Travlr (9817) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 24, 2010
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
2007 bottle at DC local tasting. Muddy brown, no head or lacing. Oxidized. Lots of sugar and maple syrup. Not good.
superspak (1895) - 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 (3073) - 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 (2533) - 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 (5338) - 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 (5321) - .....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 (12102) - , 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. Itís there but you would think this is a 12.0% beer.
jethrodium (356) - 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.
Steve_0 (1920) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 25, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at home. Pour is reddish-amber with a small, off-white head and decent lacing. Raisins, figs, grapefruit, caramel, toffee, dark fruits, and light alcohol in the aroma. Taste is fruity, toffee, lightly boozy, raisins, caramel, and grapefruit. Sticky mouthfeel with soft carbonation. Begins sweet upfront, lightly hoppy with sweet caramel notes through the middle, ending with a light alcoholic burn on the finish. The alcohol is present, but not overbearing by any means. Not bad.
Reynolds314 (1877) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 15, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Muddy, sweet. sloppy, and really hot. Just a complete booze bomb with overly sweet flavors. Brown sugar, booze, maple, mollases, booze, cane sugar, booze. Maybe it could substitute as a really expensive alternative to southern Comfort if you needed one.
Ernesto987 (3010) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 10, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A wee bit too strong, great barleywine flavors. Very strong alcohol burn on the finish