ross (2008) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - APR 10, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled a while ago. Red colored pour with an off white head on it. Smell is sweet and like syrup. Little bit of hops, but mostly just sugar. Taste is sweet and like drinking maple syrup. Not really the best thing I have ever had. I am not sure how old this beer was when I drank it, I do not have a tasting date. Bleh.
bluejacket74 (1133) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - APR 1, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 ounce bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a hazy amber/orange color with about a half inch off-white head, and some sediment floaties noticable. The head went away quickly, but thereís a good amount of lacing left on the glass. The brew smells like caramel, pears, butterscotch, and some booze and candied fruit. Taste is pretty much just like the aroma, it tastes like caramel malt, sweet booze, candied fruit, and also has a slight Mentho-lyptus flavor. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, itís syrupy and a bit sticky with low carbonation. The alcohol does catch up to you after a while, itís easy to tell this brew is boozy. Overall I think itís a decent enough brew. Not impressive, but not bad either.
smith4498 (2794) - Miami, Florida, USA - FEB 15, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from 2010 Secret Santa. Pours clear dark copper color with small caramel colored head. Sugary toffee aroma with some alcohol. Very sweet caramel flavor and some booze. Full body with a very weird, thick mouthfeel, like drinking syrup. Itís bizarre, iíve never had a beer with a mouhfeel like this. Thanks Andrew.
johnnnniee (1842) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 9, 2011
3.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Iíve had this one in the cellar for to long now. Sampled 11/15/2008
Pours a clear orangey amber with a smallish off white head that disappeared to quickly. Smells of alcohol, lots of fruits, I smell plums, cherries, and apricots. Has quite the vinous smell to it, almost like Iím sniffing a port. I can also find some spice form either the yeast strain or the rye malt. Very complex and enjoyable aroma. Taste is malty, fruity and quite sweet. I can pick up the aforementioned fruits as well as some caramel and some alcohol. Thereís a little hop bitterness in there, but thereís really not much left. I should have opened this one sooner. The hops have faded to the point that the only thing balancing the malty sweetness is the alcohol and its losing. Mouthfeel is sticky and syrupy. Full body with low to medium carbonation. Not bad as is, but Iíll bet it was greater a year ago. I wish I hadnít waited so long on this one.
joshwilfong (1200) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JAN 31, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
pale and golden, remarkably light-coloured for a barley wine. nose of, what I would call medium crystal malt, but it is likely not present in this beer, so it is likely a alcohol and yeast driven note. medium carbonation for the style. some bitterness before yeast esters and a touch of spice from the rye, as well as a musky flavor. The alcoholic component has completely warn away with time, providing no distraction and very little depth either, resulting in a surprising component. overall the beer is not overly flavorful, but the rye makes it somewhat unique and the fermentation profile is remarkable. Iím not sure how good this would been a couple years ago, but now 3 years later it is very enjoyable
nickd717 (3400) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 6, 2011
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12oz bottle via trade.
Cloudy amber pour with a nitro-looking one-finger white head that leaves thick foam and lacing.
The aroma is malty and sweet with a little caramel, rye, sherry, and light fruits.
The flavor is also sweet and malty with a caramel malt base. Fairly boozy without too much to it really. Rye, pear, and a strange menthol flavor.
From the mouthfeel of this, I really canít believe itís not nitro. Insanely full and smooth with very soft carbonation.
Overall, well, itís unique. Not a really big fan though.
deyholla (5408) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - DEC 16, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Poured a clear cloudy golden brown with a tan head that lasted throughout the beer and laced slightly. Aroma was full of sweet grains with a bit of rye and quite an alcohol burn. Flavor was quite syrupy with sweet grains, a bit of rye. There was a some underlying fruit notes and a good amount of alcohol burn.
Damico (2215) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 14, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
There is a syrupy sweetness with some booze at the end. It pours pale copper with a generous amount of sediment. The flavors, after three years of aging, have settled nicely to make it very palatable at 10.2%. It has a syrupy sweetness tamed on a medium body.
thomaspwrs (10) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 28, 2010
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I just came across this bottle, now aged 3 years, at Alís in Hampden PA. Very nice. The alcohol is still strong but has mellowed. Hops are negligable. The taste is almost that of an abbey tripple. There is a strong belgian yeast fruitiness. The rye adds a nice twist. The head was minimal and disappeared quickly. Quite hazy. This is a delightful beer now that it has had a chance to mature.
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 24, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Very candied, sugary aroma. Flavor is medium-light sweet and surprisingly not hoppy - must have faded quite rapidly in the bottle. Light tartness and light rye spicing. Kinda weird.