ChazyRPh (582) - Chazy, New York, USA - JAN 14, 2012
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hazy reddish brown pour with no head. Butterscotch, ethanol predominant in the nose. Smells delicious. Big slap of ethanol immediately hits you, butterscotch esters start to come through and it finishes with heavy chewy malts. A bit unbalanced, should shelve this for a while and try it again.
ROGUE (2078) - Newark, Delaware, USA - SEP 13, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle. Pours a deep amber color with very minimal head which dissipates quickly. Aroma of dark fruit and caramel that is very sweet with noticeable alcohol. Very malty, caramel and hints of raisin type flavor. Alcohol taste is strong. Mild hop bitterness. Sticky syrupy mouthfeel with a medium body and light carbonation.
Loineshawn (3002) - Massachusetts, USA - AUG 27, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle thanks to adamjackson! big sweet rumcake. sweet raisin and plummy booze dough. port. pleasant fruit character. better than expected. plummy twangy fruit and booze. touch metallic. okay. becomes quite sweet and boozy as it warms. warming at least.
Leighton (8582) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 1, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared at a ChrisO Tasting - London. This one I brought from the USA. Pours lightly hazy, glowing ruby with a fine, white foam head. Big malt aroma, hints of caramel and berries. Hefty sweet flavor with lots of ripe and semi-dark fruits, caramel, some booze, mild earthy hops and pine. Full bodied with average carbonation. Warming finish with syrupy caramel and other toasted sugars, plenty of very hot alcohol, caramel, semi-dark and ripe fruits. Not perfectly balanced. It’s OK. Pretty punchy.
Ed5388 (1219) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - MAR 24, 2013
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
12oz bottle. Pours a deep brown color with a thick head. Aroma is caramel malt and boozey, with some hop presence. Taste had a deep malty flavor and overpoweringly boozy.
blklab2007 (1775) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 15, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle poured a caramel brown in color with a little off white head. Aroma has licorice, brown sugar, vanilla, sweet perfume, and bitter floral hops. Mouth feel is medium with lower carbonation. Flavor has sweet malts, light chocolate, vanilla,light hops, medium bitterness, and some heat. Smooth for the strength and much enjoyed. Home run for otter creek!
rlgk (8445) - Skövde, SWEDEN - FEB 16, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught at Akkurat, Stockholm. Very dark brown beer with a small but lasting beige head. Malty fruity aroma, hazelnuts, caramel, raisins, prunes, chocolate, toffee, dades, roasted, chocolate, marcipan, cream, pears and grapes. Fruity flavor, dades, raisins, hazelnuts, hoppy bitterness, caramel, citrus, earthy, floral, toffee, some warming alcohol. Long nutty finish with marcipan, toffee, caramel, grapes and some earthy notes. Really good!
JStax (2336) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - FEB 9, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured from a 12 ounce bottle thanks to lukaduke. Pours a darker amber color with no head. Aroma has some caramel, roast, licorice, toasted nuts. Taste is sweet and a little musty. Alcohol comes through in the finish. Just a little burn.
RobertDale (2595) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - DEC 20, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 ounce bottle. Pours reddish brown with an average biege head. Aroma of malt, caramel, and fruit. Taste is caramel malt, dark fruit, spice, and alcohol. Decent, although on the sweet side.
rumproasts (1817) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 17, 2012
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
bottle. light brown with minimal head. very boozy alt style. definitely a sipper. not my thing.
Huhzubendah (2155) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 6, 2012
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle gifted by jayhawk73. Thanks Jeff.
The beer appears copper hued, displaying an inch and a half of dense, khaki colored head. Excellent lacing and retention. The aroma brings alcohol, malt, honey, fruity esters, spice. The flavor is sweet and strong, with prominent alcohol throughout. Fruity, boozy, raisins, dates, and just overbearing. These days, there are many fine examples of barleywine and strong ale, with high alcohol content gracefully integrated into the flavor profile. Unfortunately, this is not such a beer. It’s a bit harsh and way too sweet. This is a headache in the making. I think I’ll quit while I’m ahead. Not a repeat for me.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 12-06-2011