Imaena (1628) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 1, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught. This is a nice BW with lots of sweetness and complexity. A great sipping beer for fall in the South.
ansermadide (1407) - Kyle, Texas, USA - FEB 23, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Medium-orange/brown in color with a light brown head, this seemingly barleywine-style ale has a dull, soft malt aroma, soapy sweet, with a touch of (perhaps) rye and earthy hops in the nose. It’s a lot like a very bright old ale in the mouth, a little fruity, and syrupy sweet on the palate. It finishes a little thick, but well balanced. Very much like an English barleywine, full and meaty but not cloying.
Westmeister (1299) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 17, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle for 7.50 (I think). Pours a murky red/brown with a decent off-white head. Some decent initial lacing. Aroma was of mild, not over the top bourbon, oak and caramel maltiness. Nice. Taste of bourbon, vanilla, some dark fruit splashes, oak, caramel. Full-bodied with a creamy smooth finish. I dig it b/c the label says only 1/3 matured in bourbon barrels. This lends to a known but more subtle approach to barrel-aging. This actually is one of finest beers Terrapin has put out. Quite lovely.
arkurzynski (1287) - West Bend, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 16, 2013
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle from JCB. Thanks! A murky red brown pour with little head. Aroma is quite sweet with cherry, thick caramel, mild dark fruits, booze, and faint degraded hops. Flavor continues with the sweet theme of cherry, syrupy malt, caramel, brown sugar, and faint dark fruit. Lingering sweet, syrupy malt. Some alcohol. Relatively thin, but slightly slick palate. A real lack of bourbon barrel character. Too much syrupy sweetness for my liking.
zizzybalubba (1254) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - JUN 30, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz. bottle from Bruisin’ Ales, Asheville, NC. Murky brown pour with a quick off-white head. Aroma of maple, booze, and light citrus hops. Bourbon and oak are wonderfully integrated in the flavor yet not overpowering. Mixes vanilla, oak, tangerine, caramel, coconut, and just a touch of alcohol that can be found on the finish. Really nice!
GTAEgeek (940) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 25, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Growler from Exhibit A(le). Dark brown pour with a small, tan head. The aroma is molasses, oak, vanilla, rye bread, and hop spiciness. Very sweet and some savory spiciness. Heavy body, sticky, and syrupy. Overall, this is a very delicious, heavy, and surprisingly easy-drinking beer.
rajendra82 (911) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - SEP 28, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
The mahogany colored body was clear, and the head was small. The beer had the classic barleywine look down pat. The smell was very fruity, with figs, raisins, and cherries, with a drizzling of brown sugar. The taste was quite sweet and showcased the wood aging quite well. There were clear oak notes, vanilla, toffee, cherries, and some orange zest. Each sip felt quite delicate for such a big beer. The body may be faulted a little for being too thin, but it added to the mellow qualities that this beer. Easy to drink for the style.
Gachupines (745) - USA - DEC 29, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Murky brown with a decent off white head which dissipates quickly. Aroma is dark fruit, mainly raisins. Flavor is raisins with hops and a little sticky resin flavor. Body is a little thin and it finishes slightly watery for all the flavor in the foreground. Decent, but not awesome.
slang (654) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - NOV 1, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
bomber. Murky brown w/ oak nose. Starts earthy and woodsy; finishes bourbon. Heavy malts. Bought on impulse, I don’t usually care for bourbon aged beers. No change here.
Malty_MacHops (630) - Eastanollee, Georgia, USA - JAN 12, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Malty aromas in the toffee and caramel range. Deep brown with no head. Balanced towards the sweet end. Full bodied and warming with a balanced finish.