sebletitje (7261) - Enghien, BELGIUM - APR 22, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
tap @ OTH
pours dark brown/mahogany with off-white head.
aroma of dark fruits, dark sugar, caramel malts, the booze overpowers the aroma, rather disappointing.
flavors, warming abv, thick mouthfeel of dark fruits, some bitter hops, pale and caramel malts, yeasty.
dark sugar? got a bunch of dark fruits; grape, currants, and possibly hint of vanilla adding to the sweetness.
I think this would be a great beer if it wasn’t that boozy.
bb (7255) - Alamo, California, USA - JUL 20, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Rich amber beer with a cream colored head. Malt and earthy aroma. Malt and honey flavor with light earth. Medium bodied. Honey and malt lingers with light earth and backing hops.
marcus (7235) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUL 17, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Good Foods. Pours dark copper with a modest tan head and a toffee aroma. There is a slightly harsh treacle flavor with a hint of candi sugar and a bitter finish. It’s a hearty brew, but the taste is not partucularly pleasant.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - SEP 10, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Pours a transparent deep copper amber with a thin, spotty-lacing off-white head. Has a sweet toasty caramel and toffee nose with some light fruity complexity and a doughy yeast. Starts with good fullness and chewy caramel sweetness with a decent hop bitterness and a touch of oak before a drier, bittersweet finish. Pretty true to style and fairly drinkable barleywine.
douglas88 (6844) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 13, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 ounce bottle thanks to someone at the Christmas tasting. I stole this bottle basically- thanks to someone. A light reddish brown color with a tan head. The aroma and flavor is rich caramel, earthy, hot, some smoke, interesting.
blipp (6663) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - MAY 18, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours amber brown with an off white head. Oaky aroma with some toffee sweetness and a hint of hops. The flavor has woody oak up front, toffee/caramel malt sweetness, and some late floral hop bitterness. It seems like the base beer was closer to an american-style barleywine, as opposed to an "imperial brown ale" as the bottle suggests, but hey, they brewed the damn thing, what the hell do I know. Pretty good.
drowland (6635) - Georgia, USA - AUG 31, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
8/27/10. Bomber. Big thanks to Byron at Liquor Loft/Proof for sharing with the crew! Brown pour, mostly red when held to the light. Sweet roasty aroma with a hint of booze. Sweet bitter roasty flavor with a dose of astrigent bitterness. The finish is very burnt bitter. Eh.
slowrunner77 (6634) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 4, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
"still expecting more from RH’s limited series. Not sure why. This was pretty standard beer...nothing deserving of a special release. nice looking. dominated by muddled sweet malt and too much brown sugar. the honey makes an appearance as do the bitter hops, but a bit too late. an average beer that costs more than many great ones."
alexsdad06 (6623) - Ohio, USA - JAN 20, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz. bottle shared by Tmoney99. Pours a clear copper color with a small off white ring. The aroma has dark fruits, sweet caramel malt, vanilla and some alcohol. The flavor has sweet caramel, vanilla, woody, with a moderate bitterness. Finish is on the dry side, woody and somewhat bitter. This was a bit better than expected.
Radek Kliber (6589) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - JUN 28, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 650 ml
Aroma mineral hop feel with malty nose , touch of brown malts. Good.
Appearance clear dark amber with medium dark beige top. Some lace. 3+
Flavor and Palate : Full bodied. Plenty of malts in here. Oily body , caramel with slight hints of alcohol. Neat strong brew. Good as sipper.