Guerde (1228) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 13, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
(bottle) Having this as a birthday beer. This is the 2015 bottling which clocks in at 13.5%. Pours a muddy reddish-brown with a tan head that quickly disappears. Aroma right off of the bat is a big bomb of barrel, with charred wood, oak, and vanilla. There are also underlying scents of dark fruit with a bit of a Red Vines vibe going on. Once the beer warms more, the aroma flips to being more dark fruit prominent. I’m getting a good amount of dried cherries and some plum here with just an undertone of barrel. This is definitely an improvement. Flavor also has an abundant dose of plum with a prominent toffee character emerging towards the finish which is accompanied by the barrel. With further warming, I get a little hit of bananas foster (weird). The barrel gets a little rough towards the finish with a little peek of char that’s mixed with the booze and it doesn’t taste all that pleasant. The mouthfeel does get a bit sticky. Overall a pretty solid BA barleywine, which just serves to perpetuate Steel Toe’s reputation of producing consistently good beers.
mabel (7455) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 2, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
[7376-20150710] Bottle. Light fruity grainy malt aroma. Hazy, dark amber brown body with a quick foamy off-white head. Sweet malty grains flavour has quite a sweet base. Medium body. Average. (7/3/7/3/14) 3.4
(c/o blankboy, shared with friends)
crajun (1090) - , Texas, USA - AUG 2, 2015
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
bomber - aged 1.5 years. still not a fan of this style but I think I like the English (non hop) versions better. Got a vinous/sherry in aroma followed by toffee and dark fruits. no carbonation. nice mahogany color. Taste similar to aroma with some alcohol. Much going on, not my style
tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - JUL 29, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle: Thanks, Scott. Two years old, I think? Dark, murky brown pour with almost no head. Big aroma of whiskey, dates, prunes, caramel, light papery oxidation, mild anise, a touch of smoke. Sweet flavor; very sweet. Lots of residual sugars. Brown sugar, dates, caramel, candied prunes, some strong whiskey and black cherry undertones lingering in the finish. Woody with a hint of charred cocoa & oxidation. Not bad.
blankboy (6651) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 28, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
[My bottle (750ml) shared with friends -- c/o Glouglouburp] Pours a murky dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma has lots of dark fruit along with caramel malt, alcohol and earthy notes. Flavour: Whoa, that’s strong! Really flavourful as well, it’s fruity, malty and boozy. Moderate bitter finish. Medium to full bodied. Boozy but still really good.
AdamChandler (3783) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 26, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown, cloudy, thick, no head. bottle is like 2 years old. Great aroma. Bourbon, whiskey, vanilla, coconut and brown sugar. Good sweetness. Thick mouthfeel, not a lot of carbonation. Good brown sugar and fig and a lot of raisin. Great booze. lots of flavor. very nice!
WillRunForBeer (1578) - Massachusetts, USA - JUL 26, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2 year old 750mL bottle from Scott, opened at Ratebeer Farmhouse Magnum Tasting v1. Thanks! Pours brown with an off white head. Aroma is molasses, date, raisin. Flavor is molasses, dates, mild whiskey and oak on the finish.
AirForceHops (4795) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 25, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle thanks to Scott on BA. Two year old bottle. Dark brown, super murky. Aroma is sweet with mild traces of whiskey. Lots of English influence.
Flavor is sweet right up front with huge English malt base, dark fruit out the ass on this one. Dates, figs, sticky sweet raisins dipped in sugar. The texture is sticky/ syrupy. Well, I really like it, the whiskey barely cuts through sweet malts. But, I enjoyed this a lot.
JK (5123) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - JUL 25, 2015
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2015 At all pints north. Brown color, and brown sugar .Very sweet. Some dried fruit. Lots of malt and earthy drynes at the finish.
jercraigs (8770) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 24, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
2015-07-10. Hazy dark brown body with a small quick head. 3+ Aroma is big, fairly alcoholic, rich malt character. Flavour is similar, boozey, rich malt, earthy, lightly herbaceous undertones. 7+ Medium to full bodied palate, carbonation. Bottle shared by Blankboy.