Ando (105) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - APR 8, 2008
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
*did not mind, would not buy this year*
smell: spiced rum! sweet malts, caramel.
app: ruby garnet lovely magic!
flavor: nice sweet, yummy, but a bit harsh, some chemical in the booze flavor. this is more enjoyable than drinking a rum and a bit more smooth. and full. but it is on par with strength of a rum. like most booze the more you sip the less it hurts and the flavor starts to poke out. this year all n all is a bit harsh for me, i wish it was listed as a different beer.. oh well.
palate: fine, it lacks luxury.
OA: great beer usually, needs lots of age.. which is annoying. this year is not my favorite.
Snoop59 (105) - Penn Run, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 28, 2010
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
2010 vintage. 12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter. Appearance is an opaque amber-brown color with a foamy tan head that dissipates quickly to a thin ring. Minimal to no lacing. Big, malty aroma. Sweet, caramel, molasses, raisins, and slight alcohol. Taste is a bold, malty sweetness of caramel, molasses, and dark fruits. Nice grassy hop flavor in the finish. Mildly warming. Medium-full body. Low carbonation. Short, sweet finish.
GTCruiser01 (105) - California, USA - FEB 27, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Red, dark amber with a thin off-white head that melts away quickly. The aroma is quite strong - nuttiness, sweet fruit, alcohol, and even an extremely sweet red licorice aroma are all present. Flavor is a bit strong on the alcohol, maltiness present but somewhat overtaken. There is little bitterness - just a hint of hops - very nicely balan
Chef Chad (104) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - AUG 14, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
2009... I feel that this beer is actually ready now. I felt it was mellow and not hot on the end at all
Smells of malt, sugar, plums, oak, vanilla and carmel. Pours a reddish brown with some head. Fantastic balance and carbonation with a very smooth and pleasant finish. Flavor was intense but mellow at the same time. Some stone fruit tone, plum and raisin, brown sugar some oak and vanilla going on here.. Nice Brew.. I had 2008 and 2007 but never rated them...
mcbeyond (104) - Newport Beach, California, USA - FEB 17, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very cloudy coffee color. Maple syrup, basement aromas, apple and toffee. Great finish.
mbeem (104) - New Hope, Alabama, USA - NOV 27, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A very good, very well-rounded brew! Poured a cloudy ruddy orangish color with just a wisp of white head across the top. Nose of fermented sweet fruits, nuts and caramel. Wine-like and sweet that could become over powering were it mot for the balancing bitter that rounds the drink out nicely. Hints of warm alcohol in the finish. Very good.
May get another and let it age a year or two to see how it is.
GoBlue (104) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - FEB 17, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
2002 vintage. Cloudy reddish brown in color with very thin head that dissapates quickly. Aroma is malty sweet with a hint of toffee and just a slight mustiness. Rich and malty with lots of alcohol. Sharp bitterness that gives a radish-like flavor (that’s a first, never had that before!) just a little bit of roastiness in the finish. Alcohol the predominant flavor, and also thins the body. The radish thing is just weird though.
brew4all (103) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAY 15, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear reddish brown pour with a thick off white head. Fruit and malt in the aroma. Tasted complex with sweet fruits and caramels. Finished with a lasting alcohol and malt feel.
kabsetter (103) - Tampa, Florida, USA - AUG 5, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2011 bottle poured in a snifter: Aroma initally yeast, but as warms a bit becomes nice brown sugar. Yet its not sweet to taste, well balanced and Much more carbonation than you would expect from such a big beer. Found the 2011 a little sharp yet, but bought more to cellar and expect it will grow much better over the years. Nice barley wine here.
burtonbaton930 (103) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 14, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a brilliant ruby red color with no head to speak of. Aroma is of dark cherries, dark fruits, and alcohol. Taste is phenomenal!!!! Delicious notes of caramel, vanilla, cherries, and alcohol heat. The palate is so smooth with great carbonation. And absolute must have!! Cheers