ineedbeer (839) - Oakland, California, USA - MAY 14, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma has a nice, interesting malt aroma to it with some slight alcohol note and medium phenolic character. Some moderate caramel and toffee notes with some toasted bread and spicy rye-like notes.
Pours a somewhat clear, copper-amber with a thin slightly tan head that recedes quickly to the edges. Faint lacing and sheets of alcohol.
Flavor is fairly malt forward with caramel and toffee notes. Medium bitterness with some phenolic spice notes and alcohol spice in the finish. Finish has some harsh astringency from the spice and bitterness.
Mouthfeel is medium full bodied with low carbonation. Medium low astringency and low alcohol warmth.
Overall an interesting beer with a nice aroma, but the flavor does not match with a weird spicy, astringent note in the finish.
BuckeyeBoy (2853) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 22, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle thanks to toby. Pours out a amber topped with a white head. Nose is sweet malts spice and some wood. Taste is as the nose with lots of heat plenty of spice and wood.
Dfonorow (1531) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 25, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle share at Hampton Inn pre-DLD party. Pour is deep amber with an aggressive brown head. Aroma is of pure dark fruits - fig, apricot, raisin, and dates. Flavor also has a large amount of dark fruits but with caramel, toffee, vanilla, and booze added. Very drinkable for the ABV.
superspak (2778) - Michigan, USA - JUL 3, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 ounce bottle into signature tulip glass, Winter Solstice 2011 bottling. Pours hazy deep orange amber color with a 1 finger dense cream colored head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of caramel, toast, apple, raisin, peach, plum, brown sugar, honey, floral, light pepper, and earthy yeast esters. Nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt and fruity notes; with solid strength. Taste of caramel, toast, peach, raisin, plum, apple, pepper, honey, light brown sugar, floral, spicy alcohol, wood, and earthy yeast esters. Good amount of earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, peach, light fruits, pepper, floral, honey, light brown sugar, spicy alcohol, wood, and earthy yeast esters. Very nice balance and complexity of malt and fruity flavors; with a good balance of bitterness and no cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and very full bodied; with a slick and moderately sticky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden for 17% with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice barleywine. Nice balance and complexity of malt,hops, and fruity flavors; and very smooth to sip on considering this is 17%. A very enjoyable offering.
hayduke (3422) - Eureka, California, USA - APR 27, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Got this at an epic shared bottle tasting at Dark Lord Days in the Hampton Inn in Munster, IN. Dark red. Tan head. Very intense nose Lots of flavor. Bold. Really amazing how well the alcohol is hidden.
djd07 (3820) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 26, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle as shown. Pour a dark brown with medium creamy tan head that lasts awhile leaving sticky lacing. The aroma is caramel and roast. Medium mouthfeel with light roast and nuts with caramel and boozey finish. Alcohol present but not overpowering. Good
thirdeye11 (5620) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 12, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(12oz bottle thanks to jjfoodie) murky deep copper, wispy offwhite bubbles. Nose of clover, honey, alcohol, bit of oxidation, caramel, rich. Taste of caramel, saccharin, alcohol, a bit messy in general.
SudsMcDuff (5918) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - NOV 21, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
2011 Vintage .. . pours a murky deep ruby brown .. . medium head, lacing is alright .. . how can a beer be thin and still chewy? muddled plum, chocolate.. . not all that enjoyable .. . . this is a skeleton, this is bones!
madmitch76 (15834) - , Essex, ENGLAND - NOV 17, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2nd January 2011
Cloudy red brown beer. Short lived bubbly tan head. This 2007 beer is in good condition! Crispy palate, semi dry. Sweet malt - fairly intense. A little aniseed alcohol. Coconut with a trace of cherry and strawberry. More aniseed. Toffee and caramel. Finishes neutral with a little alcohol heat. Complex beer that generally hides the alcohol well. It’s there but you would think this is a 12.0% beer.
jethrodium (366) - Berkeley, California, USA - OCT 31, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle generously shared by colonelforbin. Thanks Mike. Pours a dark reddish amber with a light tan head that settles to a ring and leaves some light lacing on the glass. The aroma is a light roastiness, some nuttiness, some alcohol, and some caramel. The taste is sweet with caramel and a light nutty note. The finish has a decent bitterness and is warming with alcohol. Low carbonation. Medium body.