hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - FEB 12, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle. Dark amber in color. Aroma is caramel, lightly fruity. Taste is sweet caramel, a nice bitterness, notes of raisins/plums. finishes sweet and lightly bitter.
brentfeesh (1208) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - FEB 12, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle. Pours clear with a light off white head and kind of a Bombay mahogany color. Spicy aroma with cinnamon or nutmeg(?). There are malty notes of sweetness but also an underlying hint of medicinal alcohol. The flavor is strong. Big malt that seems sure to have been spiced with something. Fairly bitter with spice and pine notes. Semi-dry, full mouth feel. Not bad, but certainly nothing I’ll get again.
CigarsLoveBeer (153) - Illinois, USA - FEB 12, 2007
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark Amber body with boring tan head. Very sweet grape-like aroma with alcohol notes. A very dense grape-like sweetness first hit me in the mouth, followed by the alcohol. Right before the swallow, the hops became more present, doing a great job of balancing the beer, and mixing with notes of alcohol and black cherry for a very nice finish. Body was fine and the finish was long.
Nephilium (1517) - Ohio, USA - FEB 11, 2007
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This pours a dark, dark red with a minimal head and strong lacing. The aroma smells almost like tea, with an underlying bitterness. The taste is a multilayered one, starting bitter, fading to sweet, and then leaving a bitter aftertaste. Alcohol is well hidden in the flavor, a very enjoyable beer.
SSSteve (3972) - - FEB 11, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
clear ruby/purple color. small tan head. hoppy, alcoholic, american barleywine aroma. sticky palate. flavors of alcohol, hops, and sweet malt with a hint of cinnamon in the finish. hint of licorice. too much alcohol.
jcwattsrugger (11587) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - FEB 11, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle-pours a foamy tan head that quickly dissipates and mahogany color. Aroma is lots of medium malt-sweet, dark fruit, secondary citrus. Taste is upfront citrus hops-bitterness followed by medium malt-sweet, dark fruit, licorice. Good carbonation.
bigdogbrewing (9) - Delaware, Ohio, USA - FEB 10, 2007 does not count
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours dark brown with orange/red highlights. White head with good retention. Leaves lace on the glass. Sweet malt up front and mid tongue, then a floral / herbal hop note hits and finishes clean and smooth. Smooth drinking but one dimensional. Does not not taste like a 9% tonic. No real flaws just does not have much complexity.
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - FEB 9, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Courtesy boboski. Dark brown pour with a thin soapy head. Mild floral hop aroma with a malty background. Slightly bitter start to the taste and a dry finish with a bit of the hoppiness lingering. Very drinkable, but not much to set it apart really.
peter (445) - Normal, Illinois, USA - FEB 9, 2007
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
I gotta say. I’m not liking this one. The alcohol is quite present, and the attack is quite harsh. The flavour, or lack thereof, of the hops isn’t strong enough to support the bitterness.
thegreenrooster (3570) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 9, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour is a very dark brown with almost no head. Aroma is chocolaty with notes of cherry and oily hops. Flavor is sweet chocolate malts with some dark fruits and molasses. The only down side is the lack of hops but other than that this is a tasty brew. Alcohol is hidden well for a 9%.