Steve_0 (1926) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 21, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at Ryan's shared with friends. Pour is crimson amber with a frothy off-white head and great lacing. Brown sugar, caramel, prunes, and raisins in th aroma. Very malt forward. Taste is big prunes, raisins, caramelized sugar, light grapefruit and bread but a bit boozy. Sticky mouthfeel with medium carbonation. A little too much alcohol present in this one and a bit unbalanced. Hmmmmm
574deadzone (762) - North Central, Indiana, USA - SEP 10, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2012 vintage. 24.8 degrees plato, 12% ABV, and aged in bourbon barrels. Pours a deep amber brown with flaming crimson highlights and a ring of toffee-khaki head that produces some big soapy clingy lace. About half a finger of tight bubbled foam is produced with a vigorous swirl. It really sticks to the inside of the glass not surprisingly. Nose involves a healthy dose of sweet bourbon with oak and vanilla, lots of doughy bread, dark fruits, dates, some slight cherry, a bit of buttery toffee, and some nice vaporous alcohol. Taste is very sweet, but has a substantial bitterness at the beginning and end to balance. Palate is very full, viscous, oily, chewy, pretty warm with alcohol, and tingly with bitterness and a somewhat active carbonation. Iím sure this would round out and cool down a tad with age, but this is another example of how drinking a big beer fresh has its benefits, too. Big and ballsy, smooth yet strong with alcohol, daring you to keep going. Sticky, lengthy, quite complex, powerful. Damn good.
48FanInCali (614) - California, USA - SEP 3, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Fairly disappointing example of the style. maple pour with very little head. Nose is grainy and light caramel but not much else. Taste is fairly bland with little of the characteristics that I typically love with this style. Still better than most macrobrew beers but certainly a letdown.
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brewskis (121) - Saint John, Indiana, USA - SEP 3, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Enjoyed on tap at Beer Geeks. Pours a brownish, amber color with no head and almost no lacing. Very syrupy, oily just from looking at it. On the smell, I get vanilla, oak, raisin, lots of breadyness, molasses, maybe some soy sauce. Smells like the English style should, lots of sweet malts and dark fruits. Tastes very sweet up front, along with some plum or raisin, booze and bread. Then get a nice carmel, creamy middle that coats the mouth and then goes into a burning warmth, along with some more malt and molasses on the finish. Not much hop presence except for a little spiciness. Canít get any detection of wheat, but Iím sure it cannot show through the other bolder flavors. Definitely a sipper. Full, oily body with low carbonation. Definitely would age if I had a bottle and would be much better in a year or two, but still smooth for the abv already. Good winter beer.
nike (822) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 31, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Thick, caramel, spruce, cheese, brown, heavy cloying sweetness, full body, average carbonation, in your face Barley Wine. A friend gave this to me to try. On style, complex brew. I guess better for the winter months.
crossovert (5642) - Illinois, USA - JUL 22, 2012
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This is a thick, sweet, and boozy one. Slight vanilla and mostly caramel in the flavor.
meerbier (1374) - Pijnacker, NETHERLANDS - JUL 6, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle@Home. Toffee aroma with hints of cheese and raisin. Amber colour, off-white head, fair lace. Very sweet, cheesy, light bitter, herbal, laurel.
Petronius (55) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 26, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Vanilla, bourbon, molasses; pleasant alcohol burn. Complex, almost like sipping a whiskey. Very sweet; mouthfeel was rather unpleasant, will not buy again.
tia (848) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - APR 21, 2012
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle @ SF. Murky brown with sudsy head. Smells kind of musty, boozy, and grapey. Also kind of tastes like corked wine. Sweet after taste.
jmagnus87 (2034) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - FEB 28, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours a lightly hazy dark ruby with a small bit of white head. Aroma is kinda boozy. Dark fermented fruit, caramel, bread and a little oaky bourbon. Taste is medium bitter and light sweet. Lots of warming alcohol with dark fruit, caramel, bourbon oak and a little hop bitterness. Full bodied with a thick texture. Lively carbonation and a long finish. Overall, not bad. I wish I would have had this when it was a little colder outside, because it is definitely warming me up.