neepsntatties (1092) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 17, 2012
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle courtesy of AKFaust and BrewBoone. Colour...deep mahogany brown with no head. Nose...smells just like Don Pedro Ximenez but with crushed dates, Brooks prunes and dark fruit cake. Palate...delicately carbonated with an immediate rush of Christmas cake and fruit bar. Next comes the waves of dark raisins, medjool dates and dark currants followed by a slightly bitter burnt brown sugar hit and a plush yet semi-tannic mouthfeel that adds an interesting dimension to the experience. This is a truly unique and rare beer!
brokensail (9834) - Orange County, California, USA - OCT 29, 2012
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very, very dark brown pour, almost black, with a khaki head. Rich bourbon and vanilla notes, lots of dark fruits, a hint of leather, and plenty of wood. Some sweet caramel, a mild to moderate oxidation, and a fair amount of chocolate. Sweet brown sugar and caramel notes which go nicely with the fruit, bourbon, and vanilla. Mild chocolate, some oxidation, molasses, and a hint of alcohol.
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 13, 2012
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I want to start off by saying thank you to the generous BA who shared this with a few of us last night. I definitely thought trying this one was beyond my reach. "We are but mere mortals in the presence of M." Indeed.
Pours extremely dark for a barleywine, dark mahogany brown, with a small beige head. It looks almost like a Belgian dark in color, almost black.
Aroma is outstanding and has clearly held up to the years in the bottle. Itís a good bit fruiter than I was expecting, certainly more than the typical barleywine. Lots of raisins and plums mixed with chocolate and caramel. The oak is present with some light tannins, leather and booze.
The taste just doesnít live up to the aroma though itís still extremely good. This is clearly where the age is beginning to catch up to M, with hints of oxidation creeping in. The booze soaked dark fruits are in the forefront, but with a chocolate-covered character to the whole thing. The finish is a mixture of port, oak and the oxidized notes.
The mouthfeel is creamy, smooth, and softly carbonated. Hides the alcohol exceptionally well
This is one of the more complex barleywines Iíve ever had and the nose really stands up to anything Iíve ever smelled in the style. I have to imagine that this would have been one of the best beers Iíve ever tasted if I had it 2-3 years ago. As it is, I feel lucky to have been able to try it and it has held up much better than could be expected.
Huhzubendah (2229) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 25, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow...bottle shared by scraff. Thanks a lot, Scott!
The beer appears a dark, chestnut brown color and displays a small, oily, beige head. Only sparse lacing is left behind as well as an oily, filmy layer that coats the snifter.
The aroma shows a bit of age and a myriad of scents, to include figs, raisins, plums, oak, booze, maple, brandy, toffee, caramels.
The beer is rich and luxurious, yet light on the palate somehow. Smooth and velvety, a silky feel. The flavor resembles a fine tawny port or sherry. Dark fruits coated with brown sugar. A delicate sweetness is present throughout. A light, warming booze presence, but unobtrusive. This beer goes down effortlessly. What an experience.
Dunt (259) - Illinois, USA - JUN 23, 2012
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Thanks Mike for bringing this epic bottle. Another bottle I never thought Iíd have the honor of trying, thank the lord for Epic Tres! Pours a dark brown with some reddish hues when held to the light. Good carbonation on the pour. Nose opens up with honey and caramel, then moves onto more caramel, dark fruit, light booziness, cocoa, and oak. Tastes slightly oxidized, but itís still a phenomenal barleywine. Caramel, honey, chocolate, malt, dark fruit, some light brown sugar, and molasses. Exceptionally smooth, not really boozy at all, low carbonation, and a long finish. Not just a product of hype, M is a real damn good beer. While it may be slightly past itís peak, it is still one of the best barleywines Iíve ever had. Thanks again Mike.
Thorpe429 (4968) - , Illinois, USA - MAY 30, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 11, 2012 Huge, huge thanks to Scott for opening this bottle and giving me the opportunity to try some. Served in a Midnight Sun goblet. Pours a very dark brown with a thin light tan head that recedes fairly-quickly, leaving behind a few spots of lacing as it falls to a thin collar. The nose has loads of dark fruits with plum and raisin being prominent. The background is a bit of caramel and toffee with very mild esters. Some barrel character is there, though itís in the background. The flavor adds in a touch of port character along with a very mild oak and vanilla presence. Not the most complex that Iíve had, but quite good. Body is medium with low carbonation and a slight viscosity. Smooth with no noticeable alcohol. Overall, a very delicious beer that I would have at any time. However, at this point, Iíd say that things like King Henry and perhaps Kuhnhenn BB4D are equal or better. Still, what a damn fine experience.
BrewDad (4601) - Olympia, USA - APR 1, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark brown in color, clear with a thin head. Nice dried fruit aroma with alight Belgian yeast lingering. The flavor was fruity and sticky sweet. I get a dried prune and slight citrus flavors. Very sweet bourbon aromas and flavors linger this brew also is high in alcohol and you can taste it. A terrific brew after all these years. Thanks Midnight Sun for the taste.
callmemickey (2077) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 9, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2013 A: Dark chocolate brown body with a thin to moderate sized khaki head. Light amount of lacing left behind.
S: Tootsie rolls, brownies, slight burnt brown sugar, the slightest hints of sherry and booze.
T: Chocolate, caramel, brown sugar, sherry, toffee, slight booze, oak, and a hint of vanilla.
M: The highlight of the beer. Sublimely smooth with a light to medium level of carbonation. Decadent, silky-sweet finish. Not cloying in the slightest. Perfect.
O: This is close to a 19/20 here, but the nose could have been a "tad" better. Well worth the hunt... I am lucky I didnít have to do the hunting. The hype is well deserved and this is (still) drinking great. Thanks, Joe.
fbm115 (183) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 24, 2011
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This was presented as a surprise bottle by Jon at a tasting. tried to go into this as imparital as possible. poured about 3-4 oz into a large stemed goblet. color is dark brown with a small dense head that falls quickly. clear up to the light. smell is rich dark malts mixed with dark fruits belgian yeast esters and rich barrel oak and bourbon component. notes of dark sugars and tobacco. there is a moderate note of oxidation that almost ties all the smells together. taste is, well, a barrel aged belgian barelywine. perfectly executed. a rich malt base with notes of brown sugar carmel maple syrup leads to a touch of dark fruits rasin and light note of roasty chocolate and a bit of tobacco. belgian yeast esters a touch fruity but clean and kept in check. barrel component adds a vanilla oaky char with a hint of spirit. finish is a touch sweet with a light bitter balance. a touch of alcohol to taste. oxidation is definitely noted but mild and adds another note of complexity. mouthfeel is super smooth and full bodied without much alcohol to feel. carbonation is low lending a creaminess to the feel. the balance of all the components sets this one apart from all the others. I canít thank Jon enough for sharing this masterpiece
Sean9689 (269) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 16, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Mega Tasting III. 22oz bottle, wow...really? Iím reviewing this beer? Pinch me. Huge thanks to Derek for this one!
A - Pours a very dark brown, almost black, small ring around the glass, no head or lacking to speak of.
S - Huge sweetness, caramel, molasses, slight dark fruit, ultra-smooth alcohol. Just an excellent combo of sweetness and booze. Lots of chocolate in there as well...wow. The oak is a perfect touch.
T - Burnt sugars, caramels, chocolate, touch of oak, dark fruits. This is like a decadent chocolate truffle mixed with sweet caramel and dark fruit. Seriously amazing. Lots going on...just excellent.
M - Full, rich and smooth, light carbonation, creamy finish.
D - Uh, wow. This is just phenomenal. Almost like a BA stout in some ways. The chocolate sweetness and dark fruits are just stellar along with the oak. Jeez...really impressive.