nick76 (4140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 20, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
The aroma is very hoppy for the style making it like an India pale barley wine. It has pine and citrus with lots of caramel malt and vanilla. The appearance is amber with a small head. The taste is like the aroma and quite bitter. Overall solid but not the best, just a wee bit to bitter for me.
onceblind (3575) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 19, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
At Big Beers, Belgians, & Barleywines Fest 2013. Clear orange copper with a sticky aroma of caramalts and grapefruit pulp...by aroma alone I would have guessed this to be a DIPA. Flavor is smooth and sweet with toffee and caramel malts dominating, along with some sticky grapefruit and piney hops. Strong bitterness tempered by strong sweetness.
Austinista (11) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 12, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
caramel, roasty, coffee, chocolate, herbs, resin, earthy, leaves, dough, clove, licorice, soy sauce, amber, clear, minimal head, white foam, medium sweetness, lightly bitter, medium body, soft carbonation,
Ericular (429) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 6, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours clear light brown with average head. Aroma is big with hops, earth, and citrus. Taste is malt, citrus, spice, and a little yeast. A clean hoppy finish similar to an IPA. This could be somewhere between an IPA and a barley wine.
DuffMan (6079) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 1, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, shared by Grippitis. Lovely deep red-orange hue. Sweet malty aroma, very much a barley wine on the nose! Love this aroma! Sweet chewy caramel maltiness with nice plummy fruit accents and a hoppy bite in the finish. Tasty.
Hophead22 (2880) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - DEC 31, 2012
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle. Rating #82. Real good looking beer, dark red/brown with a bit of the red giving off a glow. Aroma is pretty much all soapy hops with a little pine. Nice flavor though, hops came through nicely, but it also had some toffee and dried fruit. Pretty tasty. (2613)
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 31, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Date: October 22, 2012
Source: Taco Mac, Decatur
Appearance: clear dark amber, creamy off white head, sticky lace
Aroma: sweet caramel aroma, light earthyness
Flavor: rich caramel flavor, earthy, caramel sweetness, light fruityness, long earthy finish
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 13/20
Score: **+ /4
Butters (3661) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 30, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at the Blue Christmas tasting 2012. Clearish amber copper pour with small tan head. Smells of sweet pine and vanilla, but not like oak aged, just plain vanilla. Sweet caramel and alcohol and pine on the on the flavor. Very boozy.
Sammer (1006) - Plano, Texas, USA - DEC 29, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Taste has a bit of everything, thick malt, hops, charred wood and hay, with a nice blend of booze tossed in. Nice.
wlajwl (3481) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - DEC 27, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma is malts, a hint of sweetness and a mint/clean element. The flavor is medium sweet (caramel) malts, fruit, a syrup note and a decently warming finish.