tarc (47) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 4, 2008
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2006 - The amorma was of sweet malt and fruit. The appearance was dark brown, tinit of red that was slightly cloudy with a minimal head. Flavor was stong of molasses, wine-like and sweet. I could taste the alcohol but found it perfect. Excellent!
theaudist (46) - Alabama, USA - MAY 26, 2010
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Such a great beer, I donít even know what to say about it. The flavors combine to almost taste like a portobello mushroom (Odd, but thats what I taste). A toffee taste dominates throughout in this expert barley wine. Just exceptional. My all time favorite beer thus far.
soulrefugee (46) - Illinois, USA - NOV 17, 2005
4.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Mmmmmmmm, good. This one is distinctive, and it also has a real nice kick! Rich, malty. and sweet, but not in a cheap or brash way. Kind of like a barleywine, but not quite as sweet as I remember the barleywine at the pub of the hotel where I stayed in England, but. I consider this brew just as classy and enjoyable to drink as whatever it was I drank those nights across the pond. This is about twice as strong in alcohol as the average beer or ale, but the alcohol taste is well integrated in a pleasant way with the wonderful flavor of the drink.
ironprog (43) - - JAN 10, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz. bottle. 2012 edition. Pours a cloudy, deep amber, with an off-white, tight head that dissipates moderately. Aromas of milk-chocolate, caramel, fruit (maybe fig?), and vanilla. Taste is sweet with flavors of caramel, vanilla, and just a hint of black-cherry. Full-bodied with a thick, creamy texture. Carbonation is average. Finish is smooth and sweet. Overall, I really like this beer. Although, as it warms up it gets sweeter. By the time it reaches room temperature it is almost cloyingly sweet. However, straight out of the fridge is a little too cold and you donít get all the subtleties. So i suggest letting it warm up for 5 minutes before indulging.
beerbumble (42) - Reno, Nevada, USA - FEB 28, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very strong, but still tastes great. Good color. Very little head. Very good beer. Fun to drink also.
tapIluv99 (41) - Plano, Texas, USA - MAR 23, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
You have to acquire a taste for these barely wines...I will have too. Not much head, very sweet flavors, nice deep color, an heavy alcohol punch.
radioscooter (41) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 9, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
No knowledge of this one, just bought it on a whim at VE.
Poured into a pint glass. Medium pour achieves a thick, one finger head that dissipates rather quickly leaving drapey lacing behind. Medium reddish amber.
Smell is unimpressive. Musty, formaldehydish.
Taste. First sip is nothing but sweet booze and caramel. Malty goodness. Hints of vanilla, toffee, burnt sugar etc. VERY boozy. Hot and spicy, with a peppery finish. Great example of the style from an American brewery no less.
SIPPER. Take heed.
This one should be laid down for a few years to lose the extreme spikes and blend into something much more balanced.
I bet this one turns out to be a star in a few years.
rjwhite41 (40) - osceola, Iowa, USA - MAR 30, 2012
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
12 oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass. 2012 Vintage so this will be a young tasting. Pours clear dark ruby red mahogany with a one finger off white head that quickly dissipates. Aroma of fruits pear, a little apple, fresh baked bread, alcohol, caramel, a little grassy and a little woody. Nice complex flavor profile. Starts with your usual prune and raisin combo, moves through to fresh ripe green fruit, some caramel sweetness and some breadiness. The alcohol is very apparent but not necessarily in a bad way. The finish lingers for ages and coats your mouth like a syrup. It doesnít feel overly syrupy when drinking but it is apparent in the aftertaste. Thereís a bitterness to balance it all out. Seems less hoppy than a young Bigfoot, at least on the nose, and seems more true to the style to me. Very tasty beer. Now I need to cellar some!
maus10 (40) - Arkansas, USA - SEP 28, 2012
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I had this beer at 28 Springs in Siloam Springs, AR. 2012 vintage, served at 55 degrees, from a bottle in a tulip. This beer has an incredible aroma. Maybe a better aroma than taste, but the taste is fantastic as well. Bready and hints of caramel and fruits. Loved it!
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wineandbrew (40) - Steilacoom, Washington, USA - NOV 4, 2006
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 24, 2009 Bought @ Jakes bar and bistro. adding to a past post, drinkin a bottle from 2007 and it is, oh so good!! now back to original post... This beer is sssooo different from last year!?! Last year it became a wonderful beer after 2 months, this year this is like a thurobread horse, right out of the gate this beer is ready! the nose is somewhat elusive giving some sort of honeydew melon meets maple sugar thing, that leads into a real treat! The mouthfeel gets fizzy when held in the mouth for too long, but over-all has a nice carbonation. The flavor stays the course of the nose, some sort of melon meets maple syrup with some sort of spice, but in a GREAT way! 13.25% I just canít see (until it hits me upside the head!). All in all this beer rocks! Just drink in moderation!!