heemer77 (5061) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUL 6, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample from Noogfest High 5. The body was reddish brown with a yelloing khaki head. This was overcarbonated. The bread dough and raisin aroma was fairly pleasing. Taste of sweet peanuts and caramel. There was a slightly dry woody finish. Nice stuff, they need to get the carbonation down.
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - JUL 1, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at Noogfest High 5. Pours reddish brown with huge beige head and heavy carbonation. The aroma is caramel, peat, some carob, and pennies. The flavor is earth, peat, lots of sweet caramel, and a little bit of fruitiness. Pretty good beer, but there I just have a hard time getting into it.
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - JUN 29, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
2007. Thanks CSchwaz! Heavily oxidized malt aroma, some raspberry essence. Mousey chestnut. More oxidized malt and brown sugar, to a fault in my opinion. Warms with raw alcohol in the finish.
after4ever (5740) - Brier, Washington, USA - JUN 28, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Magnum, ’07. Thanks, CSchwaz! Pours an opaque dark brown with rubied highlights. Dense, creamy tan ring of bubbly foam. Tangy, pruney, plummy, caramelly nose. Some earthy hops and roastiness showing through. Creamy body, a little on the high side of medium but surprisingly restrained in density. Toasty, roasty notes on the mid-palate, along with all the dark fruits from the nose. Big earthy hop notes there that will definitely go all tobacco and leather in a couple years. This is a beautiful beer for aging.
daknole (8014) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUN 21, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured at JW77’s. Lots of carbonation as this dark brown big headed beer is poured. Aroma is both sweet and smoky with great fruit notes. Burned sugar, some caramel and spices make up a great nose on this one. Flavor is quite powerful. Booze, wood, malt, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, spices and a bit of hops too. Fun beer, I feel very lucky to have tried it.
TheEpeeist (3057) - Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 10, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz bottle, 2008. First pour is all tan foam. After ten minutes of careful topping off i was able to get half a glass of dark brown liquid with a bubbling cratered head looking like a root beer float. Nose is blueberry, wood, caramel and raisin. Medium body with a tongue buzzing tang. This is a massive brew. Taste is French roast, huge caramel and molasses, tobacco and candied orange peel. Developing some port notes as it warms. Maybe the foamiest beer i’ve had but damn good after settling.
dalekliz (810) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 14, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, thanks to WeeHeavySD for sharing! Pours a dark brown with a small tan head. Sharp burnt aroma, of malt, wood, pine, and sugar. Taste of burnt malt, pine, dark chocolate, and dark fruits. Lingering sharpness. Very nice.
neepsntatties (1035) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 11, 2009
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Had this at the recent (2009)Lucky Lab Barley Wine Fest in Portland, OR. Colour... the colour was rather..... interesting. I guess I’d call it, "murky". Looks like photos of the tannicly saturated streams of Scotland! If I were a hydrologist, and I was in a lake of this stuff, and lowered a Sechi disk into it, it’d probably have a transparency around one foot and be labeled a, "hyper-eutrophic" lake, but in a good way!! Nose... spice world in a glass with a guest appearances by Mr. Malt and Mr. Hop! Palate...Great day in the mornin’! The boys at Roots can do no wrong!! Extraordinarily mouth coating with flavours of allspice, Christmas pudding, dried Zante currants, treacle, toffee, turbinado, roasted malt and Speyside Scotch with a very loooooong, warming finish. A sumptuous feast in a glass!
Beardface (1516) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - FEB 21, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the brewpub. Deep brown-red pour with a small beige head. Heavy scents of raisins and cherries and a light wine smell. Very roasty malt flavor with a hefty cherry flavor and some smoked toffee and plums with a dry light hop finish. An interesting brew for sure, and it snuck up on me with the 14%. Extremely well hidden ABV.
boFNjackson (3921) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 14, 2009
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tap... Poured deep, opaque brown/ruby with a thin, light, beige head. Aroma of sour fruit juice ad roasted malts. Would never have guessed this would be 14%. Really beautiful feel in the mouth and well balanced. Fruity flavors similar to cherries or plums with roasted, caramel malt notes. Sort of a hoppy bitterness in the aftertaste. Like a sweeter barley wine, or one that has been aged for a couple of years.