MartinT (7797) - Montreal, Quebec, - AUG 12, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
My Bottom Line:
Caramelized cereals lean into burning alcohol before firm resinous bitterness latches on this super clean and liquorous Barley Wine.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A slim veil of foam covers the hazy dark red.
-The crystal malts flavors are also lightly toasted.
-Some fruit appears, but is not clearly defined.
-The body is expectedly round, but is not too heavy considering this gravity.
jandd1983 (2543) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JUL 19, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sampled at ESBLS. It poured a copper color with a beige head. The aroma was of caramel, cherry and light alcohol. The taste was sweet, with caramel, some alcohol and faint cherry. Very nice.
Strykzone (4913) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - JUL 16, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at esbls. Clear and mid brown. Minimal beige ring. Raisin in the nose with some chocolate. It tastes hot. Big malts and some harshness. Heat. Darker pitted fruit. Expected oxidation.
HonusWagner (1368) - Florida, USA - JUN 22, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From notes, bottle received in one of my first trades. Sweet dark fruity, caramels, a bit of a vineous component. Touch high on the booze, but a tasty beer.
jmagnus87 (2427) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - MAY 11, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle shared by a friend. From notes. Loads of toffee, caramel, dark fruits and a little woody hints in the end.
Ferris (3944) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 10, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle - Vintage 2009 - Sweet toffee and booze. Clear caramel and no head. Toffee, chocolate, candy and a little booze and heat on the throat. A wicked and strong beer.
Lothore (549) - California, USA - MAR 29, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A- Pours a deep, muddy, mahogany hue with little to no head.
S- Extremely sweet, lots of brown sugar, dark fruits.
T- Sweet, brown sugar, figs with a harsh bitterness / alochol burn at the end. Fairly dry.
M- Thick with medium carbonation.
D- This was an extremely enjoyable brew to sip on. I split the bottle and think half is all I could handle at a time but I really enjoyed it.
beechner224 (667) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - FEB 22, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle share thanks to Homer. Pours dark with small hwAd . Aroma if some dark fruits and sweet malt, taste us sweet first, but not bad. Burns a bit on the wAy down.
DrewFace (780) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - FEB 22, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle share thanks to Homer321. Pours a dark color. Sweet aroma, hops, booze barrel oaky whiskey and more booze in the flavor. Very tasty boost .
Homer321 (1876) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - FEB 22, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to homer321. Nose full of raisin and dark fruit. Very vinous. Almost flat pour. Probably better with mire carbonation boost but still good. Kinda thin and faded out.
Ratman197 (9728) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JAN 17, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle poured a clear reddish brown with a lingering ring of amber foam. Aromas of toffee, sherry, dark fruit and tobacco. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of toffee, sherry, dark fruit, earthiness and light tobacco with a smooth dry lingering earthy finish.