goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - MAR 21, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a hazy deep orange-brown color with a very large and long lasting beige head. So large I was worried initially about infection but no, moderate sweetness and some fruity with notes of dark fruit and hint of black cherry. The flavor is the same but sweeter. You can taste a little more than I would like but less than would be expected. Big warmth. Full body and a mild-moderate syrup mouth feel. Ok 12oz gone and so am I. I love the efficiency of high ABV beers.
decaturstevo (4416) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - MAR 21, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Courtesy of hopscotch. Rusty brown straw pour. A very high gravity dried fruit aroma. Flavor surprisingly orange with a kicker of dried fruit. Decent mouthfeel and carbonation but lacking. Very storng beer with lots of abv that is masked pretty well. A good beer.
Quake1028 (633) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 16, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Courtesy of hopscotch. Thank you, sir.
amber pour, light tan head.....tropical fruits, caramel malts, hops and assorted spices....medium bodied, creamy on the palate and filling....very warming from the ABV, but it’s not distracting....great beer....
wickedpete (634) - Lexington Park, Maryland, USA - MAR 3, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to Ryan for this one. Murky brown body and a foamy beige head that lasts. Sweet apples in the aroma. Hot alcohol flavor, along with sweet fruit, apples, some butter, caramel, and spice. Very sweet. Very alcoholic.
argo0 (11128) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 2, 2008
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
(12oz bottle, thanks artusory) Medium beige head atop murky brown body, some dead yeast settled to the bottom of the glass. Aroma is moderately sweet, raisin, some booze, caramel. Taste is sweet, caramel, some raisin, boozy, alcohol burn. Full sticky body.
ryan (3187) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - MAR 1, 2008
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear dark amber with a medium sized beige head. The nose is toffee, raisins, berry and yeast. The flavor is very sweet with mounds of toffee/caramel, honey, alcohol, berry and cookie dough. Full body is sticky, chewy and moderately carbonated.
gunhaver (1030) - Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 17, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2008 Courtesy hopscotch. Pours cloudy caramel, with some prominent lacing, and tons of head. This one has tons of alcohol, as the aroma indicates. Some caramel, toffee, and what only I can imagine rainbows to smell like. Flavor is booze, sweet and syrupy. Thick, and fairly hard to drink.
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - FEB 17, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Courtesy hopscotch. Thanks for sharing Eric! Pours a cloudy light brown with pretty much no head. Smells of dark fruits, alot of caramel malts, and a good dose of some apple. The flavor is pretty monstrous as the 17% suggests. Big pounding alcohol heat all abound, sweet syrupy malts, dark fruits, bready yeast, and caramel pretty much round out the taste. Just a big beer all around. Could have used a little more balanced, but nice for what it is.
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - FEB 5, 2008
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
murky brown pour with about a one inch (2.5cm) off white head. The flavor is sweet, almost apple/cinnamon sweet. Given the right food pairing, this could be an interesting brew. I had it w/ a burger, which wasn’t a good match.
I liked the beer. Definitely one to sip.
kmweaver (3200) - Petaluma, California, USA - JAN 29, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle, brought back by artusory. Thanks, Ryan! Gushed out of the bottle; pours a murky, dark orangish-brown color; fizzy khaki head with medium-bubbled retention. Lots of dried fruits (dates, raisins), cherries, and candy sugar in the aroma; the alcohol is absent, remarkably for a 17% barleywine; sweet, with plenty of red fruits; a slightly medicinal character. Having at least tasted (not rated, I don’t think) the original Bo’s Vintage Ale, this does a much better job hiding its alcohol; lots of dried red fruits, chewy cherries, and caramelized sugar; incredibly sweet, dense, and reasonably flavorful, though not quite near where one would like to see a 17% beer; both the alcohol and the flavor profile are a bit reserved for the given stats; lots of chewiness, with an emphasis on a sweet fruity maltiness. Medium finish, showing wet malts and dried red fruits; ends reasonably balanced.