jandd1983 (2685) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - DEC 4, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled at an ESBLS tasting. It poured a caramel brown color with a light tan head. The aroma was of raisins and prunes with some spruced hops. The taste was malty, with caramel and hint of salt. It had a smooth finish and was an easy drinking for a big beer.
gschrade (767) - Collinsville, USA - DEC 3, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I had this at Global Brew. Pours brown with a tan head. Taste alcohol/boozy, chocolate, fruity. I thought this was so so. I would skip drinking this again.
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Beergeek23322 (2435) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - NOV 29, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
5/2/2012. From bottle. Pours light brown with a tan head. Caramel aromas with malt, spices and light oak. Sweet caramel flavors with a bit of hops. Even though the alcohol content is high, it’s never overwhelming. Very good.
MarkSachon (621) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 24, 2013
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
12 oz bottle. Wish I had a case of this delicious brew. Nearly perfect --- I wouldn’t change a thing with this recipe.
Strykzone (5038) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - NOV 23, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at ESBLS. A little haze in a mid brown beer. A beige ring. This reminds me of a Holiday Ale even though I don’t think it intends to. Cinnamon with nice fruit. Earth. Maybe some wood.
ClassyBeagle (319) - USA - NOV 20, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
FROM NOTES: August 12, ’12.
From a 22 ounce bottle into a Smuttynose pint glass. Thanks JT!
A: Sweet, dark caramel notes with some dark fruit including light fig and cherries and a slight alcohol note.
A: Pours a dark brown color with a light tan head.
T: Initially, the brown sugar really dominates but slowly, dark chocolate, toffee, and vanilla star to sneak through making this beer almost desert like. Very malt-forward and complex.
P: Full-bodied and creamy with minimum carbonation.
O: This brewery’s Big Beer series is fantastic. The strong alcohol beer keeps this from being world-class like the Baltic Porter, but it’s a great beer, nonetheless.
Jamesthebrit (281) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 5, 2013
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A; A very sweet aroma. Maybe a little hint of malt.
A: Head is very nice. Beer color is reddish brown. Looks maybe a little thin.
T: Has an alcohol sweetness. huge alcohol sweetness. Maybe a little almond. Nah it’s there. Just wrote that because my wife was scolding me about my maybes up above.
P: Very boozy and aggressive on the palate. Dull on the fade.
Overall maybe they got what they were going for; a mix between an old ale and a barleywine, but the synergy just isn’t there. The sweetness of the alcohol really dominates and the old ale brings a bit of nuttiness that doesn’t really cut through enough. Sort of makes it taste like dirt or something.
illiniphil (130) - Nashotah, Illinois, USA - OCT 27, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber. Poured a copper brown with a slight tan head. Flavor is sweeter of raisins, malt and hops. More barleywine than ale. Good but not a showstopper.
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geologyguy (741) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - OCT 19, 2013
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Light but hefty/malty smell...taste is pretty good and malty off the bat..slightly sweet...slightly sour finish
Palme (3474) - Bergen, NORWAY - OCT 2, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap @ Blind Tiger House. A dense good looking medium sized off-white head on top of a light cloudy bronze brown beer. Smells of sweet Milky chocolate mixed with Nesquick, dark sweet ripe berries and some dark caramel. A really nice non extreme one. Lovely flavors. This is how I like my brwen/old ales. It has lots of red old berries, some stingy alcohol, a little bit of gunpowder, wet rocks, Rye bread and lots of fresh berries as well. Lovely tasty with a lasting light mouthdrying and malty aftertaste. 23.06.2013