thirdeye11 (5975) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 20, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(22oz bottle) clear deep amber, soapy tan bubbles. Nose of caramel, cream, agave, light faded hops. Taste of caramel, gold raisin, toasty malt, light alcohol presence, nice.
superspak (4391) - Michigan, USA - DEC 12, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 ounce bottle into snifter, 2014 vintage bottling. Pours fairly crystal clear deep ruby red color with a small dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of caramel, molasses, brown sugar, toast, toffee, raisin, fig, date, vanilla, bourbon, oak, light pepper, and oak/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and bourbon barrel notes; with great strength. Light amount of booziness in the aromas, but not a bad thing. Taste of huge caramel, brown sugar, molasses, toast, toffee, raisin, fig, date, vanilla, bourbon, oak, light pepper, and oak/toasted earthiness. Light earthy oak/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, brown sugar, molasses, toast, toffee, raisin, fig, date, vanilla, bourbon, oak, light pepper, and oak/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity and robustness of dark/bready malt, bourbon barrel, and moderate dark fruit flavors; with an awesome malt/barrel balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and very full bodied; with a very creamy and fairly slick mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is an outstanding barrel aged wheatwine style! All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt, bourbon barrel, and moderate dark fruit flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.
Mears (73) - - DEC 8, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Good beer. I like the carmelization the best. Can really taste the raisins.
rlgk (17123) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 16, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared at chriso Post-GBBF Tasting 2014, London. Clear golden/copper beer, almost no head. Fruity caramel aroma, woody, whisky, toffee notes. Fruity vanilla flavor, licorice, toffee, vinous, warming alcohol.
ChrisSc (463) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 19, 2014
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle into tulip. Minneapolis.
2012 Vintage (aged 2 years).
Appearance: Dark ruby/copper in color. Somewhat transparent, though pretty dark. Small off white head ~3mm.
Aroma: The nose is not very strong, but you get a lof of the flavor when drinking the beer. Malty - Toffee, chocolate. Earthy and yeasty. Raisin. Rich and complex.
Taste: Medium sweetness upfront, then a wave of flavor with a long finish.
Palate: Rich heavy body. Thick, oily texture coats mouth. Soft carbonation. Long finish.
Overall: This beer is much more impressive after a couple years of aging. The nose is not strong, but the flavors are powerful, but balanced, when you drink it. The texture is rich. Really enjoyable.
EamonTheGreat (157) - USA - SEP 19, 2014
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A solid Barleywine style ale brewed with wheat. The taste is a little different from a traditional Barleywine. Not quite as sweet, but very smooth for such a high ABV. Slight caramelness, but all in all a good barley/wheat wine.
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hman43 (978) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - AUG 29, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
It pours a dark brown with little head. It has a strong alcohol smell with caramel and some dark fruits. The taste has a strong caramel and bourbon characteristic with fruit flavors evident. It is extremely strong, but good.
kayres (774) - , Georgia, USA - AUG 1, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very dark brown with a thin white head. Sweet vanilla aroma. Sweet boozy vanilla
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chucklemation (1247) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - JUL 15, 2014
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a dark mahogany, transparent, with no head. Has a scotch-like aroma. Flavor is very reminiscent of a hard liquor, such as scotch or bourbon. Perhaps there’s a touch of caramel, and any dark fruit comes out a little bit in the aftertaste. Might be interesting to revisit after a year or two. Very strong. The similarity to hard liquor turns me off.
MarkPine (17) - - JUN 26, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Really nice amber color with a fingers head. Lots of caramel flavor. Very warm taste with a good booze finish, again caramel flavor. Definitely a long session beer. Would love to try it aged more.