bytemesis (3011) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JUN 3, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle - thanks much to jlanning215! Pours clear chestnut with a small tan head that slowly dissipates leaving decent lacing. Aroma is toffee, rum, molasses. Flavor is quite strong rum overlying rich malty toffee and molasses. Woody notes prominent, along with some astringence. Medium sweet, light bitter. Strong warming finish - this is really an ABV forward beer. Nice, but would actually prefer to have the barrel pulled back just a bit.
DrnkMcDermott (2779) - 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.
Frank (2758) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 27, 2014
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
I didnít realize this was aged in rum barrels and was quite relieved to find I was not insane when I found out it was. This stuff fairly well reeks of white rum. I like rum fine and all but I do like a little more beer character to come through in the finished product. This is a clear brown brew that pours pretty much headless in the glass. There is maybe a bit of bubblegum and caramel to go along w/ the slightly medicinal rum character but not much else. I like big, boozy barrel aged beers but both the beer and the booze seem to be sub-par in this case.
MIBRomeo (2537) - Wisconsin, USA - AUG 19, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
reddish orange pour thin white head, aroma of sugars/rum, toffee, slight dark fruits, hint of black pepper. Taste is a bit boozy some smoke lots of residual sugar and a hint of spice in the finish. Needs to mellow.
Huhzubendah (2414) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 19, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Brown to burgundy body with a soft, light beige head. The aroma offers booze, sugars, raisins, toffee, oak. Sweet breads and fruit soaked in booze. Maybe some cotton candy. Apples and rum in the finish. Lots of big flavor, but perhaps this would mellow out a bit with age. Overall, pretty good.
jmagnus87 (2401) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
From notes. Draft. Damn, this is good. Brown sugar and wood with dark fruits and some vanilla. I would love a bottle to bring with.
beastiefan2k (2367) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - APR 27, 2014
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle poured into a Rev sampling glass. Apparently, this is a year old. Hazy dark amber color with visible carbonation. Aroma is as expected, strong sweet raisin malt, lots of alcohol. Even a good deal bit of rubbing alcohol coming through, maybe thatís the rum. Flavor is similar with maybe less rubbing alcohol. Eh, long sweetness.
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XmnwildX12 (2078) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - APR 20, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Ryan, nice dark clear amber like apple juice. Aroma is some cinnamon, light wood character, sweet caramel as well. Taste is light fruit, almost apple like, caramel sweetness, very complex, outstanding different profile for a barley wine.
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That1Guy (1882) - Greeley, Colorado, USA - OCT 12, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber crushed with Honkeybra. Pours murky brown with a little head. Tons of vanilla on the nose, with some ethyl acetate and booze. Flavor is more vanilla, some sweetness and more booze. Not much rum to speak of. Pretty damn good though.
jcartamdg (1876) - 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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