lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - AUG 1, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled (two samples actually) at the brewery during the BA Jim Koch tour.
Pours a rich auburn with zero carbonation, zero head. I would describe this beer as having "nice legs" like a wine or port. Smells of sherry. I have heard it compared to cognac but I have no frame of reference there. Vanilla, oak, alcohol, and bright caramel and molasses all intermingle in the nose.
Sherry is the flavor that dominates here but lets break it down a little. Roasty caramel, vanilla, hints of black currant and oak. Alcohol is a bit pronounced but not as much as I would have expected. This beer is refined and sophisticated, not rough. Lightly sticky in the mouth with a dry finish. A sipper to be sure but a tasty one.
railcat1 (702) - Kissimmee, Florida, USA - MAR 7, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This was too strong and sweet for my taste,i know the hype behind this and i had a chance to try but not my style of beer but it would be a great sipping beer,like drinking whiskey.CHEERS!
aobecksy (700) - Middle of no where, Ohio, USA - OCT 19, 2003
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 8/20
Tasted after the 1994 Triple Bock and before the Millennium at Thedm's. An experience not able to be articulated. Smell was worse than its bite. i equated it to southern comfort, but I am sure the guys will say something more articulate.
Maarten1993 (693) - Nijmegen, NETHERLANDS - OCT 4, 2015
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Drank @ Borefts 2015 (friday). Thanks Thijs for sharing. Really awesome. I like barley wines and this is a hell of a barley wine. The sweetness (also vanilla) was perfectly balanced. Very nice structure, soft, alcohol. Love it.
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - NOV 13, 2004
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
At FOBAB ’04. Wow this is not what I would call beer, with no head and high alcohol. This "beer" was very clear and orange colored. The nose has an alcoholic and slight maple syrup scent. When tasting, there is big alcoholic burn that makes you think you are drinking hard liquor but there is some sweetness coming through after the first sip.
oberabcbbsok (687) - Hoboken, BELGIUM - OCT 3, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at the beer tasting of the Ratebeer group at the Kulminator. A great beer, just way too much alcohol
drseusszb200 (687) - Florida, USA - JUL 14, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Smells of raisins and alcohol poured flat and clear brown tasted very sweet with smaller than expected burn with nice body warming
vwsteggie (684) - Paxton, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 18, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Extreme Beer Fest Boston 2004: Has a amber color and a sweet candy smell. Taste is like a cognac/sweet malts and finishes with a strong alcohol burn. Overall a very interesting beer, but not my thing...
jsh12bama (681) - Alabama, USA - DEC 21, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Have had a few times at GABF but never rated. Most recent sample from GABF 2011. Pours amber with no head. Aroma of toffee and caramel. Huge flavor of vanilla, toffee, and caramel. Big alcohol burn. Definite sipper.
Chalumeaux (681) - Methuen, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 2, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from bottle thanks Willrunforbeer 2013 vintage. Pours dark cola with reddish tints and no head. Aromas of caramel figs dark fruit and alcohol. Taste is sweet and follows aroma with a nice brandy finish. A special treat indeed.