kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Name: Big Boris
Source: Brewfest, Indy
muddy orange, huge dense cream head, lots of scattered and drippy lace,
big fruity aroma with lots of earthy hops,
rich fruity flavor, plenty of balaning earthy bitterness, touch of tartness
Name: Big Boris
Words: franken wine barrel
lots of sweet oak and vanilla complements the rich fruity character, long bitter oak finish,
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 14/20
Tmoney99 (10804) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 27, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft At LB brewpub. Poured a hazy dark ruby color with an average creamy off- white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Good tart fruit and earthy aroma. Medium body with a sticky texture. Heavy bittersweet flavor with a long bittersweet warming finish. Solid beer.
Lubiere (10139) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 29, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(draft- Indiana brewers fest) Hazy gold brown ale with a nice grapey hopey aroma. Great vinous tatste with sweet malts and a nice grapefruit hops finish. Good body and balance.
deyholla (6707) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - FEB 11, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sampled at the 2010 Indiana Winterfest. Poured a orangish brown with a thin off-white head. Aroma was for of malts, caramel and grain. Flavor was more hoppy with the grains taking more of a back sweet. The beer was particularly smooth.
egajdzis (5364) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 13, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a hazy gold with a small off white head and some nice lacing on the glass. Perfumey citrus hops (both sweet and tart), more fruit, and alcohol as well in the aroma. Sweet and burning alcohol taste, taste of sweet malt, orange peel, dry finish.
heemer77 (5104) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - AUG 16, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at the Great Taste of the Midwest 2005. Had a hazy dark gold body. The aroma was caramel, honey with some light oranges. The taste is rich. This has tobacco, milk chocolate and peanuts. Nice.
BrewDad (5004) - Olympia, Washington, USA - JUL 21, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Beer Bloggers Conference 2012
Dark Amber in color, clear with a thin head. Sweet Barley wine flavors and aroma this was a very tasty brew. They really take pride in cellering this brew.
thedm (4948) - Fort Wayne, USA - DEC 25, 2012
2.7 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
This draft brew from a beer festival poured a very large sized head of foamy fine to medium sized tan colored bubbles that were and left behind a uncarbonated transparent golden brown colored body and a thick foamy lacing. The aroma was musty and malt hop. The mouth feel was weakly tingly at the start and strongly tingly at the finish. The flavor contained notes of spices hops and malt. A decent one that I would consider drinking again.
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - NOV 13, 2011
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
22oz bottle from unclemike, thanks Mike! Hand written 10 marked on the bottle. Pours a clear, ruby-amber colored body with a thin, creamy, beige head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is kind of an odd fruity caramel that is fairly sweet. The fruit gives off a bit of a tartness, actually. There is a decent hopping, but it gives off a bit of a cardboard nose. Flavor is better, but still a bit odd. Fruity and sweeter caramel up front. The fruits are a bit tart again. A good amount of earthy hops come in during the middle and dry this out with a moderate bitterness. Gets a bit grainy and sweet in the finish with lots of fruit. Lengthy aftertaste following a very smooth, medium body and a light carbonation. Overall, this didn’t really work for me. It was very fruity and somewhat tart with an earthy bitterness and caramel that never seemed to fully come together. This did grow on me a bit as I kept drinking it, but I wasn’t the biggest fan.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - JUN 18, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I remember drinking this stuff at the Stoudts Brewfest and remember thinking that it tasted more like a strong ale than a barley wine. I wish I could get into more detail, but oh well.