jtclockwork (8440) - , New Jersey, USA - JUN 8, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a purplish burgundy in glass with little white head. Nose is fig, raisin and molasses. Taste is sweet fig, brown sugar and dark fruits. There is a nice dry bitterness to it.
JoeMcPhee (8410) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 20, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep amber brown beer with a lot of haze. The aroma is pretty solid. Big spicy/earthy hop nose with a lot of orange peel and herbal notes as well. Dark chewy malts with a bit of crackery/bready malts. Orange peel and a sweet but restrained maltiness. The hops seem to be fading a bit allowing a bready matliness to come to the fore. Sort of a light rummy spiciness as well. It’s lightly vineous, but also quite restrained. Light stone fruit on the back. It’s pretty tasty really.
Dogbrick (8141) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 31, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask version at Winking Lizard’s 2nd Annual Real Ale Fest (03/27/10): The beer pours an amber-brown color with a medium light beige head that dissipates steadily. Stringy lacing on the glass. Aroma of sweet malt, toffee and citrus. Medium to full body with flavors of caramel malt, citrus, toffee and light hops. The finish is molasses and toffee and leaves a malty aftertaste. Above average overall.
3fourths (8034) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 29, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2012 Draft at the brewery on release day. Deep garnet purple and brown colored body with a thick-layered toast colored head. Big nose of caramelized and roasted plums, some dry but inviting burnt hops, simcoe and columbus mostly. Reminds me of Bigfoot, without the insanely aggressive hop bitterness, since it’s actually smooth. Very rich and creamy on the palate, very full and delicious, and the 9.3% feels really good. Love it! Glad I bought a case.
DocLock (7861) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 8, 2007
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: APR 16, 2009 Wow. I didn’t realize that this was Scratch 4 until recently. The pour is turbid, muddy deep brownish with 1-finger of khaki head. The aroma is amazingly complex, giving notes of heavy hops, tropical fruit, funky feety Simcoe hops, yeasty hints, caramel malt, figs, and mild cognac. The palate is rich, complex, throwing different things at the palate with every sip. Among the flavors Inoted were caramel malt, huge feety hops, tropical fruit, blackberry, prune, cognac, and figs. The hops don’t overtake the malt, with both components being huge and balancing each other well, and the alcohol is very well hidden. I need more of this.
BMan1113VR (7858) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 10, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to exiled. Pours with a deep brown body and an off-white head. Aroma of dates, dark fruits and caramel. Taste is tea, alcohol, bitter, raisins, dark fruits. Light bubbles.
jercraigs (7812) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 15, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2008-08-07. Dark brown body with a creamy tan head. Interesting aroma, hoppy over top of dark malts, lightly leafy character. (7+) Flavour is similar with leafy hops over a malty base. Light earthy malt notes, caramel touches. Smooth average plus bodied palate. Very enjoyable. May have to get some more of this. Bottle, Premier Gourmet, Buffalo
MartinT (7811) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 1, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
My Bottom Line:
Spicy, green hops swim within smoke-laced caramelized cereals before resinous hop bitterness and strawberry edges rise from this complex Barley Wine.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A creamy head of foam sits atop the dark mahogany.
-This is not one of those Barley Wines dwelling in tons of residual sugars.
-Hops showcase citrusy edges and wooden foundations.
-Balance is achieved throughout the soft and engaging mouthfeel.
crossovert (7405) - Illinois, USA - JAN 27, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Solid american style barley wine here. Medium hops, big caramel malts, winter beer.
Ughsmash (7136) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 25, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled. Poured deep orangey-brown with a creamy cap of beige head. The aroma picked up a rich array of darker fruits and tosted toffee with notes of caramel and brown sugar as well.. there was also ample and engaging hop presence represented by spicy floral and citrus.. the balance was there, and this was a real treat to smell! The flavor was skewed just slightly toward the hoppage with aged floral notes and citrus strewn throughout.. sweet toffee and caramel for support.. finished spicier with citrus bitterness and raisiny notes. Heavier-bodied with moderate carbonation that moved it well across the palate.. warm at the back and memorable. Great, great brew!