sfontain (790) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 28, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22 oz bottle shared; around 8 bucks at Kroger, Bridge St., Dublin. Pours a non-hazy dark orange-brown with a rather disappointing small white head with no lasting power. Aroma is lighter than expected, with sugar, raisin; barely some peat. Flavor is heavily malty, sugary, light toast, but shockingly astringent; unpleasant sharp, bitter bite. The alcohol is evident and hidden poorly, and instead of a friendly warmth it has a note of facial cleanser. Weak, too thin, slightly off-putting. Maybe something was wrong with my bottle, I donít know. This would probably improve with a couple years on the shelf. Terribly disappointing. Iíve said for years that Left Hand makes substandard beer, but I have been recently reassured that only their 6-pack beers are lacking; this particular beer reinforces my earlier opinion, which remains that Left Hand is largely not worth drinking.
stevoj (1971) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 2, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Barrel aging smoothes out his beer, enhancing its drinkability, taste and aroma. Excellent all around, high ABV lurks around in the background without forcing itself upon you.
fletchfighters (1030) - AUSTRALIA - JUN 25, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy orange amber color. Bottle had a lot of sediment. Half finger of off white head that fell to a collar. Carbonation has held up quite well.
Nose is soft oak, brown sugar and dark fruits. Good nose for the age.
Taste is a bit thin. Some oak, brown sugar, caramel and fruit. Carbonation is perky for the age but it has thinned out a lot. For a 7 year old 9% beer it was quite tasty though
libertine (189) - rochester hills, Michigan, USA - JUN 23, 2014
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
;pours amber, almost no head. aroma is oak, caramel resin and malt. flavor not as oaky as I thought it might be. resinous up front, with toffee and cherry. medium body with a bitter finish. okay but not overly impressive.
Ferris (2908) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 16, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle - Orange and oak with a caramel base. Clear copper with a thin white head. Orange, apricot, woody oak with light hoppy bitterness. Pretty decent, but a bit of bitterness in the finish.
ads135 (2814) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - MAY 29, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours clear orange, some decent head, and a medium to thick body. Alcohol is hidden by the vanilla and dirt notes of the oak, some musty citrus and dark fruit.
Crispy34 (349) - Texas, USA - MAY 21, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber bottle. Aroma is the sweet, malty barley wine smell. Some almost cherry as well. Appearance is a deep bronze with little to no head. Taste starts barley wine with a dry oak note. The aftertaste is very cherry. Overall, a very interesting beer. Would like to age one more, or see them do this beer in the oak barrels with actual cherry purée.
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mfp13jr (142) - Glenville, New York, USA - MAY 17, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a golden dark amber with thin head. Aroma pulls in hot alcohol . Taste is caramel and toffee and alcohol
jmagnus87 (2333) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - MAY 11, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle at a friends house. From notes. Loads of caramel, toffee, oak and citrus.
Pailhead (4574) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - APR 29, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle: The aroma consists of moderate fruit, lighter smoke, caramel, brown sugar, and light oak. It pours a mostly transparent fiery amber with a decent amount of suspended sediment. It has a one finger khaki head that quickly fades to a soapy film. There is some sporadic webbing left on the sides of the glass. The flavor starts with starts with moderate caramel, brown sugar, and fruit. The finish has light-moderate smoke, grapefruit/citrus hops, and light oak. Itís medium-full bodied with mild carbonation and a slightly sticky mouthfeel. Overall, itís not bad in a small dose, but a full bomber quickly wore on me. Calling it a smoked Barley Wine would probably be more appropriate.
Ron (2441) - Rochester, New York, USA - APR 26, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a clear dark honey brown with a white head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma is full of sweet grains with a hint of smoke and a backing oaky note. Flavor starts full of sweet grains and caramel with some backing oak and a hint of smoke.