Helibrewer (8) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - SEP 29, 2012 does not count
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is the commemorative release with proceeds going to tsunami relief for Ft Braggs sister city Otsuchi, Japan. Pours a rich clear red-brown in color. Thin head but persistent. Nice dark fruit flavors; raison, fig, date. Alcohol is evident on the finish. Drinks very much like a nice barleywine. This will be one of my favorite "big" beers.
mhachar (7) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 14, 2003 does not count
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours with a nice reddish color, with a tan head. The aroma is great. I can't pinpoint what it is, but if it was food I would definately eat it. Flavor is strong and unique. It has a bit of a sweet aftertaste.
alumbis (7) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - AUG 13, 2008 does not count
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sweet aroma and dark brown to amber color. Drinks smooth with a little sweetness and a fruity flavor. Not easy to tell this is an 11.6% ABV.
lanceballance (7) - USA - MAR 26, 2010 does not count
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Excellent Aroma. Smells like dough and caramel. Slight hint of alcohol on the finish. Very warming.
Tpalm (7) - Oklahoma, USA - MAY 11, 2011 does not count
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Delicious taste considering alcohol content. Minimal head. Carmel raisin taste.
OwenBytheway (6) - Washington, USA - NOV 20, 2008 does not count
4.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
2008 bottle. Very rich caramel. amd who could believe thay could brew this sweet a caramel and get away with it
Nice aroma, thick rich head dark tan head which dissapates quickly, and a very sweet hit ... which stays on the palate.
This stuff is strong, but it sure doesn’t taste that way. Just try to write a review of a single bottle ten minutes later.
This brew would bring peace at the United Nations.
Perfect for a person who says they can’t stand the taste of "beer". And iIt is that good to hard hopheads and maltoholics.
My brother got it from the brewery, and now he won’t trade back three Rasputins for one more Old Stock.
On a special day when you only want to drink one bottle, this is your date.
BeerTyrant (6) - USA - APR 1, 2008 does not count
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
07 bottle. My first barley beer, so I donít have anything to compare to. Pretty tasty, poured ruby brown with a reddish-tan head. Tasty, I can tell the complexity, but not sure what to look for.
Pretty nice though.
Quintana (5) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - SEP 8, 2005 does not count
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Sampled out of a bottle in a pint glass. Need to get a nice snifter for my barley wines/strong ales. As strong ales go, way too much alcohol in the taste. Aroma a nice hearty mix of heavy malt, raisin, spice and some fruit and a lovely dark amber color. Mouthfeel and taste too much like a smooth bourbon that brings this score way down (it is still beer after all...). Really looking forward to this one and a bit let down by the harsh flavor of overpowering alcohol that dominated what cold have been a sublte boquet of goodness.
StuPreston (5) - Arizona, USA - JUL 16, 2011 does not count
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma: very subtle, lots of alcohol in that smell
Appearance: rich red color, small head
Taste: very port; strong
Palate: holds its character; malty
Overall: wonderful, strong, classy beer
Fishhead93 (5) - USA - SEP 26, 2009 does not count
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2009 Bottle- A minimal head upon the pour, reddish brown to black like a fine tanned leather. Big mouthful of flavor swirling around my tongue, with caramel overtones. Malty, slightly sweet with a bang of alcohol upon swallowing. Hops come through after your mouth recovers. Very soft while in your mouth, then a bite which mellows as your mouth recovers. I have to save some of these and rate over time... Definately a beer that should age well.