Ernesto987 (2372) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 17, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Rich and caramelly, toffee notes, thick body, it’s good. Thanks pretty things
FlacoAlto (3450) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAY 14, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A vigorous pour into my New Belgium tulip produces a two finger thick, pale amber tinged, tan colored head; this leave some nice, light lacing as I work my way through this beer. The beer is a rich, concentrated, not quite burnt, amber color that shows a brilliantly clear, deep ruby stained, bright amber color when held up to the light. The aroma smells of concentrated, caramelized, nutty, sweet malt. Concentrated fruit aromatics (raisins, some prune notes, perhaps some date character, and a bright currant aroma), touches of roasted malt, cherry soaked, brown sugar encrusted cake, as well as a brandy like fruit character; interestingly enough, this last does not smell like alcohol very much, this beer actually manages to hide the 13+% ABV quite well in the nose.
Fairly sweet, dense, with a lingering toasted, nutty, roasted malt character to it in the finish. The roast character does a good job of cleaning the sweet, concentrated malt from the palate in between sips. The alcohol adds a bit of a solvent like note to the flavor in the finish, though it is not always noticeable. Fruit flavors of cherry up front are followed by rum soaked raisin notes, touches of fig / prune, and some roasted date flavors. The roast character here was a bit surprising, it doesn’t put it anywhere in to the range of being a Stout, or even a Porter, but it definitely contributes quite a bit to the flavor here. As the beer warms up it gets a bit sweeter, but the complexity of the nut notes become a bit more characterful; hazelnut, perhaps a touch of roasted almond, and almost a buttery, toasted nut character are each present as the beer warms up.
A little stronger than I prefer in a beer, it hides it pretty well, and some substantial age should mellow this out considerably; at this strength, this beer will age for quite some time. Having said that, this beer is quite tasty now; I am really digging the malt focus here, the hops are almost imperceptible, only enough to add a hint of herbal and bitter edge to keep the malt from becoming overwhelming. With the alcohol at times noticeable in the flavor, the beer goes between being sublimely malty, and a bit to solvent like depending on the vagaries of each sip; actually best in small sips, as this helps to temper the alcohol a bit.
UncleJ (6) - - MAY 7, 2013 does not count
2.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
From a brewery where almost everything is excellent this rendition of an American barley wine is the one weak spot in the lineup. Cloyingly sweet, uncomfortable and unbalanced alcohol heat, hops bitterness that lacks any flavor other than an astringent bitterness.
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Benzai (4344) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - APR 29, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to Joes @ QDT 13. Deep bordeaux red color, small to medium sized beige head. Smell malts, lightly alcohol, some sweetness and lightly dried fruits. Taste malts, some sweetness, warming alcohol, dried fruits. Rich taste, full body, medium carbonation.
DutchDrebus (2274) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - APR 29, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ #Bexit tasting thx to joes. Copper colour with a small off white head. Smells sweet, malty, some hops. Tastes hoppy, sweet, quite heavy but nice. Great taste. Full body, soft carbo.
anders37 (12738) - Malmö, SWEDEN - APR 18, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a dark amber color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty spicy caramel aroma. Fruity malty caramel flavor with weak hoppy hints. Has a sweetish malty spicy caramel finish.
Jndubbs (106) - West Des Moines, IA, Iowa, USA - APR 13, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Really bright amber color. Smooth floral flavor with a biting aftertaste. Grew on me. Ended up being pretty good
boozedude (1004) - Des Moines, Iowa, USA - APR 13, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared with friends at cheese shop ..clear brown pour with brown head..nutty aroma..awesome
Majin (189) - West Des Moines, Iowa, USA - APR 13, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Served in a wine glass. Sweet taste, Carmel color, looks great and tastes great for 13.5%!!!! Damn good
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argo0 (10388) - Washington DC, USA - APR 12, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle. Large off-white head atop hazy copper body with dead yeasties on the glass bottom. Aroma is moderately sweet, raisin, bittersweet/milk chocolate, light banana. Taste is sweet, milk chocolate, raisin, some bittersweet chocolate, light orange/banana, cherry. Smooth full body, alcohol not overpowering despite the ABV.