PartyFowle (936) - - JUN 20, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Muddy burgundy with a thin tan head that fizzles away immediately. The aroma blends caramel, raisin, leather and spiced rum. Some oxidation has taken hold in the flavor, lending a well-developed sherry character that works very well with the beerís base of raisin, mint, orange and toasted dough. The thick, creamy medium body gives away that thereís a lot of booze in here, but the prodigious alcohol content is nigh unnoticeable in the flavor. Age has done this brew very well.
Damico (3119) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 23, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours ruby cherry oak cabinet wood in color with a small beige ring, almost no head. The aroma has a light sweetness and soft baked white bread profile. The flavor brings some sweet and oaky and root like bitter liqueur notes that donít go down smoothly by any means.
ericwill99 (85) - Texas, USA - JAN 31, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aged quite nicely now. Still a British malty Barleywine. The malt hits first, then the alcohol. So easy to drink. I do like the dark brown leather color too
dfinney23 (2576) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 8, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Somehow missed rating this way back when but I think Iíve now had this three times in the past six months. And still a couple in the back of the fridge! Caramel and brown sugar, dark and candied fruit, a bit of woody earthiness.
NeoHippie2 (1074) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - DEC 22, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from djd07, thanks again! Red/amber pour with a light beige head. Aromas of candied dark fruits and brown sugar. Flavor is similar. Slightly boozy but overall very nice.
keith0718 (434) - Kansas, USA - DEC 13, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Aged 4 years. Strong overtones of dried sugary fruit. Tastes pretty good, but nothing special.
bytemesis (6132) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - NOV 2, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle - thanks to djd07! Pours clear red-orange with a small quickly diminishing tan head that leaves a bit of lacing. Aroma is bourbon and vanilla, toffee, fig. Flavor is quite sweet, lots of vanilla and dark sugars, just a touch of bitterness in the background and on the finish. Medium body, creamy mouthfeel. Pretty solid.
pineypower (2974) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - OCT 15, 2014
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle shared thanks to Dmac. Pours out muddy brown with a small off white head. Aroma is of sweet malt, moderately oxidized with some dark fruits and.mild alcohol. Taste is over oxidized, light caramel, sticky sweetness, booze, caramel and some booze.
dmac (5208) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JUL 25, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12oz bottle via trade. Poured a deep mahogany brown with lighter edges and barely any head. Aroma of oxidation, wet cardboard, burnt sugar, amaretto, alcohol. Syrupy dry full body with soft carbonation. Flavor is just as bad as the aroma but add in some raisin and dates. Blah well past its prime.
BBB63 (6509) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUL 18, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Happy Saint Arnoldus Day!!! Bottle via Hopscotch: Mostly clean deep amber hue with a fading small head and not any lace to speak of... but damn the visuals for the brew has complex rich dark fruits, candied and fleshy with plenty of toffee and earthiness too. This is now rounding into form methinks, picking up some minty oxidation and marzipan. The 11% ABV is now well distributed, dangerously drinkable. Nom Nom