snoworsummer (2948) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 19, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Mash í14. Draft at the Bruery. Pours clear copper with a fizzy beige head. Tastes like sweet dark fruits, raisins, roasted malt, booze, chocolate. Light/medium body and low carbonation. Smells like raisins, dark fruits, booze, and a hint of ashy wood.
dogfishho (645) - Bloomfield, New Jersey, USA - APR 1, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
My favorite barrel-aged barleywine. Alcohol is well-hidden, all things considered. Nice sweet toffee and bread notes with vanilla and stewed fruit. Light up the fire and chill out for a long winterís nap.
PartyFowle (296) - - MAR 28, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Bubbly. Lots of foam springs up as the dark burgundy liquid flows -- about one inch of tan fluff. Fairly clear, scarlet with sunlight. Tons of ethanol in the nose, like sniffing bourbon. Caramel, maple, vanilla bean, burnt sugar. Fairly sweet. Nice oak. Smooth blend in the flavor. Again, bourbon-heavy, tons of oak, vanilla and alcohol. Moderate earthy bitterness. Heat lingers on sides of the tongue. A little lacking complexity. Maybe some dark cherry sweetness. Carbonation Is low and dies quickly. At the end of the glass, itís almost flat. Sticky, sugary medium. Bigger alcohol flavor than feel. Almost more like drinking bourbon than beer. Decent, smooth, bourbon heavy but not intense. Iíll probably enjoy the coffee version more.
popery (1575) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 28, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
The beer is a deep rosy brown with a tan head. The liquid is quite clear with no apparent sediment. Thereís a lot of nice bouncing around in the aroma. Iím getting toffee, molasses, vanilla, mild citrus, coconut, caramel and dates. Itís maybe a bit too sweet and simple, without quite as much depth and chewiness as you might want, but itís not too hot and thereís a lot of very pleasant interplay of malt and bourbon. The taste starts big and sweet with coconut, vanilla and toffee/butterscotch/caramel, and then has a spicy, woody middle and lingering oaky finish. A little bit of booze at the end. Mouthfeel is medium full. Could be a bit chewier. Itís a solid barrel-aged barleywine, but it just doesnít have the darker, richer notes of the top of the style.
solidfunk (4874) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - FEB 18, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Another mess of a Bruery beer. Itís a good thing they only subject their reserve society to this stuff. Too big. Bitter finish, thick syrupy pour. Not my thing. Bottle shared at tasting.
luttonm (2906) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 17, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Brony Tasting, DC. Clean brown. Soapy foam. Big sweet, under fermented malt aroma. Peppery sweet, ruddy malt. Eh, alright.
GenDV138 (2733) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - FEB 17, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle I brought to the DC Tasting. Clear amber with off-white head. Aromas of dark fruit, caramel, toffee. Tastes of caramel, dark fruit, light whiskey. Medium body with a dry finish.
Travlr (14694) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 15, 2015
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Brony Bottle Share. Hazy amber brown. Aroma of boozy butterscotch. Taste is similar.
jackl (5368) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - FEB 15, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
OH MY GAWD RESERVE SOCIETY EXCLOOOSIVE!! Bottle at Travlrís. hazy amber with a small head. Nose of caramel, toffee donut. Light coffee accents. Strong grain. Taste is so sweet. Malt juice. Caramel. Full body, active carb.
kraddel (4344) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - FEB 15, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours unclear dark amber . Smell is grainy, sweet, intense . Taste is bitter, sweet, thick grains . Intense , bit boozy . Some fruits . Caramelly . Nice