SHIG (3453) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - APR 20, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Poured a mahogany brown with a thin beige head. Aroma is sticky malts, figs, dark fruit, sweet warm feeling. Taste is strong dark fruit, sweet malts, and nice light alcohol burn.
jpkeskinen (157) - FINLAND - APR 19, 2014
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Drank from a bottle at a bar. Really strong beer. The taste is a bit sweet. Not as good as I expected.
Hermod (2813) - Vantaa, FINLAND - APR 18, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
33cl bottle, vintage 2012. Mahogany color, thin white head. Toffee, malt, wood and sweetness in aroma. Toffee lingering, some alcohol stickyness, malt and some dried fruits. Long sweet finish. Slightly unbalanced and alcohol coming through too much to be enjoyable.
RexTalionis (2136) - FINLAND - APR 14, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, vintage 2012. Pours amber in color with an off-white head. Sweet brown sugar and dark
syrup in aroma. Also some dark fruits and vinous notes are present. Quite pleasant aroma
indeed. Dark syrup, malty sweetness and vinous notes in taste. Scaringly easy to drink despite
the quite high abv.
Barreras (851) - Diamond Bar, California, USA - APR 12, 2014
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a deep amber color with a caramel aroma. Taste is clean but finishes with a burn. Nice high alcohol flavor with a mellow malt flavor. The burn fades quickly, and leaves the chest with a warm tingle. A good beer for the style.
EricTeusink (634) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 7, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Had a 2011 vintage. Decent Barleywine. Pours brown with a just a tinge of red. Slight white head. Scent is hay, grass, and molasses. Despite age, hop characted still existed. Interested to see if this tastes more like a IIPA when fresh. Nice beer. Might like to do a vertical someday. Bottle - Received in Trade
xBEERxNOLA (57) - - APR 6, 2014
3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma - not much there.
Appearance - amber no head on aggressive pour.
Taste - smooth for such high ABV. Not much there for me. Drinks like a session.
Mouth - med carb
Overall - nothing like old stock reserve. Just okay.
cernjoh (43) - Ohio, USA - APR 3, 2014
4.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2014 bottle poured into a snifter. Aroma was somewhat boozy. Appearance was a clear red amber with a very small light tan head that rapidly vanished. Taste was fairly boozy with dark fruits, prunes, raisins, plums. Palate was excellent. This beer is definitely a sipper and can use some age. I have multiple years of this beer and they can be aged a number of years with great results. I highly recommend setting some aside.
arnold931 (195) - Iowa, USA - APR 3, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Hazy and amber in color. Medium thin off-white head. Nice sweetness and warming alcohol.
fitwitchik (179) - USA - APR 3, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from a bottle into a snifter a red amber color with minimal head.
Aroma is very boozy dark fruit a lot of sweetness. Caramel. Malts.
Flavor is high ABV syrupy with some clove & toffee. So delicious.
Higher carbonation but know from bottles consumed of earlier years hat this will even
Overall a rock solid Old Ale. Grateful for the ones I have tasted and even more so to lay a few of them down.