fidelis83 (1793) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - APR 10, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Gold wax dipped pint bottle with metal stamp. Pours somewhat hazy, dark amber-orange with a 1 finger, creamy beige head that fades to a ring quickly. Aroma is big on caramel, sweet citrus syrup, buttery toffee, toasted nuts, a touch of pine and sweet grain. Flavor is sweet buttery toffee, more citrus, some rinds, cooked stone fruit, sweet dates, sweet sherry, some dark fruit, earth and sherry notes come out as it warms. Palate is medium bodied, syrupy throughout and lightly carbonated. Pretty decent barley wine, a bit on the lighter side of the barley wine spectrum and not super complex, but tasty and deceptively strong.
blutt59 (5999) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 6, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle, cloudy copper color with excellent aroma of french toast sticks, flavor falls off a little but still quite drinkable, with bready sour malt and marmalade and cherry
crossovert (6119) - Illinois, USA - FEB 21, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tbh I canít identify the vintage of this one, it looks like the one pictured but without the tag. I bought it recently from Discount Liquor, they also had the silver one. Im guessing it is 06 but i could be wrong.
Pours a deep reddish amber with a 1 finger off-white head that quickly dissipates. It appears to be decently carbonated with bubbles racing ot the surface.
The smell has a ton of butterscotch, caramel, and alcohol notes.
The taste is a bit thin for the style but the nice mouthfeel helps it out. The taste has a lot of toffee and maltiness. There is some fruitiness as well. It is sweet but not overly cloying, but not overly interesting. The alcohol never gets in the way.
Overall it is a decent attempt at the style but there are other better ones out there.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 01-23-2010 05:40:53
alobar (2588) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 13, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thick cloudy dark amber pour with a cream-colored head that vanishes as quickly as it pours. Aroma is a bit metallic, but sweet with caramel malts molasses, and dark fruit dominant. Medium body. Dark fruit, caramel, and molasses dominate the flavor with a disappointing metallic finish.
SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - JAN 28, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at the SLC Holiday Tasting. Lightly hazy amber pour with little head. Aroma of sweet malt and ripe dark fruit. Flavor is super sweet fruit and malt, with almost no balancing bitterness.
13mikey (503) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - DEC 19, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
16 oz bottle from TC Craft. Pours a deep caramel brown color with a couple fingers of eggshell colored head that quickly fades to virtually nothing. Aroma is pretty boozy (not in a bad way) with some dark fruit notes, specifically raisin. Flavor matches the description quite well, definitely has some qualities of port & sherry although the hops have not surprisingly faded completely away. Nice sweet finish that makes your tongue think you have indeed been drinking something from the wine family.
Tmoney99 (9974) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 23, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by alexsdad06. Poured clear copper color with a large frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate to heavy dark fruit, toffee and alcohol aroma. Medium to full body with a thick smooth texture and flat carbonation. Moderate to heavy complex fruity sweet flavor with a medium to heavy sweet and alcohol burn finish that was moderate to long lasting. This is a complex beer.
alexsdad06 (4349) - Ohio, USA - NOV 16, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
2007 bottle. Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a thin whitish foam on top. The aroma is rather sweet, with an emphasis on toasted caramel malts, raisins, ripe fruits and honey. At this point, the alcohol seems to be more hidden. The flavor is more of the same: sweetness, ripe fruits, some oxidation. The finish is very soft to the point that it almost disappears. No bitterness to speak of. Medium-full body. This didnít offer much outside of a fruity sweetness. I would like to see more complexity here.
TreborWhip (386) - Reading, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 11, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle pours clear amber with spare off-white head. Aroma and flavors of cookies, caramel, and apples....almost reminds you of an apple dumpling from Pennsylvania Dutch country. Nice balance of candied sugars and tartness of Granny Smith apples.
Glouglouburp (5929) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 5, 2010
1.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
In short: A gross disgusting sweet mess.
How: Bottles at two different tastings. This rating for a bottle at Post- BCTC 2010 tasting
The look: Almost clear copper body topped by a beige ring of foam
In long: Nose is uber sweet with vegetal notes. Taste is slimy, honey, rotting stuff, sport gear sweat, vomit, whatever. Someone popped up a bottle at a later tasting two months later (working through my backlog here) and it was just as bad. I donít know whatís wrong with that brewery but this is not the first beer I rate below 2 from them. That beer is like a gay bull. It is fucking bullshit.