Namespayne (64) - - DEC 7, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Choclatey nutty taste, sweet chocolatey aroma with plenty of roasted barley on both ends. High Alcohol content is very well masked. A delicious, nourishing porter. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
DearBeer2013 (94) - - NOV 17, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Kind of tastes like a light stout...wierd. The flavors of molasses, chocolate and caramel are there, but faint.
DesertDevil (684) - Arizona, USA - JUN 25, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sample of the 2011 vintage at the 2013 Arizona Strong Beer Festival. Pours a cloudy black with a filmy head and inconsistent lacing. Semisweet nose of chocolate, very prominent chalk, and dates. Nice chocolate/malty forward with a somewhat dry chalk taste before a sweet fig finish. While I prefer this original version to the porter now dubbed Sex Panther, this barleywine was definitely showing signs of oxidation; I wish SanTan would brew a new batch, even if just for a limited release.
kathouse (1493) - Nevada, USA - MAY 8, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep reddish brown with nice tan foam. Aroma of chocolate and toasted malts. Medium body with low carbonation. Flavor of nuts, chocolate, and expresso. Nice finish.
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - NOV 8, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
growler from superdave 2/13/11.
dark. black coffee color with a tan head. spots of foam get left behind as the head retreats.
aromas of coffee, cream/lactose, mild ash, chocolate, dark raisins and loads of cotton candy.
the palate is only mildly sweet... big doses of drying hops keep it in check enough to become enjoyable. add in a rather thinnish body (for the style, traditionally) and i could get into this.
the flavor shares most of the notes from the aroma... but there is a coconut-brown sugar-chocolate chip- cookie thing going on without the sugar.
i like it’s unbarleywine... 7/4/7/4/14
Terminus (3487) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 22, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
tap at brewpub 4/9/11 Pours deep brown with a small kacki head-nose of carmel malts woody notes and earthy hops. flavors of woody hops lite roast carmel slight alcohol and licorice. Decent brew but seems to be over-hyped by the locals. Come on SanTan, bring on Fire It UP!!!!
daknole (10785) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAY 23, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice dark brown pour. Tan head. Aroma of chocolate, dried fruit, light hops, lactose. Flavor is sweet and rich, nice resin hops to balance this one. Good beer. Really good.
Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 6, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at 1702. Pours clear black; thin pale tan head, spotty lacing. Nose is red & black licorice, tart berries, light roast. Not a terribly balanced nose, but this is interesting so far... Flavours of big chocolate, HUGE weight, almost like someone is pressing down on my tongue with a spoon. Finish is more berries, big cocoa. Nice.
cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - FEB 26, 2011
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap @ 1702 - Pours a dark brown color with red edges and a nice size off white head. Nice lacing. Aroma is light esters. Flavor is fruity esters, light chocolate and coffee. Alcohol is well hidden. Medium body. A good beer.
FlacoAlto (4125) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - FEB 18, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled at 1702; February 2011
Arrives from the tap with a dark, concentrated brown color that shows a clear, rich brown hue when held up to the light. The head is a lightly browned, darker tan colored head. The aroma smells of toasted malt character that has lots of browned bread character. There is an underlying fruitiness that almost has a tartness to it and it reminds of plums, a suggestion of cherries and lightly roasted raisins.
Lightly sweet tasting and actually quite fruity with notes of plums and rum soaked raisins (though without the heat), accentuating brown sugar notes, chewy toasted brown grain flavors, lots of nutty notes (almost hazelnut like in character). At times the body of this can seem somewhat rich, but at others it seems like it is a bit on the thin side for a beer of this type; there is a touch of creaminess to the texture and the carbonation is fairly slight. There is a touch of herbal, definitely bitter (but not overly so) hop character in this beer that supports the more dominant malt / sweet character of this beer. A touch of dark grain character also seems to contribute a bit to the bitterness in the finish. As the beer warms a touch of cola like spiciness comes out and this seems to be accentuated by the lightly sweet malt and toasted grain edge to the finish.
Not bad, but it doesn’t seem to quite do it for me either; the biggest thing for me is that it seems to get quite thin after only a couple sips and the flavors suggest / require a big, chewy beer to support the character properly.