sugar, alcohol--not bad. Rather falls apart in the flavor; sharp, uncharacteristic bitterness, cheap bourbon flavor; finish is excessively astringent, and there are plenty of quality 10% brews that hide it much better than this. Medium-thin, almost frothy body. Not as bad as the first 20 raters suggest, but thereís much better out there.
oldrtybastrd (4887) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 11, 2016
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a dark reddish brown color. Aromas of dark fruit, malts, a citrus hops. Flavor had big alcohol taste mixed a nice hop action and lots of fruit and malt flavors.
markducommun (820) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 13, 2016
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear tan red, almost no head. Lightly fruity, vanilla, alcohol on the nose. Pretty sweet. Very upfront alcohol. Quite oily. Medium body. Fine. Not terribly well balanced.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
JohnGalt1 (1434) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 24, 2016
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
beardsonbrews hooked me up with this gem... I am SURE Iíve had it before, but am still stoked to get a new review! Thanks Mike!! Pours a little hazy amber with a good light khaki head.. Caramel and treacle notes with vanilla woody tannins.. A bit astringent but gets a lot better with warmth.. Cool to try an old favorite once again, thanks buddy!!
cgarvieuk (20225) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 17, 2016
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle in hotel room Orlando 2016... Dark brown.. Boozy.. Soft toffee malts nose... Big sweet bourbon ftont.. Soft toffee malts.. Meaty sweet toffee roast
DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 30, 2016
2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Poured into a snifter.
3.5 A: Clear deep plum color. One finger of frothy beige head. Retention is alright given the ABV and a short ring of lacing is left.
3.25 S: The barrel comes through well. Big leather, vanilla, and oak. Caramel, toastiness. Just a few hints of dark fruits including plum, red apple, and a touch of raisin. The base beer doesnít offer a whole lot.
2.25 T: The taste is severely lacking. Itís all barrel and no base beer. Leather, tannic astringency, vanilla, oak. Toasty. Just a touch of plum, raisin, and toffee. Overall pretty dry.
2.25 M: Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Lacking all creaminess.
2.0 D: This is a pretty piss poor beer. Fails miserably as a barleywine.
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Dorkenstein (339) - - DEC 18, 2015
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
The bottle Iím using to rate this was bottled on 10/20/14, so this review isnít entirely the same as when itís fresh. This barely wine smells of caramel and candied dates. Taste is a syrupy caramel with some tart berries. The barrel flavor shows up in the finish. Itís better than when I had it fresh a year ago.
Beerman6686 (6044) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 23, 2015
2.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Poured a ruby red color with an off white head. Aroma was of caramel, dark fruit and oak. Flavor is caramel upfront by a big bitter and booze punch, something off, and an oak finish. Not great.
crossovert (10758) - Illinois, USA - JUL 22, 2015
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
355ml bottle. This tastes like a bunch of highly rated oxidized barleywines so the ilk that enjoys that stuff might dig this. It is musty, sweet and white raisin/carmally, some barrel funk, oxidization, typical of the style.
tsd08460 (653) - Marshall, Virginia, USA - JUN 27, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma: caramel, bourbon, oak, vanilla
Appearance: clear amber, tan head
Taste: bourbon, oak, vanilla, medium sweetness, lightly bitter, lightly bitter,
Palate: medium body, creamy texture, soft carbonation, long finish,
Maverick34 (2870) - New York, USA - JUN 21, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled. Poured red brown. Not much head. Wood, vanilla, yeast. OK but something was off here.