SphinxTX (2876) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - AUG 15, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a great looking black with thick, creamy tan head. Aroma of dark roast, coffee, dark fruit, alcohol and a grassy hoppiness. Flavor is sweet, dark roasted grain, coffee, alcohol spice, a bit of dark fruit, some brown sugar, alot of hoppy pine, very malty with a sharp hoppy bitterness. Mouht feel is heavy body with low carbonation. Overall, a very bold, flavorful beer....I will age a bottle for a few years to see how it turns out...
daknole (9609) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 15, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Walter hooks it up! Black pour, off white head. Dates, figs, raisins, and light brown sugar. Flavor is hoppier than I expected. Some brown sugar, dried figs. Interesting.
keepersj12 (2785) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - AUG 15, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pretty good on it’s own but I’m going to stash a bottle away for a year or so to see if it mellows. Right now it has a malty aroma from a nice looking dark amber with a big foamy tan head. the flavor starts malty and yeasty and then comes a big bitter end. It has a very peppery tang to it that is very crisp. After taste is warm with an alcohol burn. Good stuff.
handsomejn (71) - Arkansas, USA - AUG 15, 2010
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours pitch black with foamy tan head. Moderate lacing. Loved the sweet malty smell the minute I opened the bottle, not so much in the glass. Rich semi-sweet malty taste with very little hop offset, noticed more on the long finish. Some maple, dark fruit. Rich on the tongue and the alcohol is very well hidden.
radagast83 (5175) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - AUG 14, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled from 750ml bottle. Pours a dark, but relatively translucent brown color with a medium tan head. Aroma is sweet malts, touches of dry syrup, touch of hops but not a whole lot in there when compared to the malty character. Flavor is actually a pretty mild one - expected a lot more alcohol bite to it. Smooth.
crusianbeer (116) - Texas, USA - AUG 14, 2010
3.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle from Sams Beer and Wine in Carrollton... Thanks Matt
pours a deep dark black with about 3 fingers of head that keeps growing out of the glasss...
not much on the nose here at all, smells sweet, thats about it... maybe a bit of barley.
taste, whoa, this is interesting. Sweet, hoppy, barleywine flavor for sure, and then ends in a roastiness with some chocolate on the dry finish. Definitely an interesting barleywine. I like this. ABV is hidden really well, but can tell it is present.
mouthfeel is nice, and very drinkable. this is really interesting, worth a buy for sure.
Peregrinari (148) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 14, 2010
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Still not write as good as the first but definitely light years better than the train wreck that was the helles. An interesting beer I can’t define but if I has to I would call a double imperial black ipa, not a black barleywine. Aroma somewhat boozy but nice with some molases and hops. Finish is swert but not over powering. Slid!
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - AUG 13, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a very deep brown color with a large creamy tan head. The cork released with a good amount of force. Mildly roasted with a semi-sweet chocolate. Pine hops mix through adding another layer without taking over. The flavor is sweet but not overly done. Good roast with more of a bitter chocolate. Hops run through the flavor from start to finish. Warming finish with a light alcohol. Medium bodied with a bitter finish. Nice beer.
alexanderj (3349) - Branson, Missouri, USA - AUG 13, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap; poured a dark black color with not much head. Aroma of sweet malt, caramel, fruit, alcohol and earth. Flavor was different but just not too great for me. Robust flavor. Earthy, fruity and hoppy. Just not my cup of tea.
Rerate; upped it a bit...really need it too warm up to bring everything out.
NJDevilz69 (28) - Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey, USA - AUG 10, 2010
4.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
750ml bottle, When I turned the cork to open the bottle it jumped from my hand landing half way across the room, (Fortunately no beer was lost). Poured with a huge tan head. Color is dark brown almost kinda amber, no transparency at all. Aroma is kinda subdued for a barley wine I thought. Some yeasty notes but not as plumy or jammy as some I have had. The 10.2 hides well I think, a lot of the time BW’s tend to burn this one didn’t strike me that way. Faint chocolate with some anise on the finish. Very well done that is 3 in a row on the 30th’s.