VastActiv (3524) - Oulu, FINLAND - FEB 18, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Ginger Man, New York. Colour is reddish brown with small white head. Aromas and flavours: Dark fruits, dry fruits, raisins, spices, ginger? and malts.
Quite dry barley wine.
sonnycheeba (4105) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 17, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap. Pours cola brown with creamy beige head. Aroma is rich bready and cookie malts, plums, raisins, caramel, black licorice, and molasses. Flavor is rich malt profile with medium floral hop bitterness, dark fruit esters, caramel, and faint woodiness. Medium/full body and medium carbonation.
snoworsummer (2968) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 17, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Pours hazy nut brown with a bubby off white head. Tastes like raisin, dried fruits, booze, toasted malt, and dry grapefruit hops. Light body and low carbonation. Smells like raisin, nutty malt, toast, and caramel.
Luvystypotables (945) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - FEB 17, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma of plums, bourbon and malt, pours a dark amber without much head. Taste of malt, and bourbon. Medium body with a sweet malt finish.
high_on_hops (748) - Burlingame, California, USA - FEB 10, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a deep brown with a short tan head and lacing. It has a rich aroma of vanilla, dark malt, plum, and dark cherry. The flavor is well balanced, with slightly toasty malt up front with a sweet, dark fruit finish over a smooth, medium-heavy body.
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nathan30533 (843) - Clifton, Ohio, USA - FEB 7, 2015
4.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Up, up, and away. This brew is amazing. Fruity and I can only guess about how it ages overtime. Enjoy.
Evolutionary (343) - Ohio, USA - FEB 7, 2015
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle not aged. Nose is sugary and sweet. Very smooth and sweet. Good color and mouthfeel. 10% hides in there. Looking forward to aging this one. I'd buy again although it's a bit $$$.
hopwine (492) - brooklynzzzzz, New York, USA - FEB 4, 2015
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nose is burnt sugar, caramel, booze, light raisin. Flavor is same plus an underlying bitterness. Okay but unremarkable
egg (129) - USA - FEB 3, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle on 2/3/15. Pours a dark brown with a thin light tan head that mostly dissipates pretty quickly. Nose is great, booze, bourbon, chocolate, brown sugar, dark fruit, caramel. Taste is the same, really good. A bit more fruit coming through, sweet, some hop bitterness, and alcohol burn. Delightful.
rangerred (989) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - JAN 26, 2015
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle into a pint glass.
Pours a very dark brown with a tiny light tan head. Some splotchy lacing on top but good foam around the edge of the glass.
Aroma is dark fruit and burnt sugar. A touch of pine and oak notes but it is all very weak. I was really hoping the aroma would pop a little more than it does.
The flavor has a huge shot of hop bitterness right off the bat. The hops really overwhelm whatever subtle flavors might be present. As the beer warms, some more dark fruit and oak comes through but it is still hampered by the bitterness. Sweet and pretty thick mouthfeel with some alcohol warmth on the finish.
Overall, I had very high hopes for this beer and feel a bit let down. Maybe a couple years on this will ease the bitterness but I feel like there are some really good flavors buried in there.