fiulijn (15770) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 17, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle from New Beer Distributors, NYC, 3 years old
Clean light amber, copper color; it pours viscously, with no sound, but there is some carbonation, and the head is small and creamy. Aroma of caramel, sweet, a bit phenolic, or maybe band Aid, and alcohol; not exciting. The body is quite strong, the mouthfeel is extremely oily, almost muddy, also because of the low carbonation, but unfortunately it feels like gulping eggwhite, never happened before; very sweet flavor, light malt; ordinary bitterness; this bottle can easily be compared to a boozy extra Strong Lager, the only variant being the sweetness, and a bit more of balance, but joined by the sad lack of features. I donít think this has ever been much better, even when it was fresher.
jredmond (5839) - Manhattan, New York, USA - APR 19, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at rnh with streets for weyerbacher night. Pours a hazy brown body. Aroma is sweet malty notes. .Mouthfeel is thin with notes of sweet rye, malts, and something else....
ross (2118) - 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 (1466) - 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 (3172) - 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 (2656) - 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 (3595) - 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 (7476) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, 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 (2766) - 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.