daknole (10848) - 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 (3709) - Media, 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 (908) - 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 (1754) - 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 (1517) - 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 (4200) - 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.
bu11zeye (12693) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JAN 12, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(3L bottle, 2005 vintage) Pours a brown body with a small beige head. Aroma of caramel, raisins, plum, cherry, and vinous. Flavor of roasted malt, cherry, toffee, light smoke, wood, toffee, and plum with a dry finish.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 19, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at Hamilton’s 2nd Anniversary party. Pours with a brown body topped bya thin head with some lacing. It’s sweet and malty with a nice caramel and toffee note as well as nice fruity esters. Full bodied, smooth and a touch warming.
DarkElf (3051) - La Jolla, California, USA - AUG 8, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
19-Jan-08 (Draft: Connoisseur’s Session, 2008 Great Alaskan Beer and Barley Wine Festival in Anchorage, AK) 2005 release. Sweet, fruity and very earthy up front, intensely caramely in the finish. Slight citrus element running through it adds light sourness and bitterness for complexity and drinkability by breaking up the full-on earthy malts. There are even notes of coconut, sweet vanilla and oak. The nose is very earthy and malty with moderate oxidation notes, yet sweet and fruity in the background. Full-bodied and moderately carbonated with some tanginess for a lively palate. Hazy, ruddy brown in color with a very small, bubbly, filmy, light-tan head that fully dissipates within a few minutes. As a fan of aged beers, I think this is excellent. It’s one of the most interesting and enjoyable beers at this festival.
Ratman197 (13100) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUL 29, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: AUG 3, 2008 3 litre bottle 2005 vintage poured a clear dark brownish red with a small lingering amber head. Aromas of carmel, dark fruit, light cardboard, light wood and some sherry notes. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of toffee, dates, carmel, spice, light cherry and a hint of wood with a smooth dry lingering malty finish.