ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - JAN 22, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Reviewed 12/29/2012.12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a very dark brown color with low clarity and even a bit of opacity. The head is impressive for damn near 12% - a one finger light mocha color with a pretty texture and excellent retention for the gravity. Good lacing, too.
S: Very forward in sweet caramel, brown sugar, chocolate, and molasses. The booze that comes through almost has a bourbon character to it which I find to be very pleasing.
T: Wow, this is sweet, just as I expected. The usual suspects - brown sugar, caramel, molasses, chocolate, and toffee - all appear vibrant on the initial taste. I can notice earthen malts/hops and a more expressive note of vinous sourness on the midtaste, which not only dries out the huge sweetness, but does a good job, too. Finish is a hybrid of dark fruits, vanilla, leather and bourbon-esque booziness, though every so often it will shift from being like bourbon to being port-like (less vanilla and more raisin and grape). With a bit more tannin presence, this could almost pass for a BA brew at times. Overall complexity is subtle instead of forceful; the latter could have just as easily killed this one, and Iím glad it didnít. Not super drinkable, but wonderful to savor.
M: I think the carbonation could be a little less forceful (not necessarily weaker, though) This is actually fairly clean and dry at first, but becomes a little more oily and lingering after a few sips. A bit airy and insubstantial; itís not as decadent as I would have liked, and doesnít quite do the flavor profile justice. Still, this is less harsh than it could have been - but I think a year in the cellar would do it wonders.
O: Better than I expected. Itís actually pretty damn drinkable right now! If the mouthfeel was beefed up some, this really could have been something unbelievable. As it stands, itís still an excellent old ale. Seemingly lacking in frills, it instead chooses to sneak up on the palate with a wonderful - if not readily apparent at first - depth of flavor and complexity. Wish I bought more than a single...
partywithanM (86) - 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 (1635) - 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 (438) - 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 (1522) - 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 (2038) - 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 (218) - 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 (226) - 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 (843) - 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.
keanex (1232) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - MAR 1, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance: The body is a mildly murky amber to garnet with a dense light tan head. The head quickly forms a dense coating.
Aroma: The aroma leans a little fruity with hints of oak, odd since ití snot oak aged. Earthy tones poke through the fruitiness along with a dash of caramel. The aroma smells okay, but isnít very aromatic.
Taste: The flavor is big and malty with subtle fruity esters. Big brown sugar and molasses along with caramel make a big malt base with a slight spiciness overlying with fig. Big and easy to drink, this only hints at alcohol on the finish.
Palate: Full-bodied, near thick, with light carbonation.
Overall: Despite my rating, I have a lot of respect for this beer. Itís one of the few beers Iíd ever want to age a bunch of while still tasting good fresh. This could certainly use a few months in the cellar, but it drinks nicely now.
zoucrew102 (348) - - MAR 1, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 7, 2014 Bottle, 2013 vintage, cellared about 1 year. Rich dark fruit aroma with a little bit of booze. Pours copper colored with a thin light brown head and some lacing. Sweet dark fruit flavors as well as some caramel malt to start. Finishes smooth with just a bit of booziness. Very good, probably even better if aged longer.
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