manuchampions (1224) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 18, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle from trade. Pours a dark copper, murky with thick cap of tan head. Aroma is very barley wine with big caramel notes, dark fruit, hops and candied sugar. Taste is all of the notes from the aroma plus a hint of vanilla and some heat from the alcohol. Finish is warm and hoppy. Very good but more of a BW in my book.
italianjohn (2159) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 10, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a deep lightly cloudy amber mahogany with a thin beige head decent retention sticky light lacing ..... aroma is of caramel malts, resiny hops, light pine and a little woody ..... taste is bitter citrusy/resiny hops, burnt caramel, roasted malts, light pine and woody with a bitter hop kick through to the dry bitter finish lots of flavor abv hidden well
jrallen34 (3475) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle poured into my De Struise glass... A nice pour of a dark orange with hints of copper, semi clear but doesnít look dirty, just dark. A big light tan head that is very full, great retention and lacing, looks great... The aroma is very strong hops throughout but there is enough caramel malt on the front to break it up. Smells like a barleywine, Iím very intrigued... The hops attack to much on the palate, not balanced at all. A super hopped barleywine, lots of hops and alcohol on the finish. The more you drink the more alcohol comes out in this...The mouthfeel is light but very rough, too warm.
This is not very good. Way out of whack, gotta pass.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 19, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz. Bottle: Aroma of malt, hops, resin, light wood, and slight metal. Poured deep amber/copper/brown in color with a small, tan/light brown head that diminished but lasted throughout as a film on top of the beer, as well as around the edges. Cloudy. Lightly sparkling. Full of tiny and small particles throughout. Very good lacing. Flavor is medium sweet and medium to heavily bitter. Tastes of malt, hops, light pine, light fruit, light berry, light resin, light wood, and slight burnt caramel. Medium body. Slightly tingly, then dry texture. Average carbonation. Malt, hop, pine, resin, light fruit, light wood, and slight burnt caramel finish is dry. 12%ABV is completely hidden throughout.
DYCSoccer17 (3158) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 20, 2010
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
22 ounce bottle purchased at Barkís Beer Cave in Plattsburgh, NY. Aroma has floral hop notes along with some caramel maltiness, metallic hints, and scant booziness. Aroma is so-so. Mildly hazy light-ish mahogany body with a decent off-white head present. Starts a bit astringent, before this becomes metallic...very metallic. Finishes with some herbal, hops...chinook? Light-bodied and pretty boozy.
williamherbert (1168) - Syracuse, New York, USA - OCT 29, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
The aroma is sharp pine and spruce hop. Sharp rye malts, dark and roasted. Touch of cherry and sugary raisin. Complex scent.
The appearance is dark, hazy brick red. Decent slushy head. Thick sheet of lace. Murky and inviting.
The flavor is gritty, burnt rye and barley. Touch of chocolate and burnt coffee. Grape, raisin, cherry. Very bitter spruce and pine oil hop.
The palate is chewy and very thick. Alcohol burn on the swallow. Itís equal to (if not better than) the original. Double bitters of woody hops and burnt malts. Very good.
swoopjones (4940) - Buffalo, New York, USA - OCT 27, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
draft @ Coles, Buffalo, NY. deep chestnut mahogany color. cramel malt, hops fill the aroma. Taste is malty ricness, some booze. Very balanced & warming. Some bitterness & dried & rich fruitiness. Nice Beer MA. Also cant really detect that MA ringwood yeast that I hate
TheJester (1656) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 14, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
650 mL bottle. Dark, hazy orange-brown. The beige head fades quickly, but laces nicely. Smells the part, with strong brown sugar, alcohol, and hops. The flavour begins nicely, with hops, caramel, and something that is almost anise, before exploding into a boozy finish. This one needs to stay on the bench for a while.
pete4999 (938) - Buffalo, New York, USA - OCT 8, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, pours a deep ruby red and an offwhite head. Smell is sharp....strong citrus with a little vanilla, maybe some oak notes. Taste is very deep....some cherry highlighted with a very nice, strong hop backbone. A little too barleywine-ish....but still good.
Sammy (7733) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 21, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 19, 2010 It was quite hoppy, very enjoyable and dangerously drinkable. Copper body, a little hoppy aroma. A tad above average mouthfeel. Not very complex, but tasty stuff.