slowrunner77 (10242) - Reno, Nevada, USA - AUG 22, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Not a WHOLE lot different than the base, bcause the barrel still is the preveailing component. Maybe a little smaller with a quick earthy shot and touch of tart, but you really gotta work for it. Worthy addition
Jesterdeal (1985) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - AUG 15, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared with the Epic. Aroma of toffee, chocolate, caramel, and oak. Pours sticky hazy brown with light white lacing. Taste is Werthers original caramel, heath bar toffee, and condensed bourbon (as if there was such a thing). This was one giant candy bar and I loved it.
cernjoh (183) - Ohio, USA - JUN 29, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from a bottle obtained at the Bruery. Aroma is of dark fruits, brown sugar, and booze. Appearance is a dark cloudy amber brown with a one finger light tan head. Taste is of prunes and molasses with a slight bitterness. Palate is very good with a pleasant amount of carbonation. Overall an excellent English Barleywine. Cheers.
ineedbeer (1858) - Oakland, California, USA - JUN 25, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle.
Aroma is very rich with lots of caramel, toffee and burnt sugar. Light chocolate and roast notes. Medium light raisin, fig and prune notes. Light alcohol spice. Medium light oak notes as it warms.
Pours a murky, muddy brown with a medium small, somewhat thin, tan head that recedes fairly quickly to the edges where it lingers a bit.
Flavor is similar to the aroma but with a bit more fruit notes. Moderately strong caramel, toffee, burnt sugar and treacle. Medium light toasted bread notes with light chocolate and faint roast notes. Medium fruit notes of raisin, cherry, berry, plum and fig. Medium bitterness with moderate alcohol spice. Medium to medium light oak notes.
Mouthfeel is medium full to full bodied with medium low carbonation. Low, but present astringency with moderate alcohol warmth.
Overall, a pretty enjoyable beer with a lot of malt sugar complexity. Nice, balanced fruit notes with a decent amount of oak. Alcohol is fairly well hidden, but also fairly strong.
AdamChandler (4540) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 22, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Gross pour, pretty much toilet water. Great smell of caramel and burnt brown sugar and figs. Taste is great, peach skin, sugary with a touch of melon. Quite boozy but not much for 15%
rxeight (2626) - Illinois, USA - JUN 19, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown. Very boozy barleywine. Lots of caramel. The bourbon is there but almost overpowered by the strong beer. This is a solid barleywine. Not king Henry but on par with the beers below like moas.
vtafro (6731) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JUN 10, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Brown pour with tan head. Dark malt, spices, sweet, dank aromas. Flavors are dark, spiced, barrel like, and full.
marcus (9231) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUN 8, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from The Bruery. Pours reddish brown with a transient beige head and a sour fruit and toffee aroma. There is a burnt molasses and vanilla flavor with a slightly sour slightly bitter finish and a warm alcohol trail. Very tasty. A fortunate accident indeed.
oRos (1560) - sacramento, California, USA - JUN 8, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from the bruery.com pours murky brown. Aroma of booze. Taste is big booze with a Carmel backbone.
jbeatty (1244) - New York, USA - MAY 28, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, thanks to Mac, 05/28/2014. Pours dark brown, cream tan head dies to a thin ring of lacing around the glass, ample carbonation still apparent. Aroma is spun golden caramel, vanilla raisin, subtle chocolate, light airy yeast quality in the middle with light jammy tartness, smooth transition to round bourbon finish. Taste is caramel, golden raisin, touch of grassy bitterness and roast mid-palate, vanilla and bourbon. Thick body. Overall, a lighter version of the anniversary beer, a few interesting notes and accents from the saison. Tasty.