kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - APR 2, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Date: March 14, 2009
Source: Ticker Tasting
Appearance: clear brown, wispy beige head, bits of lace
Aroma: hot dark caramel aroma, touch of candy sweetness, light earthyness
Body: big body with a bit of stickyness
Flavor: sweet malt flavor, fruity sweetness, dark caramel, hot alcohol, peppery character follows the alcohol, balancing earthyness starts light and grows as it warms, warming, good complexity
Overall: good start, a few years of age should help quite a bit
Date: March 20, 2009
Aroma: sweet caramel malt aroma is not as hot as before but still a bit peppery
Flavor: flavor has also mellowed but retains a touch of the hot peppery caramel
Overall: good variance by bottle by age is still needed
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 16/20
djd07 (10051) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUN 29, 2016
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks to Gibson. Pours a cloudy brown with a small off white head. The aroma is vanilla, oak, candy sugar, booze. Thick body, candy sugar, vanilla, wood, boozy finish, very nice.
Sarlacc83 (1933) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 4, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from MOTOTODDHEAD. THANKS!
A: Dark mahogany bordering on black. Foamy creme colored head.
N: Toffee, a little oxidation, some caramel, burnt cherry, fig and raisin, prune. Sherry and brandy. Peppercorn and earth. Damp leaves and a hint of cardboard. Saw dust and a touch of cola.
T: Still quite sweet, but it is breaking down a little.
M: Heavy, oily body, tingly carbonation, some alcohol.
O: This reminds me quite a bit of Pelican’s Mother of All Storms. Still holding up, but I would drink it if you got it. Mine is starting to oxidize with a hint of cardboard, and I can’t imagine it will get much better. (My last bottle was extremely oxidized.)
slowrunner77 (10146) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 7, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
manages to be both sweet and hoppy, but more sweet in the end. a thoroughly enjoyable barleywine for a more than reasonable price, too! "bittersweet sherry" from the label is a spot on description, a little hop kick before a sweet finish. Nice smooth full mouthfeel."
jandd1983 (3832) - Wentzville, 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 (6720) - 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 (2093) - 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 (2912) - 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 (12747) - 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 (622) - 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 (1024) - 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.