icehawk (223) - Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - JUN 19, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Boozy, sweet aroma. Thick, coating, chewy body. Flavor evolves with each sip, and the alcohol is very much present.
johnnnniee (1564) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 19, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Received in trade and shared with friends. Pours a medium copper color with a smallish off white head that dissipates quickly. Smells of rich caramel a brown sugary malts with a bit of faded earthy pine and citrus with a very nice oak and vanilla. The flavor follows the aroma quite well. Medium to thick body with a light level of carbonation and a creamy syrupy mouthfeel. Fantastic beer, I enjoyed every bit of it.
TheEpeeist (2865) - Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 17, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
25.4 oz bottle. Cloudy brown with beige froth. Nose is caramel, grass and light whiskey. Medium body with a tang. Taste is hoppy with whiskey and caramel. The whiskey and hops cancel each other out leaving a slightly sweet finish. Not normally a favorite but this version is pretty good.
Rando7 (621) - Iowa, USA - JUN 15, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle pours brownish amber with minimal head.. Hoppy aroma with some oak. Taste sweet whiskey and malts, followed by oak and hops. Thick almost syrupy palate. Not bad but could use some more time in the cellar, oak is pretty strong.
JHeath99 (42) - - JUN 15, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by beersandblues2. Dark amber color. Aroma of oak, alcohol, and raisins. Taste of oak with a nice lasting aftertaste.
sonnycheeba (1986) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 15, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by beerandblues2. Pours light brown with creamy beige head. Aroma is caramel and cookie malts, spicy alcohol, dark fruit, floral hops, and toffee. Flavor is dry, bready malts, floral hop bitterness, oak, spicy alcohol, light port, dark fruit esters, and faint vanilla; dry finish. Full body and medium carbonation.
snoworsummer (461) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 15, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle with beerandblues2. End of a vertical tasting. Pours hazy medium brown with a thin off white head. Smells like alcohol, tobacco, vanilla, and spice. Tastes bitter and sweet, flavors just like the smell. Thick feel, medium body, and low carbonation.
BeerandBlues2 (7468) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JUN 15, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @ home. Pours clear tawny with a small, frothy off-white head, short retention with light lacing. Aroma is oak, vanilla, and bourbon with dates, caramel and toast malt, spicy hops. Flavor is heavy malt, moderate hops and bitterness with spicy bourbon, oak and vanilla notes with a sweet finish. Full body and medium carbonation.
jredmond (4117) - Manhattan, New York, USA - JUN 13, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at pony bar HK with Linh. Can’t believe I’ve never logged a review for this. This is one of those barleywines that flaunts the subtly of hops while maintaining the composure of a nearly 13% beer. Balance is the key here, with nothing underrated or over dominating.
DesertDevil (220) - Arizona, USA - MAY 31, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
From 750-ml bottle; drank in early January 2013. Pours a clear caramel color with a filmy head. Syrupy-sweet aroma of caramel, lot of booze, and toffee. The taste is similar, with syrup, caramel, treacle, and oak all harshly creating a quite hoppy, acidic, woody flavor. Very gritty mouthfeel; extremely dry finish. This brew desperately needs some cellar time, as it’s way too sharp and the different flavors are all in the forefront competing instead of complementing.