Doghair (189) - Illinois, USA - OCT 26, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
Aroma is great. Malt, caramel, molasses and rasins. Taste is big malt, caramel and rasin. Actually tastes like rasin bread on the finish. Amazing!
jmagnus87 (2027) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - OCT 21, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle poured into a snifter. From notes. Don’t remember the batch number, but it is a newer batch. Dark fermented fruits, caramel and toffee, slight hop bitterness. Still on the hot side. Good, but needs some age on it.
Dr_MedievAle (105) - USA - OCT 18, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
aroma: hot caramel, mission figs, and maraschino cherries are balanced by floral hops. appearance: dark, ruby-brown. off-white head. amazing lacing: foam makes a delicate arch on the glass and breaks down into a uniform line of alcohol beads. taste; this is where it’s a little upsetting. almost too sweet, with the caramel giving way easily to the sweet fig taste. but ends with a harsh bitterness that stays and stays. palate: sticky with average carbonation. bitter finish.
tectactoe (642) - Michigan, USA - OCT 10, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: deep, muddy copper & brown-ish; solid, opaque body with a small, creamy, tan film that has very good retention. Aroma is full of booze-soaked raisins, brunt brown sugar, rum, bitter black cherries, and some finishing floral & hoppy notes, a little obscure and lost in the malty mix. Taste includes a warming alcohol presence that’s tamed by sweet raisins, plums, dark figs, caramelized & almost burnt sugar. Hops are more vibrant on the palate, nearly citric at times with a tight, bitter bite on the very back end. Thick, syrupy body, chewy mouth feel. Totally delicious beer, and one of the best barleywines you can still get in a six pack.
NeoHippie2 (623) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - OCT 9, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
2009 batch. Dark brown pour with some sediment. Aromas of toffee, caramel, roasted malts, and coffee. Big roasted flavor with coffee notes and lots of dark fruit. It almost tastes like a cross between a stout and a barleywine. Very complex. Slightly dry finish at first but sweetens as it warms. Little warmth from the abv comes through in the finish as well. Great beer!
njager246 (217) - grand rapids, Michigan, USA - SEP 29, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at bells ec,Great carmel and maple aroma... similar malt flavor, really good!!!
bubblehouse (118) - louisville, Kentucky, USA - SEP 26, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Delicous barleywine. Very fruity with a wonderful aroma and leaves a nice sticky taste in your mouth.
radagast83 (3734) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - SEP 23, 2013
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Poured a dark, somewhat hazy brown color with a small off-white head. Aroma is caramel notes, malts, lots of sweet dried fruits in this one. Brown sugars, maple and malts round this one out. A but heavy on the booze, this one would probably age quite well but is a little sweet and hot for me.
Mittenator (866) - Michigan, USA - SEP 16, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Reno's east. Deep burgundy with a big, beige head. Dark fruit and candy. Sweet, sticky and resiny.
Steasy66 (713) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 11, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep prune color with one finger creamy white head. Aroma is pure dark fruit with a bit of yeast. Flavor is just a bit lacking, opens with dark fruit but finishes with some woody acidity and generic sweetness. Not a bad beer, but perhaps needs age to be great.