Odysseyalien (46) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 1, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: MAY 18, 2014 Edit: 2012 bottle was considerably more enjoyable. Not as bitter in the aftertaste as 2009 vintage.
2009 vintage opened New Year’s Eve 2012. I opened this bottle with an open mind thinking I might actually like it. It was fine except for the bitter finish. That killed it for me and turned me off to it. I poured the balance of the bottle down the sink. I have the new 2012 vintage now in the cellar aging. Hopefully it will be an improvement from the 2009.
chinchill (2267) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 5, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Large 2011 bottle.
Pours clear dark copper with a decent head.
A faint tart note along with low sweetness, distinguished this from other barleywines in a tasting session.
O: Excellent but not superb in all respects.
alexsdad06 (6088) - Ohio, USA - JAN 3, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle at home from backlog notes. Pours a caramel brown color with a small beige head. The aroma and flavor have caramel malts, dark fruits, raisins, some citrus, oak, some earthy bitterness, warming alcohol, medium plus body, solid bw.
bytemesis (3682) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - DEC 8, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap. Pours clear reddish amber, small team had, minimal lacing. Aroma is heavy vanilla, oak, toffee, jack Daniels. Flavor is oaky, lots of vanilla and whiskey, orange. Fully sweet, light bitter, just a touch of astringent. Medium body, little carbonation.
GRM (3115) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 28, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Brown bottle, 1 pint 9.4 ounces, 2012 vintage, via Importations Privées Bièropholie (merci Hughes!), savoured on November 28 2014; eye: dirty brown with caramel hue, hazy, nice beige head that turns into a tiny ring, light lacing; nose: bittering hops, malt, caramel, slight fruity; mouth: bittering hops, malt, caramel, acridness, nrown sugar, light astringency, alcohol, toffee, slight fruity, rum, acrid finale with presence of caramel, medium-full body, average carbonation, mildly bitter, mildly sweet, mildly harsh texture; overall: correct
Bouteille brune, 1 pinte 9,4 onces, millésime 2012, via Importations Privées Bièropholie (merci Hughes!), savourée le 28 novembre 2014; œil : brun sale avec une teinte caramel, trouble, belle mousse beige qui se transforme en un petit anneau, légère dentelle; nez : houblon amérisant, malt, caramel, très léger fruité; bouche : houblon amérisant, malt, caramel, âcreté, cassonade, légère astringence, alcool, toffee, très léger fruité, rhum, finale âcre avec présence de caramel, corps moyen-corsé, carbonatation moyenne, moyennement amère, moyennement sucrée, texture moyennement râpeuse; en résumé : correct
Boutip (4917) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 2, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Poured a brown color ale with a medium size off-white foamy head with OK retention and minimal lacing. Aroma consists of caramelized malt with some toffee notes and some residual sugar. Taste is also dominated by caramelized malt with some light toffee notes with quite a bit of residual sugar with light oak notes. Body is a bit light for style with medium carbonation and light warming alcohol. Not bad overall but too much residual sugar for my own taste.
BazookaJoe (263) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 2, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours light brown with a dry sweet aroma. Flavor of nothing but oak up front with a sweet caramel finish.
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dwmiller16 (110) - Delaware, USA - NOV 2, 2014
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottle of 2013 vintage. Pours deep Amber almost mahogany color with almost no foam. Very sweet aroma with hints of vanilla and caramel. Heavy malts with a bit of oakiness that's overshadowed by the alcohol sweetness.
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GTAEgeek (1318) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 23, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2009 bottle, from Trey. Pours hazy brown, with no head. The aroma is oak, caramel cloves, syrup, and some earthy notes. Very sweet, with just a light bitterness. Heavy, syrupy, and a little chalky. Overall, this is an excellent, very complex and rich beer. Thanks a bunch, Trey!
NeoHippie2 (1074) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - OCT 6, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2011 bottle. Dark brown pour with a light khaki head. Aroma of brown sugar, dark fruits, and oak. Just smells awesome. Flavor is oak, vanilla, and caramel with hints of fruit. Very complex. Opens up nicely as it warms. Abv is completely hidden. Great beer.
JonLaRue (27) - St Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 14, 2014
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Best beer in a while of my memory. Has been sitting in my cellar for about 6 months. Aroma is a mix of whiskey, caramel, and bread. Looks like a thick brown malt. Tastes amazing. Mix and match of oak and caramels. Mouth is acidic and sweet. Great beer!