jdp (59) - Texas, USA - JUL 25, 2007
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2007 draft at the brewery’s restaurant in Fort Bragg on 09Jul2007. Pours a nice brown color with a nice creamy head. Smells of sweet malt, vanilla, and alcohol. Taste is of sweet malty, toasted, vanilla, caramel, Warm presence of alcohol hits then the round out of a nice (light compared to the malt) bite of hops. Finishes smooth but the alcohol becomes more aparent the more you drink. Good beer.
mcferc4 (59) - New Jersey, USA - APR 15, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at Blind Tiger Very Special Keg Night 11/19/08: Not impressed at first, as there didn’t seem to be much going on in terms of flavor. After a while, it warmed up and candy and caramel notes started popping up. Have to revisit this one for sure.
brp10 (59) - USA - DEC 3, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
First Barleywine I tried. Very good. I am excited to try a few other Barleywines.
jonhall (59) - - JUL 30, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Vintage 2012 pours deep amber. Very nice toasted malt. Noticeable alcohol but a smooth finish. This one is good. Slow sipping complexity.
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Baz7778 (58) - SCOTLAND - MAY 19, 2012
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Drinking the 2011 vintage so maybe it's a little new to fully appreciate has a warm alcohol note and little nose it's the alcohol that is the dominating part of the beer.
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seanbhudson (57) - , California, USA - FEB 10, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Review of the 2001, I was lucky to get this in a beer exchange.
Pours a dark reddish brown color with a small tan head that dissipates quickly. No noticeable lacing.
Strong smell of sweet malts and dark malts along with the heavy scent of alcohol. Rum raisin comes to mind.
Raisin and sweet malts. There are hints chocolate and it finishes with a coffee flavored bitterness. Reminds me of a raisin bran muffin. Amazingly smooth but there is a slight burn from alcohol throughout.
Full bodied beer with syrupy consistency and soft carbonation. Slight spicy pepper finish from the alcohol.
A lot smoother than I expected. If it wasn’t for the alcohol burn I could drink a lot more.
NOTES: BBCSD-0812 Geoff
monkeyman (57) - Alabama, USA - JUL 27, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
2000 bottling; mid-July 2002 tasting notes. Not very exciting. Age did not help; was big and boozy ~ mid-2000. Big alcohol burn and some vanilla notes…. why do I keep thinking “mediciney”? Sure was fun to drink though (“…take your medicine”). Oooooffff.
OberonTheifEMT (56) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - NOV 30, 2003
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2002 vintage. Wonderful mahogny color with little head to speak of. Aroma of dried fruit, undoubtedly due to the heavy malt presence. Perfect level of carbonation. Quite warming indeed. Wonderfully bitter, with an excellent rich malty finish. I bought two of these by accident, though I don't think this will be a mistake I regret
SabreSkull (56) - North Augusta, South Carolina, USA - FEB 26, 2012
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear ruby copper pour, lacing head. Cream and vanilla malt aroma and flavor. Strong ale with cinnamon, caramel and maple. Hot alcohol and a strong boozy finish. Good stuff.
rjwhite41 (55) - 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 doesn’t feel overly syrupy when drinking but it is apparent in the aftertaste. There’s 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!