PhillyHomeBrew (176) - Forest Hills, New York, USA - APR 24, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
raisiny aroma with a little bit of a boozy smell. There is also an acidity aroma, maybe grapefruit. There is a bit of a metallic flavor, but that is overcome by the yeasty flavor and a barleywine flavor.
kmyers8807 (176) - Ohio, USA - SEP 6, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. found some 2007 at the store and decided to give it a try. Oak and vanilla flavors are extremely balanced, seems to be almost perfect. Very surprised to how well this is drinking.
ffbot (175) - Oakland, California, USA - NOV 17, 2015
4.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Dark red brown in color, extremely minimal carbonation, tiny white circle of bubbles throughout. Smell of wood, cask, berries and fresh bread, wheat and clove. Taste is hugely wood, medium sweetness, complex balance of sweet and bitter, definitely one to savor.
Fulkrum78 (175) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 27, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I tried this in a bottle in Atlanta. Very good stuff though a little on the sweet side. Very drinkinable, but definitel notes of the acohol in it as you would expect with this big of a beer. Iíd get more of it if I could!
FLnative80 (174) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 21, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. 2006. 12 FL. OZ. Pours very brown with a hint of red and very little head that eventually disappears. No lacing either. Aromas of raisin and butterscotch. Fairly full-bodied with very little carbonation. Flavor is smooth and sweet with a long finish. Although you can tell its in there, this beer hides its 13.25% well.
theviolet (174) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 4, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2006 bottle. Aroma of alcohol, oranges, and malt. Not overwhelming at all. Dark reddish brown that is translucent. Poured with a decent sized light tan foamy head that quickly dissipated to leave only a slight ring. Tastes of sweet alcohol with lots of warming. Also I can taste otanges and hops in the finish. Very sweet. Almost too much malt and stickiness, I donít like the taste that much, but can appreciate some of itís qualities. Very sticky and sweet on the palate. Not bad, not a style I love, but decent beer.
beerstop (173) - Roanoke, Virginia, USA - JAN 27, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2003 Strong alcohol presence, nice balance between the malt and bitterness. Worth trying again.
Loddeer (171) - USA - OCT 16, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: NOV 19, 2004 Damn! Now weíre talking. First off I did not check the alcohol content until after I drank this. I was stunned when I saw this was 11.4%. I never even noticed since I was really blown away by how smooth, gentle, and warming this ale was. It has incredible depth and really has one of the best sweet malt tastes I have had. I feel this blows away Old Rasputin. Also, it has great smell and apperance. An excellent choice, I am extremely pleased, this was an awesome ale.
Keil (171) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 10, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2010: Aroma is fruity, boozy, some notes of leather. Pours a dark brown. Taste is malty and sweet with a strong alcohol finish. Not too bitter. Fruity yeast notes and malty sweetness dominate this one. Taste that leathery-tobacco leaf.
2011: Barely no nose. Faint fruit notes. Pours a transparent dark brown. Taste is much sweeter, much more intense. Lots of booze and heat. Notes of leather again. Much more bitter this time around. Really strong alcohol finish. Not the same roundness as the 2010, malt backbone isnít as strongly supported.
porterdude (170) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - AUG 2, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2004 bottle. Pours a deep auburn color. Smells of fermented fruit, figs, alcohol, some hops. Tastes rather sweet and fruity for such a high alcohol beer. Rather enjoyable and warming. A cloying mouthfeel that left a little burn on the tounge.