Probiere (992) - Iowa, USA - DEC 17, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The spices in here are a bit muddled, but the alcohol burn falls short of unpleasant and the malt is a semi-rich, medium-sweet, thickish exploration of pumpernickel bread, molasses, and fluffy biscuits. End is bitter with a sticky aftertaste.
brokensail (9944) - Orange County, California, USA - APR 18, 2014
1 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 1/20
Bottle @ home via Secret Krampus courtesy toss from Andy. Mahogany pour with a short lived khaki head. This smells like Red Man chewing tobacco. Smoke, caramel, band aids, and candied orange peel. W@? Tastes of tobacco, beef jerky, smoke, and plastic. This is gross. According to vacax: "the lake may be superior, but this beer is a fucking piece of shit."
gramity (1301) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 30, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very dark pour with a small tan head. Aroma of caramel, sweet sugars, and dark fruit. Medium palate, some carbonation. Taste is rich dark fruit, ABV is well hidden.
BeerKurve (431) - - JAN 19, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black which turns into a dark crimson when held up to a light. Aroma of licorice, caramel, toffee, oak, vanilla and chocolate. Rather smoky upfront with licorice, chocolate, oak, hops, chocolate and roasted barley; Very chocolatey/roasty finish. Light weight body and carbonation. Very smooth tasting!
Trev (1841) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 11, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cola brown pour with a thin tan head.
Aroma is smokey and dark fruit.
Flavour continues with smoke, roasted malt, hints of licorice.
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marcus (6018) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAY 16, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by bhensonb. Pours dark brown with an attractive beige head and a smoky oaky molasses aroma. There is a very woody brown sugar flavor with a dry chocolate finish and a mild alcohol trail.
bhensonb (10355) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 16, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Guerde - thanks man! Pours very dark brown/amber with a creamy off-beige head. Aroma seems woody. And smoky. Full bodied, almost. Flavor is woody, smoky, lightly brown sugar. It’s near dry. It finishes smoky and a bit bitter. A little chocolate after a long time.
ryanfolty (1780) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - FEB 4, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Winterfest 2013. Muddy brown pour with limited head. Aroma and taste of smoke, oak, fruit and sweetness.
Schaeppi (3) - - JAN 5, 2013 does not count
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours dark and smooth into snifter with perfect amount of head. Main aroma is scent of dark chocolate with faint dark berry. Tastes creamy to the mouth, smooth immediate aftertaste, with delayed mild notes of chocolate and coffee. Great beer stand alone and great with a burger or hearty winter meal.
Ericular (495) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 27, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark brown with pillowy head that lasts forever with great lacing. Sweet, dark fruity aroma, with some caramel and bourbon. Taste is equally sweet with more caramel, toffee, and a little roasted taste with slight booze at the end. Palate is thick, smooth, creamy. Alcohol is very well hidden. Almost dangerously drinkable, as it is subtle and not overly complex.
mixmasterob (879) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 23, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Santa. Dark mahogany pour with a small tight beige head. Aroma was full of dark fruits, toffee, caramel and a light touch of smoke. No booze. Well done. Flavors were rich from top to bottom. Toffee, caramel, earthy sweetness, slight roast. The smoke lingers just a bit. Mouthfeel was velvety smooth with light carbonation. Rich and soft. One of the best barley wines Ive had in quite some time. Awesome in its simplicity and execution.