notalush (5267) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 21, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This beer is basically a showcase of maris otter malts, which is not really a bad thing - the malt creates an earthy, almost peaty, whiskey-like character, which makes the rather high alcohol presence a little more tolerable than it would otherwise be - som sweet candied cherries late - the Goldings add a moderate bitterness that works well with the malt character - itís very simple, and the alcohol is a bit strong, but I thought it was okay.
DenverLogan (856) - MileHi, Colorado, USA - AUG 12, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap June 2 at the Vine. Listed as 9% English style Barley Wine.
Pours a dark copper.
Small head with lace.
Aroma of sweet malts.
Flavors of dark malts, sweet malts, slight fruit...moderately sweet overall with the alcohol hidden...quite drinkable.
cards04 (2153) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - JUL 6, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark amber. Aromas of dark fruit and vinous qualities as well. Nice sweet corn syrup at first with a hippy bite.
BeerandBlues2 (10607) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 10, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Vine Street. Pours clear dark amber to mahogany with a small, fizzy white head, short retention with light lacing. Aroma is dried fruits, cookie and caramel malt, toast, and earthy hops. Flavor is dark fruits, sweet malt, light hops and bitterness with a sweet, nearly cloying finish. Full body and medium carbonation.
ephemeral8 (67) - denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 12, 2012
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Rubbing alcohol, banana, caramel, orange peel oil and pith, really old freezerburned dried dates. Fairly inoffensive, but not particularly good. Why is it that wine at 10% and beer at 10% are such different animals?
3fourths (8495) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 23, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
draft at mountain sun. butter and bacteria noticed in the nose, behind sweet boozy caramel / date / plum juice and bitter wood oil. syrupy and toasty with burnt plum and wood lingering late. surprisingly strong ethanol character.
onceblind (5216) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 20, 2011
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tap @ Vine St. Murky purple ish brown with an orange tint. No real head, kinda dissipates early leavin behind a small bubbly cap. Aroma of cherry and fig with a toasty caramel malt undertone, perhaps some dark brown sugar as well. Taste was quite complex and tasty, starts with roasty dark candy sugar, with a big wave of fruity maltiness...lots of figs, cherries, a touch of honey, a bit of orange (maybe grapefruit...) and some sweet dark English malts... I love it. Itís wonderfully mild while still being strong and full bodied, malty and sweet and fruity. Only bitter enough to balance with some assertive floral herbalness. Really pleasant and dark-fruity.