BeerBunker (709) - Burbank, Illinois, USA - MAR 29, 2012
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
22oz bottle. Pours amber witha foamy tan head. Aroma is of malt, sugar, dark fruit, and alcohol. Definitely smells boozy. Taste is very sugary with caramel and dark fruit. Very light on the malt. Very light on the body as well. Way too thin. Overall, I was very underwhelmed.
Niko100 (1664) - Illinois, USA - DEC 2, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark amber/cider color with light particles; Medium slightly creamy body; Aroma of malt, caramel, fruit, & spice; Flavor of sweet malt, spicy hops, caramel, molasses, dark fruit, and citrus; Some alcohol at the finish; Fairly well balanced; Decent.
ben4321 (3335) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - NOV 20, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Location: 22 oz bottle from Central Market, 11/20/13
Aroma: The nose is heavy malty, quite sweet, and a little boozy, with lots of caramel and toffee
Appearance: It pours a murky dark orange color with a lasting beige head and plus lacing
Flavor: The flavor is very sweet, caramel, toffee, and fruit, with some boozy notes, and hints of hop
Palate: The body is medium-plus, heavy sticky, with soft carbonation, and boozy heat
The name is the standout component of this beer (by far), and the main reason I purchased it. As a beer, it is a solid one, but it is also overly sweet and a little too boozy to be a great beer. I certainly didnít dislike it, but, at the same time, it isnít great. Iíll bump it up 1 point on the overall purely for the awesome name (12 to 13), but otherwise, this is where Iíd stick it.
flemdawg (520) - Naples, Florida, USA - AUG 10, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy dark reddish brown body with a small whiteish head of tiny bubbles. Slightly sweet candy sugar aroma along with some cherry, berry fruits. Mildly bitter flavor at the beginning but then some of the sweetness comes through followed by a good dose of alcohol. Solid barley wine.
cards04 (1197) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - JUL 21, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Didnít get much from this. Aromas of booze, hops, and turpentine. Some caramel and dark fruit flavours. Lots of booze... Nice mouthfeel.. average.
phaleslu (5154) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 15, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz. bottle from dbsdelight. 2011 vintage, if his sticker was correct. Pours a hazy, dull, earthy brownish amber with a small beige ring that disappears after a bit. Rich caramel, toffee, and brown sugar notes on the nose, with plenty of dark and dried fruits. Like a sweet dessert pastry. Flavor is mostly the same, with minor earth and citrus notes. Medium-bodied, with modest carbonation and a sweet, malty mouthfeel that hides most of the booze. Solid, straightforward barley wine.
conway (900) - - JUL 1, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours dark ruby with a thin white head. Nose is some piney and citrusy hops with a sweet malt base. Taste is heavy on caramel malt. Balance is just a bit off. Needs some more bitterness to cut the sweetness.
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RobertDale (2601) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - JUN 2, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample at Hopfest 2013. Comes a cloudy dark amber with a decent light tan head. Aroma of malt, fruit, and caramel. Taste is malt, dark fruit, caramel, and alcohol. Pretty good.
ads135 (2330) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - JUN 2, 2013
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
This beer was only slightly better than the bourbon version of this beer. More sweet, less sour, and lacking the stale vanilla flavor. Tried at the KC Hopfest in 2013.
fletchfighters (917) - AUSTRALIA - MAY 12, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Orange red color. Half finger of white head, falls to a thin collar.
Nose is of dried fruits, apricot, and candied sugar. Well hidden ABV in the nose.
Taste however is quite boozy. Still a lot of dried fruits with a pepper taste and sugar. Thin body.
Good carbonation, light bodied. Not very sticky or sweet. Quit thin and a lot of the ABV hits home.
Average at best with a killer logo
triplehopped (32) - - MAY 10, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a clear amber red. A medium/large tan head dissipates slowly with medium lacing. Smells strong of citrus and floral notes and tastes medium/high in bitterness with a light sweetness. Mouthfeel is lightly fizzy, smooth/oily. The alcohol content certainly comes through in the taste and there is a lingering bitterness for the finish.