kingstoni (1334) - FINLAND - MAR 21, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Hazy amber color with a medium thin off-white head. Aroma of cherry, vanilla, oak and berries. Sour and bitter taste with some sweetness. Medium body. Bitter and sweet finish with some warming alcohol.
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gendv138 (336) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - MAR 20, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft (2014) at ChurchKey poured into a tasting snifter. Pours a ruby/amber color with a finger of off-white head. Aromas of caramel, dark fruit, vanilla, dark chocolate. Tasting notes of dark fruit, dark chocolate, sweet malt, light hops, caramel, light vanilla. Medium body with a dry and slightly warm finish. Low carbonation. Fairly smooth for the ABV.
partywithanM (98) - Kansas City, Kansas, USA - MAR 15, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle. Itís got a good warming feel. Flavors of dark fruit and chocolate malt. Everything this brewery puts out is good.
stevoj (1701) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAR 15, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
2014 edition. Heavy malt aroma, touches of dried fruit, wood and peat. Alcohol even burns the nose slightly. Dark brown/ruby with thin but tight beige head. Taste is more malt, oak barrel, plums. silky mouthfeel and lots of alcohol warmth. Smooth finish.
fiercepanda (446) - Missouri, USA - MAR 15, 2014
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
A clear reddish brown beer with a small off-white head. The aroma is caramel with a nice dose of tropical fruit. The flavor is fruity and bready with the alcohol being pretty noticeable.
tcane7 (1576) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 14, 2014
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
2011 bottle. Pours a deep murky reddish brown with diminishing beige head and no lace. Aroma vanilla,toffee, brandy, figs. Medium body, slightly watery. Crazy smooth for the abv.
kaser (2095) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 13, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Crazy plum and tart flavor. Fruity. Dark amber color with white head that quickly dissapates. Very jammy and thick. Tons going on with the flavor. Not bad for a barleywine. Draft at Jerry's
Doghair (241) - Illinois, USA - MAR 8, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
2011 vintage - Sort of a rusty cloudy brown, no foam. Caramel, dark fruits and some orange peel in the aroma. Taste is big caramel, dark fruits, coffee and a little citrus. The heavy mouthfeel helps the flavors linger. After a few years most of the alcohol taste has mellowed. Excellent beer.
JustDrinkIt (241) - Arizona, USA - MAR 5, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Murky brown pour with quickly fading tan head. Aroma of raisins sweet malts, fig. Flavor is more of the aroma, dates, brown sugar, alcohol, caramel, toffee. This is unlike what I expected and awesome.
rangerred (860) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - MAR 2, 2014
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle int a pint glass.
Pours a hazy dark brown with just a tiny wispy head. Not really any lacing but there is a thin ring around the edge of the glass.
Aroma is quite sweet with caramel, toffee, and figs. There is a slight sherry/oxidized note about it as well.
Taste is extremely sweet right off the bat. Caramel is huge and just seems to overwhelm any other flavors that might be present. I can also tell this one has oxidized over time. Sherry flavors are present and there is a bit of a port like quality. Sweet throughout with a very sticky, almost cloying, finish.
Overall, I was really hoping this would be an awesome experience with this beer having so much age but it is just too sweet. A bit one dimensional as well. I may need to seek out a fresh example sometime.