Mora2000 (5307) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JUL 21, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle. Red-amber pour with a tan head. The aroma is full of oak, vanilla, caramel and maple. The flavor is similar with some strong caramel and oak notes, as well as some sweet maple, vanilla and a touch of alcohol. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
BMMillsy (1097) - Florida, USA - JUL 19, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JUL 27, 2013 Bottle to snifter at World of Beer Tioga. Pours a reddish brown, clear, with nearly no head. Aroma of sweet hard candy, but if hops but heavy of the caramel malt. Flavor is toffee, biscuit, hard candy, dry oak, vanilla root beer. Plenty going on but super sweet. Slick mouthfeel with lowish carbonation. Not bad.
kidmartinek (3216) - austin, Texas, USA - JUN 22, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Whoa! Deep caramel color. Dense but small taupe head. Aroma is toffee with some caramel and oak. Flavor is woody, sweet, resinous alcoholic malt, but smooth. Rhubarb comes to mind. Very smooth and strong. Start, donít finish with this.
Elwood (2960) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - JUN 17, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Serving: 22 oz. bottle from State Line Liquors. It pours a deep orange color with a thick and dense off white head. The nose is powerful with tons of overripe orange, lighter oak, and a little caramel sweetness. The flavor starts off with a bit of caramel but segues quickly into bold citrus notes, vanilla, oak, and a solid bitterness on the back end. Full bodied with lots of soft carbonation and a lasting finish. I couldnít get over how much orange and citrus was in this brew. It worked really well overall and I would recommend this one.
ansermadide (1430) - Kyle, Texas, USA - JUN 15, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wow! What a looker this is! Bold, dark amber in color with some vicious
carbonation that lifts slowly off the bottom of the glass, then by the middle of the
glass it begins a violent rush to the surface. This rapid carbonation produces a
wickedly dense, foamy off-white head that looks like frothed milk. Softly sweet in
the nose, it only hints at an alcohol presence. Itís very smooth and pleasant in
the mouth, dense in malt chewiness but not cloying - the alcohol and almost
earthy, candy-like hop and malt combo gives it a touch of dessert beer, while the
yeast and ,alts keep it real. Itís a very nice balance of sweet/sticky and hearty,
and very much like an old ale to be honest. The sweet malt stickiness really
hangs on the lips for quite a while. Heavily caramelized malts, a candy-like
experience on the palate... the mouthfeel of an old ale, and the hopppiness of
an American Barleywine. What more could you want? Itís hard to pull out any
oak from this, and perhaps itís so subtle that it only adds to the softness. A
pretty slick, classy, sweet barleywine with an English body and an American
Miked1687 (570) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUN 13, 2013
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Southern tier tasting at coles. Pours a dark red Amber with an off white head that laces and sticks around. Smell is hoppy and complex with flowers and definitely a big oak presence. Taste is immensely smooth. Oak brings everything in together. Mellowed out hops, caramel, light bitter finish.
OKplus (787) - Oklahoma, USA - JUN 11, 2013
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
On tap at Southern Tier brewery.
A - Poured a mahogany brown with a thin cream cap. Very pretty beer.
S - Lots of oak, buttery caramel, vanilla, rich candy toffee, burnt raisins, licorice, alcohol.
T - Super dense malt, oak was very heavy, vanilla, burnt brown sugar, candy toffee, burnt raisins, pine and hints of citrus.
M - Full body, creamy feel, low carbonation, warming.
This beer is either way too young or just doesnít work. Very raw and powerful flavors all around. Nothing seemed to mesh well. Iíd like to try a bottled version with some time on it.
Serving type: on-tap
Hopswagger (177) - South Carolina, USA - JUN 8, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
P: Murky mahogany color with a fast fading taupe froth. Wet lacing forms on the sides.
S: Heavy wood aroma, vanilla, sweet roasted caramel malt, creole spices, roasted barley, and a faint old milk aroma.
T/M: Super sweet upfront with toasted caramel, syrup, brown sugar, drinks similar to really sweet tea but with loads of smoldered barley and wood. Hops are earthy and very mild while faint chocolate lingers in the backdrop. A nice full body with moderate carbonation.
O: I hate to say it but Iím not a fan of this one. I like that the oak cuts the sweetness but its just too understated for the brigade of sweetness that attacks the palate. Itís like drinking overly sweetened tea. Well put together and easy drinking gives this a bump in points. I read reviews about a strong hop profile so I really want to try a fresh version.
mnmike (978) - Minnesota, USA - MAY 30, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap. The big takeaway for me with this one was the strong hop profile for a barley wine - I like it
solidfunk (2796) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - MAY 25, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Wooden barrel strong here. Oak really gets into the taste. Pours clear brown with good lacing, a little head. Finishes wooden oaky bSlick texturw.itter. Mild carbonation. Not a super strong barley wine, nut ok. Unbalanced on oak. Tap at coles.