DrnkMcDermott (2738) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - MAR 22, 2013
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft at Standard Market. 10 oz. glass for $6. A deep, cloudy, murky brown. Lacy, thin strings of foam. Smell is rather light; no heady alcohol. A bit of fruity ester. BUT the taste is indeed big. Thick mouthfeel like a raisin syrup with a slight bit of cherry. Rum is very much in evidence, but hovers in the background. Despite the warming alcohol and thick mouthfeel, itís not overbearing. Hops only serve to offset the sweetness, unlike a Bigfoot. A lot like a sherry, with a little rum to the rear. The 10 ounces is quite more than enough, thank you. So hard to do more than just sip this wonder.
Dogbrick (7145) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 22, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample at the Blarney Wine tasting on 03/16/2013: The beer pours a hazy mahogany color with a medium off-white head that recedes steadily. Partial rings of lacing on the glass. Boozy aroma with malt and vanilla notes. Full, syrupy body with flavors of earthy malt, rum and wood. The finish is sweet with a rum and oak aftertaste. Pretty good overall.
BeerSquare (115) - - MAR 21, 2013
2.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Like so many revolution beers, I feel like I really should like it. . . and I donít like it nearly that much.
This one is all barleywine, from the first overpowering sniff, and like any good barleywine I do expect it to slap me around a bit.
But this one does the slapping in a kind of unrefined, syrupy manner. It really is just too sweet and syrupy-- both in flavor and texture.
I suppose the rum is whatís supposed to balance out all this fruity, syrupy sweetness. . . but itís not working for me. I like a high alcohol brew and generally donít blink till they get north of 10% . . but this one just has too much alcohol taste for me.
So, itís ok, but whereas every year I will continue to look forward to Bigfoot. . . this one I could miss.
crossovert (6146) - Illinois, USA - MAR 20, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
650bl bottle purchased at he recommendation of my boss. Pour is a brownish red, not the most inviting beer in appearance. Smell is rum, pears, oak, caramel, and perfumey booze. Flavor is more of the same. A super-malty barleywine with a boozy, oaky rum tone. I like it as a sweet beer. Burning alcoholic palate which I like.
jbickus (16) - Illinois, USA - MAR 10, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Smell is of rum, sweet candy, sugarey. The taste is like you are drinking a beer straight out of a mango. Very sweet, fruity, almost like a Parrot Bay Rum. Palatte is fairly smooth, with a syrupy mouthfeel. Really interesting and different.
deyholla (5917) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - MAR 10, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to Sarah! Pours a near clear deep amber brown with a grayish brown head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has caramel, toffee and sweet grains backed by a nice rum note. Flavor has a nice combination of caramel, toffee and rum/oak backed by sweet grains.
BBB63 (5701) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAR 10, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Kedzie Brewery, snifter: Beautiful mahogany hue leading towards a bright amber bottom, small creamy head and good lace. The aroma has notes of brown sugar, rum, honeydew, plum, wood, earthy yeast and a slight peppery edge. The taste is very BA Barleywine-ish with heavy dark fruits and sugars rounded out by earthy and oak notes. Moderate rum character but overly sweet nor cloy. Alcohol helps cleanse the palate which is oily and has a warming finish. This is very nice, good sipping beer.
pantanap (3340) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 9, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Taster pour also had during their anniversary party... Pours a semi-transparent mostly hazy coppery amber hue and topped with a lighter shade of beige, gently reducing down to a wispy film...aroma of dark fruit vanilla coconut and boozy spirit. Sweet and boozy but generally nice and satisfying. ... Flavors are nice albeit pretty warming and boozy with an emphasis with dark fruit, banana, and a coconut vanilla-ey barrel presence where the rum adds a bit of a dark fruity essence. Semi-prickly carbonation with a somewhat fuller body overall. The flavor profile is enjoyable but its a bit in your face for the most part. A sipper but a nice one at that.
jcartamdg (1602) - Spring Hill, Florida, USA - MAR 7, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a caramel brown with no head. Aroma of caramel, vanilla and honey. So sweet, rum and vanilla. Medium body really nice.
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SudsMcDuff (5649) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - MAR 7, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
another treat from chicago .. . getting lots of sweetness- sugar, rum, very mild wood, and melted caramello bear lying on an ant hill .. . light mouth, touch boozy .. . pretty nice beer but seems to pull from a direction to many .. . . you pulled me out of school for this?