Ron (3609) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAY 6, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at The Old Toad after free steak dinner I won from work at the Fairport Inn. Clear golden with no head. Spicy Belgian yeast, esters, alcohol and banana on the nose. Heavy sweet, alcoholic, fruity and malty flavors. Full body, alcoholic warmth. The 1st sip gave me flash backs to the Yukon Jack days of many years ago. It tasted like there was that much booze in this.
rederic (3256) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 27, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
375ml bottle, cloudy burgundy hue, with no head, sweet yeasty, fruity dried raisin, plum, candied orange peel, marmalade nose, with a phenolic, toasty, caramel, biscuity malt note, and with a raisin pie, faint toffee, brandyish accent in the aroma follows through on a medium-bodied palate with a nice warmth syrupy, yeasty fruity raisiny, plummy, candied orange peel, marmalade, Grand Marnier liqueur character with some brandyish, fruitcake, toasted, caramelized malt, brown sugar sweetness, baba au rhum pastry flavours, with a faint raisin pie, toffee, bran muffin undertone leading towards a warming, sweet fruiy, plum juice, dried raisin, toasted, caramel maltiness, Grand Marnier liqueur alcoholic finish.
hallinghansen (2906) - Odense SV, DENMARK - APR 22, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. 17,6% vol. Hazy copper body with no head. Aroma is raisins, dates, candi sugar, alcohol, fruit, Flavor is quite boozy with notes of raisins soaked in some sort of booze, candi sugar. It has a light sour swallow. The alcohol burns in the mouth for a couple of seconds. Soft carbonation, oily texture. Average.
Cannile (12) - California, USA - APR 2, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
To be honest with you, I hate these "beer rating" websites, I feel they overshadow the real gems that are out there with "top beers" bias when consumers are in front of that beer selection looking to make a purchase, especially in this smart-phone-saturated day and age. But, because I finally opened this on-a-whim purchase that I made well over a year ago, I figured I’d provide a review. Pours a fairly-clear (but not filtered) gold color, low-mild carbonation, mild lacing upon swirling. Smells of booze, tons of caramel, vanilla, spice, and a hint of dark fruit. Light-medium body. Tastes as it smells. There is a little heat after swallowing, but that comes with anything 18.5% abv. Stellar stuff. Take my advice ..... share this bottle with a friend, do not drink this entire bottle by yourself like I have.
MotherBrother (921) - Aalborg, DENMARK - MAR 24, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pour deep amber, with no head at all.
Aroma of caramel, ripe fruits, apricot, dates, fudge, candied apples. The alcohol is definitely present, but not at all overpowering, and only a slight burn is detected.
Taste is sweet. Very sweet, but still well balanced.
Oily body, with a flat carbonation.
dnstone (2707) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAR 11, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Barly strength in the aroma. Poured amber in color with off-white head. Strong chewy barley sweetness; coats and lasts...some orange and floral notes in the finish.
Notes: Borefts fest
reebtogi (5735) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 17, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
375ml bottle listed at 17.6%ABV pours a golden orangeish color with a small white head which leaves some spotted lacing on the glass. Aroma is light fruits and malts with some floral hops. Taste is a big malty sweetness with hints of fruit and a modest hop bitterness and nice alcohol burn in the finish. Nicely balanced flavors. Full bodied with light carbonation. A truly outstanding barley wine.
goatboy (12) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 7, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Opened after 1.5 years of cellaring, Pour is a Cloudy, Hazy, Murky Brown with almost non-existent carbonation and no head. Aroma is sweet earthy fruit, caramel, bubble-gum & hops. Flavour is similar with lots of fruit, dates, orange, caramel, apple and hops. texture is slightly oily and defiantly full bodied. this beer has a sweet warming astringent alcohol finish and is enjoyable
BeerBoxer (232) - Sacramento, USA - JAN 24, 2012
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
bottle shared by Marcus. Pours apple juice color. Aroma is acidic and the flavor is like a brandy. Very creamy and yet smooth.
Ratman197 (13408) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JAN 24, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
375 ml green bottle poured a clear peach with a lingering ring of ivory foam. Aromas of alcohol, carmel, peach, orange and pepper. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a warming finish. Flavors of carmel, peach, white pepper and orange with a smooth warming lingering fruity finish.