GothGargoyle (1421) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 18, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown with a beige head. Aroma is caramel, honey, raisins, brown sugar, toffee. Full bodied, sticky mouthfeel, bittersweet on the palate. Taste is toffee, toast with marmalade, burnt citrus.
Cybercat (3500) - Georgia, USA - MAR 15, 2014
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours an opaque chocolate brown with a bit of a buff head. Aroma has sweet caramel, woody, and bourbon-ish notes. Flavor has a strong alcohol bite as well as caramel and woody notes. Smooth, viscous texture is fairly fizzy. Glad I caught a snort at the HMOG!
Steasy66 (995) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 14, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Black, big foamy tan head. Aroma is surprisingly hoppy, a swirl brings out some chocolate with toffee undertones. Flavor is odd and not at all like a barleywine. Sweet roasty chocolate with some alcohol in the finish. Strange beer, maybe I waited too long on it.
llcooldave (1118) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - FEB 1, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black in the glass. Flavor and aroma of fig, prunes, mocha and spice. Overall, very tasty. Thanks to BarZigKin for holding on to this gem and sharing.
Narnad (1472) - Wonder Lake, Illinois, USA - JAN 27, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a deep brown with a huge, dense, brown head. Aroma has a strong hops presence with notes of deep citrus, light grassy notes with a very strong caramel, toasted malt presence with a light roasted note and a very big, boozy, almost whiskey like finish. Flavor starts off with a light chocolate, strong caramel and hefty toasted malt presence. The hops compliment the sweet maltiness with a very pronounced citrus, light pine and grassy bitterness. The alcohol comes in late and melds very nicely with sweetness and bitter from earlier. Body is modest with a medium amount of carbonation but looses a bit of body to the alcohol. Overall a very nice beer that stokes the fire for these cold, snowy days of the year.
crazyvin (1991) - New York, USA - JAN 25, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A nice black body with a tan head that had decent retention and no lace. Aroma had a bold presence of oak and pine notes upfront. Subtle vanilla mixed in with bold caramel malts and there was a nice sense of alcohol. Flavor was initially sweet upfront, bitter balanced it out and the finish was of alcohol. There was a nice vanilla character to it. A smooth body and minimal carbonation were a plus. Good beer.
beerfest5 (1163) - Dublin, IRELAND - JAN 21, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wow, this one packs a punch, like a robust Baltic porter combined with a west coast ultra hoppy barleywine. Thin head that dissipates quickly, good lacing on the glass, leaves nice lines down the edge of the glass like a whiskey. Aroma is of dark fruit, caramel, roasted coffee beans, and some floral hop notes. Taste is the same, tough to hide the booze but this does a good job of it. Wonderful finish.
harrymel (1503) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 24, 2013
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Reviewed from notes verbatim on 9/23/10
A: Deep brown, barely visible light. Thick, whipped tan head. Strong lacing. Great.
S: Chocolate, pine, bread, coffee. Quite nice. I keep leaning back for a whiff.
T: Burnt cocoa, coffee notes, pine. A hint hot on the alcohol front. Warm, thick finish belabors the intensity of this beer.
M: Thick and vicscous rivaling beers such as ten FIDY in thickness. Good carbonation.
D: Absolutely fantastic! Wish this was a regular offering. One and done seems to little. Guess I will need to stock up because this one’s gonna age so well.
Serving type: bottle
MrFecesious (1091) - British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 8, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle share taster. Dark brown, amber highlights. Aroma of tart raisin, chocolate. Taste is tart, followed by a sustained dry finish.
Steve_0 (2874) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 27, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at the parentals with my dad. Pour is deep, murky brown with a frothy brown head and great lacing. Caramel, toffee, woody, minty, roasty, herbal, figgy, and plummy aroma. Taste roasty, slightly oxidized, black licorice, chocolate, raisins, figs, toffee, sticky bread, and biscuity with a lightly roasted finish. Creamy mouthfeel with soft carbonation. Pretty good.