bw1982 (113) - , Arizona, USA - JUN 19, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, 2008 vintage. I was trying to hold off, but I decided it was time to break one of these open. The color is a sort of dark copper, there is basically no head, but the few bubbles present were off-white. Aromas are pretty sweet, lots of barley and some malt. Flavor is overall sweet, but finishes with a really nice sweet/bitter balance. The bitters in this beer are surprisingly smooth. ABV is hidden pretty well, very smooth drinking beer for something with this power. I loved this beer.
ibeerlove (113) - Colorado, USA - DEC 31, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2010 version appearance is a medium brown with a bubbly off white head aroma is raisin/ grape like and similiar to a quadrupel with a little bit of coffee slight alcohol aroma and some plum as well first taste is coffee then goes to a almost tart flavor then sweet raisin/grape and finishes pretty dry alcohol flavor reminding you of the eleven percent it is, a complex beer full of flavor, im really going to try my hardest to hold on to one of these for a year and see how it is, but right now that is looking grimm haha
5lickv1c (113) - DENMARK - NOV 2, 2013
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: NOV 3, 2013 Bottle. Strong ale with a lot of flavor. Quite boozy, kind of like an English version of a quadruple. Too sweet though and not too balanced.
birderbeerer (112) - Virginia, USA - FEB 22, 2011
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2009 Old Stock, drinking 2/22/11
Beautiful looking beer. Deep mahogany with a three-finger, off-white, thick head. Excellent lacing.
Smells super sweet. Definite alcohol presence but also some overripe apples and pears. Interesting but the booze drowns out the nicer aromas.
Tastes very sweet as well. Almost too sweet in that thereís no offsetting balance in hops or weight. Definitely high alcohol. Caramel and the overripe apples and pears again.
Drinks well but slowly. Overall, a good strong ale but nothing to rave about.
FlyingTaco (112) - Massachusetts, USA - JUL 9, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Original review date 8/18/2008...
Big, bready pillowy 1-finger yeasty head with nice seam, a thick cling to the glass and staying power. Wood-colored body... a split between mahogany hue and cherry darkness - a deep chestnut color? Ample carbonation.
Oooh...some bourbon, vanilla, alcohol - apples, cinnamon and raising with brown sugar. Smells like dessert.
Powerful stuff. Raisins, figs and deep dark caramel malt - a little coffee and some slight earth. Runs very hot from the alcohol - itís great but use warmth to calm it down.
Nice feel - a little astringent from alcohol - itís good nonetheless. Burns like a good single-barrel bourbon.
This needs time but itís good nonetheless - easy to drink for style but a nice sipper.
extremeicon (112) - Wichita, Kansas, USA - SEP 23, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Carmelly orange color with a small whitish head. Aroma shows a lot of alcohol with some very sweet, fruity notes and a bit of floral hops. Lots of sour orange juice flavor mixed with alcohol with hops present mainly in the finish. Syrupy but a little thin on the palate.
jbak (111) - Torrington, Connecticut, USA - MAR 14, 2006
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2005 bottle. Pours a nice deep reddish amber color, slightly cloudy. Medium tan head that dissipates quickly into a constant thin head with very little lacing at all. Aroma is quite oaky with a bit of alcohol and a little raisin and prune.as well Very smooth up front, just a bit of sweet malt. The carbonation is noticable in the mouth feel, leading to a nice silky body. The aftertaste is got quite a an alcohol bite, leaves you puckering a bit even if it finishes quickly, seems a bit young but this got better as it warmed as well. Not much of an alcohol burn, just a twang and then it was gone.
loseratheart (110) - USA - JAN 11, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very sweet aroma,malt and alcohol . Amber red color light brown head. Very thick palate almost chewy. Taste matches the aroma. Very sweet, lots of malt and alcohol reminds me more of a dopple bock then a barly wine. A very nice beer. Iíll have to try this vintage again in a year or two and see how it ages.
DKTN (110) - Mc Donald, Tennessee, USA - JAN 8, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Ruby colored, no head to speak of. Malty aroma. Thick, full mouthfeel with almost no hops. Clean finish. A nice warmer.
BrewCzar (108) - St Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 21, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Vintage 2006 bottle (11.6%) pours thick hazy amber with a quickly dissipating tan head. Sweet aromas of caramel, butterscotch, malts, and raisins. Smooth palate consisting of sweet malts, caramel, and bourbon/scotch. Great easy to drink barley wine character.