beerbastard (687) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - AUG 6, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 13, 2012 Got lucky and showed up @ Sun Devil Liquor store today,( Aug. 6th, 2010), and they had just came in. Couldnít wait so I chilled it down ASAP. Barley Wine or Amer Strong Ale? What a head and lacing on the glass. Very dark, canít see light thru it. Piney malty nose. Black malt and hop bitterness. A little smokeyness. This should age really good. Hop and a little alcohol bite in the finish. July 2012, two years later. Got to kick it up a notch, hops have mellowed, no smokeiness, more malt with chocolate. Good balance, still burns in the finish and still has bitterness.
JaBier (4887) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - AUG 4, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: AUG 14, 2010 Sample at the brewpub. Darkest brown with a medium tan head. Aroma of sweet and dark malts with some hops. Flavor is roasted malt and malty, almost syrupy sweetness with grassy hops and a boozy finish.
AleDude (41) - USA - AUG 4, 2010
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sweet malt on nose. Dark brown with tan head. Taste is hot and booty with roast and some chocolate.
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - JUL 29, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught at the brewery. Apparenty just released in bottles yesterday. Dark brown color, almost black in the glass, with a medium beige head. Chocolat malt, piney, dewing hops and toasty caramel in the aroma. The flavor has a lot of rich toasty and chocolate malt going on with a rich piney, grapefruit peel hop balance. Very bitter and hoppy through the finish. Full bodied and smooth texture. Like a big chocolatey imperial brown. The description at the brewery called it a cross between an imperial porter and an American barley wine. Tastey stuff, and I brt a few months in the bottle would let the bitterness round out a little and let the malt come through more as well. Definitely better than the bock, and about on par with the stout.