pushkinwow (2570) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 29, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle opened up at the Ottawa 2015 Holiday gathering. Dark mahogany with a huge foamy head that was fairly out of control at the start. Tannin, roasted bittersweet chocolate, walnuts, musty, warming booziness. High carbonation, pleasant body, somewhat sweet with a fair amount of fruit, more red wine but slightly mulled on the finish.
Lubiere (12883) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 18, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2015 A deep dark brown barley wine with a thin brown head. In aroma, bitter chocolate with coffee grind, musty character, licorice notes, alcohol warmth, very nice. In mouth, a sweet fruity chocolate malt with with coffee grind, light sourness, dark fruits, plums, alcohol warmth, very nice. Bottle at Ottawa Xmas gathering 2015.
j12601 (9548) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - DEC 28, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at James’ for the multi-K tasting. Pours a deep black with a medium to thin tan head. Red wine and wood on the nose, warm wood and sweet malt and caramel. Roast and cocoa. Long chocolate and malt, warming caramel and alcohol. Tasty enough. Still don’t like barleywines.
Beerman6686 (6329) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 20, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
This poured a darker red with a beige head. Aroma was of.Belgian yeast, candy sugar, dark fruit and wine. Flavor was similar, more like a quad. Definitely nowhere near M.
AdamChandler (4518) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 6, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
split 4 ways. small fridge temp pour.
A - Prune juice murky reddish brown
S - Nose is whiskey, toffee, caramel corn and chocolate rice milk.
T - sharp doughy yeast and persimmon and figs with a stout roasty finish
M - creamy thick mouthfeel
O - Nice but not insanely pushing too many limits. still an interesting beer.
burg326 (5370) - Florida, USA - AUG 20, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a deep brown color with aromas of light candied dates, dark fruit, light caramel, some roast, and a touch of booze. Flavors were a mixture of the aromas, nice beer overall, couldn’t drink a ton of this, but a nice night cap.
Sarlacc83 (1933) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 6, 2014
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle provided undercover by Brian. Thanks!
A: Black body, mocha head.
N: Smoke, licorice, molasses, cocoa, coffee, lactic acid, cinnamon, peppercorn, rye, tobacco.
T: Sour coffee - with the implications of bitter and sour.
M: Medium body, slightly oily.
O: This is definitely in the ’black’ saison category, but unfortunately that doesn’t save it, since black saisons aren’t any good. This one was so desirable...before.
blipp (8181) - La Mesa, California, USA - JUN 29, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours deep brown with a beige head. Toffee malts, very light roasted malty notes, hints of spices, and a light grainy base. Pretty good.
BOLTZ7555 (3014) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUN 21, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by ibrew2or3 @ Woodshed 3.0! Dark mahogany pour bordering black body with a creamy khaki head. Bready, nougat, maple, tart cherry, dark fruit, yeast, and spicy rye. Some oak, some ash, some merlot. Definitely some semblance of an infection but not undrinkable. Glad I had a chance to try this!
daknole (10872) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUN 15, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brown pour, light brownish head. So the combination of sweet malts, Belgium yeast, fruity esters combine fairly well with barrels. Certainly not as bad as many make it out to be.