HighWine (932) - Whalezbro, Illinois, USA - MAY 24, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Tap flight at Bavarian Lodge. Toasted chestnut color with a khaki colored FILM for a head. It literally coats the glass. Pumpkin spice, jelly bean, and candy apple nose. Quite surprising aroma but very exotic and pleasing. Taste is pumpkin custard pie topped with agave nectar in a glass. I don’t like Southern Tier’s Pumking but this beer is delicious. Warning, it’s quite sweet but the battering hops do their job adequately. Definitely not a beer for after mowing your lawn, but Damn this is tasting good right now. Sweet, complex, and a pleasant surprise.
eachnotesecure (60) - Kentucky, USA - MAY 5, 2012
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Was hesitant to try this due to lots of mediocre reviews. 22oz bomber shared with friends. Pours a redish brown and smells almost tart and fruity. Pretty intense taste, boozy, almost too boozy and I don’t get any oak at all. Still not bad, but not something I’d want again.
arminjewell (5590) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 1, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour out of 22 oz bottle, thanks to Aaron! Hazy red pour with thin to no white head, aroma brought notes of big dark fruits, caramel, toffee, big cocoa powder, hints of slight biscuit. Taste is a mix of caramel, dark fruit,big toffee, sweet sugary notes, slight candi sugar, touch of pine, finishing fairly sweet. Better, but very sweet.
NielsenRatings (8114) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 1, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle @ Armin’s house. Hazy reddish orange appearance with a small cream colored head. Dark fruity, light plastic, caramel, toffee, oaky aroma. Dark toffee, sugary caramel, light plastic, a bit oaky, toffee, light butterscotch, dark fruity flavor. Pretty strong but way easier to drink than cuvée two to me.
jwr07 (113) - Decatur, Georgia, USA - APR 18, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Courtesy of roommate Ryan. Pours an attractive reddish amber color. Smells like sugar; it is going to be overly sweet. Uh oh. whoa. Waaay to sweet for my taste, incredibly sugary and malty. Finishes with some nice oak and pleasant malt, but this beer strikes me as totally unbalanced. Even if this beer was classified as a barleywine, it would still be too overbearingly cloying. Better luck next time ST.
phaleslu (5723) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 18, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz. bottle from Randall’s. It’s still on shelves there- not good. Pours a semi-hazed copper color with a small eggshell white head. Aroma of caramel, brown sugar, toast, dried berries, and resin. Some heat, too. Flavor of apples, dried berries, caramel, sugar, toast, butterscotch, and booze. Medium-full bodied, with a sweet, sticky mouthfeel and modest carbonation. A little too sweet and butterscotchy but not bad.
nyindiansfan (463) - rochester, New York, USA - APR 16, 2012
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle pours reddish brown nice head. Smells little oak booze caramel. Not a whole lot I liked taste wise with this too sweet. Forgettable
Dorwart (2333) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - MAR 17, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Decent sized off-white head of fine and dense bubbles. BIG caramel and butterscotch aroma with lots of sweet malts, fresh bread, some alcoholic notes and just a hint of the oaky tartness. Color is a dark mahagony. Very sweet and silky smooth on the tongue. More caramel and butter and a decent bitterness late swallow that dries out the sweetness a bit. Noticable alcohol presence and warming. Way too much sweetness to really get anything from the oak aging. Reminds me of a butter rum life saver. Finishes sweet and oily. A pretty good brew in the series but not my favorite.
Ontbeertaster (2257) - Ontario, CANADA - MAR 1, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
The aroma was less oaky then the first 2 but the flavour was very sweet and it was really quite nice, I dont see this being the first 2, maybe it was a fresher batch and the sweetness was there in the early goings for the first 2. But I liked the sweetness. Overall this one was quite drinkable. I would not recommend drinking any of these cuvees by ones self. Very strong stuff. Good offering
MrBeerFanatic (801) - Buffalo, New York, USA - FEB 29, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours medium amber with dark red hues with a light carbed head. Aromas of oak, candied cherry, toffee, molasses. Flavors of candied cherry, oak, alcohol, light bread, caramel, light coconut, and slight vanilla. Very sweet, alcohol highly noticeable, almost syrupy on palate. Tasty.