Ernesto987 (2365) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 14, 2012
1.9 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
UPDATED: NOV 16, 2012 Ok so, this is overly sweet completely flat and infected. It reminds me of the simpsons episode where burns has a lot of diseases countering each other, the infection makes the over sweetness caused by the flatness bearable.
tmoreau (1623) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - NOV 8, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Lunar Brewing Co., and snifter served with a deep mahogany hue, a thin layer of off white, bubbly head foam that diminished quickly to a narrow ring, and showed a syrupy film on the glass instead of any lacing. The aroma was sweet, dark fruit, vinous, barrel/cask scent, and a dose of vanilla. Rich and full bodied, softly carbonated, moderately bitter, with texture that was syrupy but no too sticky, and appropriate alcohol warmth to suit the occasion. Quite impressive!.
Ktwse (699) - SWEDEN - NOV 2, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Ølbutikken. Pours black with small tan head. Aroma is port, cherry, dark fruit, vanilla, brown sugar, caramel malt, melasses, chocolate. Very sweet! Taste is equally sweet with just a hint of bitterness to balance it up. Strong alcohol and port finish that lasts quite some time. Rich, creamy body with low carbonation. Not as great as the bourbon barrel edition but definitely one of the best barley wines I’ve had!
Steve_0 (1230) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 28, 2012
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle at home. 2010 vintage. Pour is deep, murky, cola with no head. Looks like this one is completely flat. Cherry cola, light cocoa, whiskey, figs, dark fruits, caramel, and brown sugar in the aroma. Taste is cloyingly sweet, dark fruits, raisins, brown sugar, slightly boozy, roast, slightly acidic and sour, with caramelized sugars and an alcoholic burn on the finish. Syrupy mouthfeel with absolutely no sign of carbonation. Way too sweet for me and the absence of carbonation is really off-putting. Not a very enjoyable experience.
MrBeerFanatic (714) - Buffalo, New York, USA - OCT 19, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2012 16.99 Bottle ordered from internet. Pours a dark caramel with deep red hues with very little head. Aromas of wood, oak, whiskey, and a light hint of vanilla. Flavors of whiskey which hits over the top of all other flavors, caramel, wood/oak, and slight brown sugar. The alcohol burns a little through the nose and on the palate and going down. Medium sweet with a little to no aftertaste. The whiskey notes really make this unpleasent as I really dislike its taste. The notes of whiskey are just to strong for my taste. The alcohol is subdued decently.
timfoolery (882) - California, USA - OCT 14, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from some store around three years ago (2009). Aroma of sheer brandy and barleywine-type bright malt and almost non-existent hops. Flavor was much of the same, and the palate left much to be desired, as these 10+% ABV beers by Lost Abbey have little to no carbonation. Still, this was one of those Utopia-type offerings...a straight sipper. Pretty good beer, but could be much better.
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wchesser (664) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 12, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2009 bottle drank Oct. ’12. Flat almost no carbonation. Very nice nose of sweet caramel malts, toffee, and some oak. Pretty one dimensional and a bit too sweet. Not as good as others I remember, especially the barrel aged versions.
POLK (1884) - Hørning, DENMARK - OCT 1, 2012
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
161111: clear brown color with a little foam. Sweet aroma. Very acidic taste may be infected. practice.
Shaftie (213) - , Maryland, USA - SEP 21, 2012
1.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
Infected as hell. Been saving this awhile and was super super excited to finally try it but alas it was infected.
gramity (1051) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 4, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to pushkinwow for this. 2008. Pours a brownish amber with no carbonation whatsoever. Aroma is sweet caramel, slightly floral, oak and dark fruit. Taste is a pleasure, the only thing that holds back is the lack of carbonation.