djd07 (3976) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUN 10, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle thanks to Rob. Pours a dark brown with medium creamy tan head that lasts. The aroma is strong rye, oak, and wood. Slick mouthfeel with strong dark fruit, rye, wood, and light boozy finish. Very good.
sic1314 (3880) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - NOV 28, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured deep dark brown with a dark beige head. Aroma of sweet berries, caramel malt, quite meaty. Full body, flavour as the aroma, chocolate and fudge.
TheEpeeist (3414) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 12, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
25.4 oz bottle. Dark brown with a coating tan slick. Nose is whiskey, coffee, chocolate liqueur and caramel. Medium to full body with a prickly tang. You can feel the heat but the alcohol is well hidden. Taste is caramel, whiskey, coffee and grapefruit with sweeter chocolate, blackberry and vanilla creeping in. Certainly interesting and a novel concept, though not quite top tier.
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - OCT 3, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750ml bottle from Atom, thanks Adam! Pours a near black, very deep brown, ruby tinted body with a thin, creamy, dark brown head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is pretty damn good. Loaded with deep caramels and dark chocolates, but a really nice woody rye aspect behind the malts. A good amount of roasts, a light vanilla, some whiskey, toasted coconut, and a few dark fruits. Flavor is just as enjoyable. A light rye spiciness and wood up front with a big dark chocolate and caramel maltiness. Very rich and not cloying in the least bit. Some whiskey in the middle with a soft vanilla note, some dark fruits, and a bit of a toasted coconut. A good amount of roasts towards the end as the wood and whiskey increase a bit before this finishes rich and malty, but pretty dry and moderately bitter from a rye spiced, earthy, roasty bitterness. Warming, lengthy aftertaste following a medium-full, smooth body that never gets too chewy or boozy with a soft, light carbonation. Overall, a pretty impressive barleywine. Rich and complex with a really well balanced barrel character while hiding the big ABV% nicely. One of the better beers that I’ve had in awhile. Excellent.
tom10101 (3160) - Quebec, CANADA - MAR 10, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 11, 2013 Bottle (750 ml). Traded by SourNotes, thanks! Dark brown with a small quickly disappearing brown head. Aroma of coconut, bourbon, vanilla, sweetness, ashes... harsh and boozy. Taste is moderately to heavy sweet with bourbon, vanilla, wood, alcohol, ashes, roasted malt and slight bitterness. Mouthfeel is dry. Burning alcohol. Big deception here. Not as complex as I thought it would be... harsh and boozy... doesn’t get together very well. Sipper... but not my favorite one.
Steve_0 (2901) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 5, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle in Glenwood Springs with friends, courtesy of Aaron. Thanks Man! Pour is pitch black with a small brown head and good lacing. Big roasty, dark cocoa, espresso, somewhat earthy, vanilla, raisins, and nutty aroma. Taste is chocolate, bourbon, coffee, caramelly, some raisins, sweet vanilla, nutty, a touch of leather, and toast with a smooth cocoa finish. Full mouthfeel with soft carbonation. Really tasty stuff and I love the cocoa and toasted malt notes.
MrHangover (2866) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - NOV 30, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @ THT November. Pours a pitch black beer without any head on top. Aroma has loads of coffee, bourbon vanilla, chocolate and caramel. Flavor is incredibly sweet, loads of chocolate and bourbon going on. Immense body, very strong flavors and silky mouthfeel complete this beer. An underdog for sure!
50belair (2524) - Florida, USA - DEC 3, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Dark brown with a fleeting white head. Nice chocolatey bouquet. Lots of caramel malts, chocolates, rye, and spice notes. Oak and vanilla lowlights. Not exactly in line with the style, but still solid. Good body and mouthfeel.
johnnnniee (2516) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 24, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from MeadMe, thanks again, shared with the TC crew.
black with an off white head, dark sugary with lots of hop and a ton of ethanol, hints of vanilla and oak. A bit boozy but nice sipper.
jcnielsen (2326) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - SEP 14, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Thanks to bnielsen13 for sharing. Pours a black color with light tan head. Dark malt, roasted, bourbon aroma. Roasted, coconut, chocolate malt flavor. One of the best beers so far at Brad Fest 2012.