nick76 (4128) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 24, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
The aroma is very hoppy with citrus and malty with caramel. The appearance is deep amber with an average head. The taste is like the aroma and astringent. The palate is thin. Overall it’s interesting.
cbfobes (1944) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 22, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared by TheAlum in the GTMW ticket line, thanks Adam! Pours a dark brown with a thin soapy white head, the aroma has a ton of caramel and malt with some bread notes coming through, the flavor was nutty with some caramel and malt in the finish, pretty sweet overall and had a slick mouthfeel, meh.
Dogbrick (6864) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 8, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample at the Central OH BA Tasting at From The Vine on 06/02/2012: Nearly opaque ruddy orange-brown color with a medium thick off-white head that recedes slowly. Small patches of lacing. Malt, molasses and dark fruit in the nose. Medium to full body with flavors of roasted malts and nuts, fruit and earthy hops. The finish is hoppy with some pine and nut notes left behind. Pretty beer all around.
PeteInOblivion (2) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUN 2, 2012 does not count
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from a 750ml bottle. Poured a murky orange-brown - very short lived minimal head leaving just a hint of lacing. Very little carbonation. Aroma of brown sugar/molasses, pecans, caramel. Tastes of booze, with a really nice mix of sweetness to hop bitterness. After reading so many reviews of high carbonation, I wonder if something went wrong with this bottle, but still tastes amazing. Nice alcohol warming and it grows as it comes up in temperature. Perhaps a bit lighter than a traditional barley wine, but I really enjoyed this beer.
madvike (2404) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 23, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle shared by TheAlum in GTMW ticket line...thanks Adam! - Pours murky amber with a thin bubbly white ring of head. Nose is big caramel sweetness, big layers of bready malt. Pretty one-note. A little sharp oak on the taste, with pecans, bready malt, and a long sweet finish. Carbonated with a big slick body. Just not my favorite style.
jtclockwork (6259) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 15, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to Marco. Pours muddy brown with off white/light beige head. Nose/taste of baked pecans, toasted biscuit malt, caramel, toast, light toffee and hints of citrus. Body on the lighter side for a barleywine. Lots of sweet pecan nuts in the finish. Medium body.
TheAlum (4989) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - MAY 6, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared in line for GTMW tickets (Madison, WI). Pours a rich murky brownish hue, good murky clouding with amber glow on the edges, with a frothy beige head that dies to a good thicker ring, laces ok. Aromas offer dry florals and a good solid dry hopping, touches of toffee, caramel, and pecans. Gentle toffee, biscuits, bread, and toast. Some firm dryness. Initial is fuller end of medium bodied, offering toasty and thicker sweet toffee, carmelization toasty and buttery pecans, bread, dough. Middle is still dry and middle body, sweet nuts, earth, and toffee. Backend dries out, toasty and carmelized, dry floral and earth hops. Pretty solid.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 22, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 23, 2012 750ml Bottle: Got in trade from biggsbowler; THANKS Randall. Aroma of malt, caramel, light hops, barley wine, light dark ripe fruit, light pecan, and some brown sugar. Poured deep orange/brown in color with a large, creamy, dense, rocky, tan head that diminished but lasted throughout. Cloudy. Very sparkling. Very good lacing. Flavor is light to medium sweet and medium bitter. Tastes of malt, hops, wood, and some caramel. Medium body. Creamy, slick, then dry texture. Average carbonation. Lightly sweet, medium bitter, malt, hop, wood, finish is dry. 13%ABV is completely hidden throughout. Not much pecan at all.
DialSquare (2051) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - APR 21, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml bottle. Muddy brown pour with a thin tan head. Aroma is malt, butterscotch, nutty and earthy. Tastes are sweet mix of the smells with caramel, citrus and pine bitterness. A little overly sweet up front for my tastes - but balances out a bit with the boozy bitter finish. Ok.
craftbeerdesign (2132) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 14, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle. pours a murky, sludgy dark amber with a small white head. sweet nose with dark fruits, sugar, caramel and pecans. med to full body - very sweet throughout with lots of residual sugars. raisin, dates, light vanilla and caramel coat the mouth. sweet finish with pecans lasting through the ending. this beer is enjoyable and interesting with the pecans added, but overall is way too sweet.