Dogfish120 (143) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - OCT 6, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle.. nose is fruity withl oads of malts and hops, Thick cloudy dark amber with a little head. Warming alch. presence but well rounded. Awesome brew.
Ygberg (143) - SWEDEN - SEP 6, 2009
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma of malt, toffe and cherrys. The apperance is nicly red with a medium head. Tha flavor is of toffe and is bitter and sweet at the same time. The beer has overall a bit to weak aroma and the alcohol i shining threw but is still a very good beer.
jstonerock24 (142) - Englewood, Ohio, USA - OCT 9, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2012 Vintage. Pours a murky brown with a very thin head. Aroma is of concord grapes, caramel malts. Flavor is sweet caramel, boozy, slight grape. Finish is toffee and rich
alberti92 (142) - - MAR 24, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2014 bottle from cellarbrations super store in hami hill. Pours murky amber with a thin disappearing head. Body is full with low carbonation. Aroma is intense. Boozyness is very evident but is slightly masked by sweet burnt sugar, toffee, nuts and dark fruits. Taste is just as complex and amazing as the aroma. A sugary sweetness begins the palate which then develops into port. The finish is slightly bitter with a very warming hit of booze at the end of the palate with flavours of dried nuts, sultanas and apricots remaining as an after taste. Great beer
bmanning (142) - Holly Springs, North Carolina, USA - NOV 7, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2004 bottle. Pours dark amber with a thin brown, quickly dissipating head. Very sweet, caramel and brown sugar aroma with a strong smell of plum jelly and black cherry. Taste is like a cross between a beer and a fine sweet red wine. Tastes of raisin, plum, caramel, toffee, with brilliant grassy and floral hopes notes and an oaky, earthy taste as well. Suberb balance between the malt and hops with a great spicy quality. It feels perfect in the mouth too. Velvety smooth, creamy, and goes down warm. An excellent beer that I will definitely have again.
bboeckl (142) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 7, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 10, 2009 2005 Bottle. Poured a medium-dark brown with a slight reddish hue. Heavy, syrupy mouthfeel. Taste was of brandy, caramel candy, malt, some dark chocolate, plum, and raisin. Both a sweet and a bitter. A complex beer, much more to be savored on a cold winter night. Tuck ’er away in the cellar, and I can only imagine MORE complexity. $10 for a four pack of 12 oz. Probably worth double! Enjoy!!!
Botnik (142) - Fall River, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 30, 2008
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2008, 12oz bottle, new label. Pours hazy dark reddish brown, thin head, low carbonation. Alcohol taste not readily apparent. Less sweet more hops than some barley wines. I’m enjoying this.
beeratarian (141) - cleveland, Ohio, USA - FEB 19, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2009 on draught at the Brew Kettle. Pours a medium reddish brown with a slight haze. Aroma is sweet dried fruit, molasses, alcohol. Taste is malty medium sweetness, smooth drinking, raisins and prune. Good solid offering but not as good as the 2008.
BelvidereIPA (140) - Belvidere, Illinois, USA - DEC 26, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2011 from a bottle to a pint glass. Pours a rich amber, almost orange. Limited, and quickly disipating head. Little fruit on the nose, with a rich, warm sweet taste. Very easy drinking for the abv.
elelwarren (140) - SF Bay area, California, USA - JAN 18, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Mahogany with lasting one-finger head. Quite lacy. Aroma of navel oranges, pineapple, & obvious alcohol. Flavor seriously sweet, becoming warmly alcoholic (a bit much, I must admit), then woody w/hops. Might need aging. Lovely mouthfeel--not too thick, and perfect, medium carbonation.