flatmatt (1487) - Northville, Michigan, USA - OCT 6, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle, apparently bottled January 25 or 26, 2016. Pours copper with many fine to small particles, off-white head. Aroma is oxidized, sticky molasses, caramelly malt, plum, oaky. Flavor is molasses, somewhat oxidized caramel malt, plum and raisin, kind of an oaky edge. Pretty tasty overall.
justkoehn (114) - Michigan, USA - SEP 15, 2016
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Raisin aroma with medium lacing. Burnt caramel color with reddish tint. Sweet on the tongue with strong alcohol finish.
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jtclockwork (14999) - , New Jersey, USA - SEP 8, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle - pours caramel brown tan head - nose/taste of bourbon, toffee, dark fruit, cognac and oak - full body
andyhwcinc (1854) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 6, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Purchased at Siciliano’s Specialty Market in Grand Rapids, MI; enjoyed at home on a hot night after running quite a bit. Appearance is ruby red with a moderate light tan head. Aroma is pretty complex, sweet, malty, with notes of bourbon and hard alcohol, light caramel and vanilla. Taste is very good, very rich and potent, dark fruit / plum notes, light piney hops, lots going on. Good stuff!
Mark_Eck (1921) - - JUL 10, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a dark reddish brown. Aroma and taste are lots of caramel, dark fruits, and alcohol.
Art (3154) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 8, 2016
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
Tasted in line at dld2016. Pours a clearish golden yellow. That’s about all the good I can say. Literally tastes like old beer and vomit. Quite gross.
BuckeyeBoy (6153) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 11, 2016
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle thanks to darrel. pours out a cloudy amberish brown topped with a small head. nose is light bourbon barrel some vanilla and a sweet caramel malt. taste is more of the light bourbon barrel notes vanilla toffee and caramel sweetness.
superspak (4754) - Michigan, USA - MAR 20, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 1/25/2016. Pours moderately hazy/cloudy dark ruby red color with a 1 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big caramel, toffee, brown sugar, toasted brown bread, raisin, plum, fig, pear, melon, apple, grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, light pepper, pine, vanilla, oak, light bourbon, and oak/toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt, bourbon/cognac barrel, and citrus/pine hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big caramel, toffee, brown sugar, toasted brown bread, raisin, plum, fig, pear, melon, apple, grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, light pepper, pine, vanilla, oak, light bourbon, and oak/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate pine bitterness and oak spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toffee, brown sugar, toasted brown bread, raisin, plum, fig, pear, melon, apple, grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, vanilla, oak, and oak/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt, bourbon/cognac barrel, and citrus/pine hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light dryness from bitterness that increases through the glass. Light-medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, creamy/bready, and fairly slick/sticky balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is a very nice barrel aged American barleywine style. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt, bourbon/cognac barrel, and citrus/pine hop flavors; and very smooth and easy to sip on for the big ABV. This is definitely more dominated by fruity cognac than bourbon barrel presence; but I really liked it for that unique factor as well. A very enjoyable offering.
Homer321 (4318) - Melboring, Florida, USA - MAR 18, 2016
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Brandon. Nose is moderate booziness. Light caramel. Pour is murky red with small head. Taste follows with a lot of caramel and always finishes with alcohol warning in the chest. Ok.
Mr_Abner (338) - Michigan, USA - MAR 14, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a murky brown color with a small, dirty cream-colored head. Aromas of barrel, vanilla, some sweetness, slight alcohol. No real bourbon aromas, but some cognac barrel is noticeable (sweeter). Taste has a moderate sweetness with an assertive bitterness that quickly takes over and lingers. Average carbonation; medium+ to full bodied; a bit oily. Long, bitter, and drying finish.