bozoNZ (715) - Christchurch, - NOV 15, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very unique. ashy, cinder aroma never sensed anything like it before. Rich malt base, complex flavours - wood, smoked mushrooms. Burps of cabbage never he’d that before either. Not sure I’d be keen on a second
dchmela (2405) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAY 19, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at WOB. Deep bet pour. Herbal aroma with juniper berry hint. Big malt body with lots of juniper berry in taste. Unique and tasty.
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commonshawn (22) - - MAY 17, 2013
2.3 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Dark Amber color. Good frothy head and lacing. Juniper berry taste is strong. Not as well balanced as I would hope.
vikingguy (620) - Chaska, Minnesota, USA - MAY 11, 2013
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Brilliant red color with foamy tan head. Spiced fruit aroma. Interesting taste. Herbal flavors are the first thing I notice. Earthy, fruity, spicy and floral. Notes of cherry, strawberry and honey too. This tastes a bit odd to me. It’s ok, just not my cup of tea.
jcos (1175) - Maryland, USA - MAY 9, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Location/Date:Bottle on May 8th, 2013.
Appearance: Pours a cloudy brown red.
Aroma: Aroma of berries, what i would guess are juniper.br/>
Taste: Juniper berry, faint wood, no bitterness
Summary: A flavorful fruity brew of a style that isn’t easy to find.
olr1984 (285) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - MAY 7, 2013
2.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 4/20
Batch 1 pours dark amber off white head. Slight berry aroma. Sweet berry caramel malt taste.
polomagnifico (1105) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - MAY 3, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Aroma has notes of lovely caramel and dark bread with dark dried fruits. Nice herbal/fruity finish. Very nice aroma here. Dark reddish/amber hue with a small off-white head that mostly diminished and left little lace. Flavor is very sweet and lightly bitter. Palate is full to very full bodied and oily soft with a medium finish. Overall a really good brew. Nice Barley Wine characteristics. Aroma is wonderful, looks good, taste is great and palate is big. Nothing to hate here.
TizzleJizzle (375) - Garland, Texas, USA - APR 29, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at Fort Worth Untapped. Poured a dark amber, almost brown color with a thin white head. Complex taste of sweet berries, herbal, citrus, caramel malts, and wood. High carbonation, medium body. Glad I got to try this style, very unique. I’ll be drinking this again
EtTuCthulhu (396) - Columbia, Missouri, USA - APR 26, 2013
3.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Batch No. 2. The aroma is reminiscent of juniper and caramel malts despite its overall subtle nature, and the appearance fuses a clear ruby brown color and a lasting pillowy white head. The taste is mildly umami, slightly sweet, slightly sour, and a touch bitter, which is really complex and hard to pick apart how the flavors actually fit and mix together. Also, the palate combines a medium body, average carbonation, slick texture, and a slightly astringent and long finish, which reminds you of a Scotch or Old Ale. Overall, this is a damn enjoyable beer.
johnnnniee (1496) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - APR 26, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle opens with a huge crack and bubbles immediately try to escape, luckily my cat like reflexes got the bottle top into the glass before any product was wasted. Deep clear reddish brown with a huge off white head that takes forever to recede. The aroma is spicy, no shit huh? It doesn’t strike me as much different from a Belgian strong dark honestly. Dark caramelized and brown sugars with some dark fruit and a virtual spice rack of aromas that range from nutmeg to coriander to mint. Juniper berries perhaps? The flavor is rich and malty with lots of dark sugary flavor. There’s an earthy spicy woody component in there that I can only assume comes from juniper somehow. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet light syrups mouthfeel. Not a bad brew, but honestly not my cup of tea.
samsmith33 (187) - - APR 20, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma is black cherry, mold, mildew, juniper/gin aroma is there but faint. Color is medium reddish-brown. Flavors from the aroma are present in the taste as well as a Smokey peat flavor and maybe something that resembles cola. A bit flat, lacking life. While I’m not always a fan of Sam Adams, their limited edition brews the most part pretty good . This is no exception.