seymour (1306) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - JAN 2, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Shared 2007 vintage at GregFest 2013 from a cool-looking painted ceramic bottle with swingtop stopper into a nonic half pint glass, thanks Greg & Aaron. It poured a clear deep reddish brown colour with thin weak off-white head. Great big beer, intensely strong malty and hoppy aspects, even 5-6 years later! Bread, fruitcake, caramel, toffee candy, grapefruit, pine cones, very bitter, hints of vanilla, marshmallows, booze. Full bodied, chewy mouthfeel, high alcohol but pleasant and smooth, long lasting resiny bittersweet aftertaste. Surprisingly delicious and harmonious.
vyvvy (3553) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - DEC 31, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2007 version. Pours murky dark brown with a tan head. The aroma has lots of dough, vanilla, brown sugar, cream, lots of caramel, toasty malt and something that seems like saltiness. It has a full body that is kinda rough with mild harsh carbonation. The initial taste is dark brown bread, toffee, caramel, oxidation, earth, pine, burnt sugar and dirtiness. The finish has pine, earth, resin and bread. Pretty solid.
gregwilsonstl (919) - Missouri, USA - DEC 29, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 2, 2014 2007 Vintage. Cardboard. Caramel. Bitter. Pine. Chinook. Thanks aaron. High alcohol. Delightful. Too inibriated to fully enjoy.
zizzybalubba (1301) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - DEC 13, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 mL bottle from SoHo Organic Market, Elizabeth City, NC (2013 bottle). Murky light brown pour with a frothy khaki head. Aroma of tangerine, grapefruit, brown sugar, and molasses. Great flavor of bitter citrus hops, caramel, toffee, booze, and just a touch of chocolate on the finish. The bitterness lingers on the palate but eventually fades and the subtleties of the more hidden flavors start to come through. Pricey, but this is an outstanding barleywine.
RumRunner101 (635) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 3, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brown pour. Aroma is big and boozy with dried fruits. Big flavour, alcohol comes through, but in a nice, warming way. Big and bitter, but tons of sweet malt balance. Somewhat fruity and earthy. Well done and tasty.
Haslinger (846) - Orange, California, USA - NOV 27, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
on tap at Beer Belly Deli in Syracuse NY, deep dark pour, intensely rich aroma of booze and hops, extremely drinkable for 11.5% really good mix of flavors, hoppy yet not too much so with some malt in the finish. A really good beer from Rogue
Renobob (115) - - NOV 23, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Et boum ! La magie de Rogue frappe encore ! Quel incroyable produit qui vaut le prix au moins pour goûter une fois ce mélange d'arôme qui explose au palais. Génial !
Taosmax (25) - - NOV 11, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 mL ceramic bottle pours mahogany with a creamy, khaki head into a snifter. The rich aroma had me sniffing for a full minute or more before I tasted: tons of toffee, sweet malts, centennial hops stand out, overripe red apples, pear, vanilla, and a touch of spice; booze is noticeable. Toffee is well balanced with grapefruit-like hops, blending into spiced apples. Finishes with rich caramel and an impressive kick of warming booze. Full bodied with an oily mouthfeel and a low level of carbonation. This beer will punch you full in the face and follow up with a quantum wedgie. There’s nothing subtle here.....when you pop the top, it’s ON!
brewballs (143) - USA - NOV 9, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
I had this one on tap. Excellent brew. Murky, sludgy body. Dense. Resin. Hoppy. There is a faint taste of alcohol, but it is undetectable. Zero head. It is so thick I wonder where any spices would go. Amazing brew. The year wait for it was indeed worth it. On my list of five great beers for 2013.
hotstuff (3732) - Indiana, USA - NOV 9, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rated on 7-22-2009 (Ceramic flip-top bottle) This beer forms a medium sized very fizzy beige head that mostly diminishes, murky brown body, very little carbonation observed, and spotty amounts of lacing. The Aroma is caramel malt, yeast, alcohol, citrus, and pine hops. The Taste is sweet, spice, caramel malt, alcohol, bitter, citrus and pine hops. The Palate is tingly and this beer is medium bodied. Overall, this is a sipping beer, the 11.5%ABV is very much present, worthy trying, and a beer I would drink again.