lemasney (398) - Trenton, New Jersey, USA - MAY 28, 2008
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Purchased at: Canalís Discount Liquors, Burlington, NJ (first visit, thanks, Mike)
Size: 12 fl oz
ABV: 11 %
Estimated Calories: 210 C
RateBeer Rating: 99
Aroma 10 out of 10
Malt Flavor: Grain Bread Sweet Toast Raisin
Hops Flavor:Mud Floral Herbal Spice
Other: Cherries, raisins, grapes, prunes
Notes: inviting, enticing, and makes you want a taste.
Appearance 4 out of 5
Clarity: Mostly brilliant
Head Retention: Average
Notes: A beautiful, menacing colored body, with a nice off white head that dissipates quickly.
Flavor 10 out of 10
Balance: balanced Sweet and Bitter
Malt Flavor: Grain Bread Sweet Nut
Hops Flavor: Earth Floral Herbal Spice
Other: orange peel, raisin, sour cherry, oak, grape, alcohol
Notes: A wonderful taste, more savory than sweet malt flavor, and with some deep hoppiness. Bill and Ron have done it again.
Palate 5 out of 5
Sensation: Drying Warming
Carbonation: Lively, visible
Balance: balanced between Sweet and Bitter
Notes: Leaves you wanting more. A very nice mouthfeel and finish.
General Impression: 19 out of 20
Personal Taste: Loved
Notes: Maybe my favorite BWSA. I only had to travel to Burlington to find it as a single. I did see a case of it in Bristol Township, PA at Penn Thrift. Just $50 and itís yours. Iím saving up.
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Beergeek23322 (418) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - APR 12, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
September 2010. From bottle. An awesome barley wine. Complex and balanced with dark fruit and brown sugar flavors. Wow!
phikus01 (84) - New York, USA - MAR 9, 2013
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Candied hops and brown sugar toffe malt with a touch of chocolate in the flavor. Beautiful red orange pour with everlasting lace
tenmileview10 (2) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 1, 2013 does not count
4.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Have you ever rip-started a lawn mower? I have. And Iíd equate that experience to drinking this beer. Full, IYF (if yoí face) assault on your senses. Oh, were you just saying you need to update your resume later? You also probably need to apply to a number of philanthropic jobs at some point in the next two days. I do too, I love dogs. BUT you cannot do that because the VICTORY brewing co. just took a major rain (shit) on your parade. Delicious light cinnamon and figs, old oak and dark as fuck berry fruits. Not so sweet, but then again that may be good so it woní t fuck your little sister. All in all, if this beer was a person, itíd be Dave Duchoveny because itís hot on the outside and just as good while itís in you. BUT....you wake up knowing you got worked.
superspak (1473) - Michigan, USA - FEB 23, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 11/15/2010. Pours very hazy and cloudy reddish brown color with a small fairly dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lacing cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big caramel, raisin, fig, prune, apple, molasses, brown sugar, toast, leather, floral, slight pine, and earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt notes and subtle hops. Taste of big caramel, toast, raisin, apple, fig, molasses, leather, brown sugar, floral, grass, light pine, and earthiness. Slight earthy pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, dark fruit, molasses, brown sugar, leather, floral, grass, light pine, and earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Excellent balance and complexity of malt flavors with subdued hops; with zero cloying sweetness present after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and full bodied; with a creamy, fairly slick, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent barleywine. Great balance and complexity of malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A highly enjoyable offering.
dreadnord (995) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 23, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours hazy brown with ruby tint and a small off white head. Nose is fruity, peaches, raisins, light citrus, caramel, toffee and some light spice. Taste is sweet with great bitter balance. The mouthfeel is creamy, clean, heavy body and a long do finish.
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bytemesis (1411) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - FEB 12, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from 2008. Pours clear deep reddish brown with a large creamy beige head that leaves decent lacing. Room filling aroma of caramel, toffee, whiskey. Flavor is about the same, medium sweet with a bit of orange citrus in the mix..Lightly zesty finish, a bit acidic. Medium body, bubbly champagne like mouth feel. Quite nice.
rbrazell (961) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - FEB 9, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Fermentation. Clear copper pour with a frothy white head. Big, sweet caramel driven aroma with underlying dates, figs, brown sugar, banana bread with notes of piney hops. Flavor is caramel malts, fig, dates, french toast, and hints of hop bitterness in the end. Big, bold beer thatís on the sweet and boozy side.
RobertDale (1886) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - JAN 24, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 ounce bottle. Pours a dark amber with a nice biege head. Aroma of malt, dark fruit, and hops. Taste is caramel malt, raisins, prunes, toffee, chocolate, and hops. Some alcohol warming. Very good!
S_Side_Smitty (207) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - JAN 11, 2013
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours amber-red with a minimal head. Aroma is heavy malts - almost like animal feed (not in a bad way) & molasses. Taste is light molasses, maybe a faint citrus, & mellowed malts. The alcohol is well hidden. This is like the candy of Barley Wines. Awesome!!
BVery (4249) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 5, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Slightly murky amber pour with a soapy head - looks like it has some heft. Fruity sweet and malty nose. Full palate. Taste is malty with sweet caramel and fruit. Very nice. Some alcohol burn is present on the finish.