GTAEgeek (1584) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JAN 8, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle. Dark brown with a medium, tan head. The aroma is caramel, cut grass, chalk, and milk chocolate. The flavor is malty sweetness, with a nice mild bitterness in the finish. Medium body, a little astringent, and thick. Overall, this is a nice winter warmer, with a delicious low-level bitterness.
RoyOD (1) - Portland, Alabama, USA - NOV 15, 2015 does not count
1.1 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 2/20
Ugh...Liquid Smoke, bitter and boring.
Where’s the malt? Another homage to the bitter sensory deprived. Cough drop
mjg74 (2910) - La Mesa, California, USA - APR 26, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Lifesource. Deep amber in color. Nose is fairly rich and roasty. Some dark fruit and a little candy sugar. Malts and dark fruit up front with a pretty good hoppy kick in the end. Enjoyable winter brew.
julesjis (256) - Oregon, USA - MAR 13, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from a 12. Has a nice strong ale aroma. Flavor is slightly bitter, caramel and creamy. Doesn’t have all the crazy, overspiced flavor to it, which is awesome! Great seasonal beer!
maxwelldeux (4219) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - JAN 26, 2015
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours a hazy dark amber color with an impossibly tick light tan head on there. Nose has some grains and caramel to it. Taste is a bit of alcohol, leading me to believe it’s stronger than it is, and reminds of a barleywine with that caramel.
DrinkyCrow (99) - Washington, USA - DEC 24, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Dark cloudy appearance. Malty and a little sweet, some bitterness but overall well balanced.
smallfry (169) - - DEC 24, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2014 (Bottle) I like it! Slightly on the bitter side but still with some heavy sweetness. A good stronger ale. One of my favorite "six-pack" beers.
alliance100 (1050) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - SEP 22, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle - pours a murky amber . Aromas of dates and figs . Taste is burnt caramel , dark fruits with a bit of warming alcohol . Solid .
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
improvjock (325) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 27, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the Terminal Gravity brewpub in Enterprise, OR. Pours a dark semi-red brown with tan head. Aroma of candied fruits and malts. Taste is mostly malty with a somewhat bitter hop aftertaste. Pretty well-balanced. Sticky mouth-feel, not too heavy.
fiulijn (16924) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 2, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Whole Foods on Westlake, Seattle; 8.4% ABV
It pours a cloudy dark amber to brown color with generous creamy head. Mild caramel aroma, with a hint of mature apples. Good body, with moderate sweetness; strong caramel flavor, again a hint of apples which is not a positive sign, then the expected strong bitterness, and some hop resins; some nuts in the final.
Not bad, but unexciting.
pdx77 (1484) - Oregon, USA - MAR 1, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On draught at Lucky Labrador for the 17th Annual Barleywine and Big Beer Festival. 2009 vintage. Dark amber color. Aroma is tart citrus, toffee, honey, and pie cherries. Taste is tart pitted fruit, roasted malt, simple syrup, and citrus hops. Aging has added some oxidation. Fairly well-balanced strong ale.