bu11zeye (12717) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 30, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(330ml bottle) Pours a clear amber body with a small off-white head. Aroma of caramel, bread, dark fruit, and roasted malt. Flavor of honey, toffee, caramel, dark fruit, and almonds with a hot, mildly bitter finish.
Scopey (12511) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 12, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Healthy Spirits, SF. It pours deep ruby brown, with a thin foamy off-white head. The nose is wood, nut, leather, caramel, marzipan, marshmallow, spice, plum and red grape. The taste is caramel, toffee, leather, nougat, marzipan, fig, raisin, plum, vinous notes, brown sugar and some alcohol warmth, with a dry finish. Full body and fine carbonation. Not cloying. Well balanced. I imagine this will only get better with time.
hopdog (11560) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 12, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Poured a deep mahogany color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of dark fruits, caramel, toffee, some earthiness, and some woodiness. Tastes of caramel, dark fruits, lighter earthiness, chocolate, and some roast. Smooth and easy drinking for 10%.
Sammy (11178) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 26, 2011
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Superior English style barleywine. Dark colour, dark fruit, toffee, booze balanced with a subdued sweetness, cherry, fig, vanilla.Some mollasses and massive rich malts. Very drinkable, so smooth. Above average mouthfeel. I am sure ageing would make it even more amazing.Thanks again M.-P.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Date: January 01, 2011
Source: Tasting, Dan NYE
Appearance: clear dark brown, wispy beige head, bits of lace
Aroma: sweet malty aroma, light smokeyness, candy sweetness, light earthyness
Flavor: sweet malt flavor, dark caramel sweetness, touch of candy character, light smokeyness
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 15/20
Score: *** /4
daknole (10872) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUL 12, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown. Maple, raisins, prunes, buckwheat pancake aroma. Flavor is sweet with some fresh cane syrup, prunes, vanilla and molasses. Good stuff!
Stuu666 (10619) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 12, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Craig’s. Pours dark brown, nose is fruity, caramel, taste is bitter, dry, thin, sweet, a bit prickly.
hopscotch (10612) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 29, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle… This beer rocks!… Deep, dark copper ale with a small, creamy, white head. Lasting retention. The bouquet is a luxuriant intermingling of caramel, toffee, ruby port, light molasses and toasted pecans with a splash of coffee. Full-bodied and oily with supple carbonation. The flavor is a complex, lightly vinous, hearty mélange of sweet caramel malts, buttery toffee, crusted port and rich coffee. Malty, but fairly balanced, warming finish. More reminiscent of a Scotch ale than a barley wine. World class beer from a classy, masterful brewery!
KimJohansen (10420) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - SEP 28, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear mahogany with a medium beige head. Sweet aroma with roasted malt, caramel, overripe fruits and cake. Flavor was quite sweet with roasted malt, caramel, dark overripe fruits and vinious notes. Finished sweet.
slowrunner77 (10145) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 1, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
11.2 ounces goes a long way. dark ruby brown. full bodied and boozy without quite being hot, but the booziness and sweetness are persistent. not any real hop presence, but a complex cornucopia of dark roasty malts, chocolate, plum/raisin and other dark fruits, with a hint of smoke. kinda like a wee heavy, kinda like a barleywine. good stuff, though I’ll have to have another House ale, which i remember being slightly better. this should age well...not til 2020 but for a year or two."