Damico (3147) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 21, 2016 hivemind (916) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 3, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap @ Blind Tiger Feb 1 w James and Streets. Dark pour. Boozey, resinous and viscous. Wasn’t quite sludge, but a full body and heavy mouthfeel. Notes of raisin and fudge.
Pours dark bright ruby amber, if that oxymoron makes any sense. Aroma is nice at 4 years old, some sweet fig and smooth malty cognac. Flavor brings malty but smooth sweet and birch and fig jam with a nice lightly bitter ending. rdixon77 (2874) - Georgia, USA - APR 6, 2015
Old rating. Boozy, sweet, caramel, soft fruitiness, big warming mouthfeel. Very good. cubs (10639) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 5, 2014
Bottle in Glenwood Springs hotel. Thanks to markwise. Pours a murky orangish brown appearance with a thin brown head. Grape, plum, raisin, caramel, maraschino cherry nose that is somewhat oxidized. Moderate high sweetness. A little nutty with toffee, chocolate, and a bit of roast. A bit boozy on the finish but not bad. Probably past its prime but still drinking pretty good. Steve_0 (3745) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 5, 2014
Bottle in Glenwood Springs with friends, courtesy of Aaron. Thanks Man! Pour is murky brown with a small cream-colored head. Rich caramel, brown sugar, dates, light figs, coconut, some oak, vanilla, and nutty aroma. Taste is rich caramel, raisins, coconut, toasted sugars, some butterscotch, oxidized, and figs with a touch of heat on the backend. Medium body with soft carbonation. Pretty tasty stuff and definitely high boost. crossovert (13080) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 30, 2014
750ml bottle. HEavily oxidized but much better than the roosevelt i tried it next to. Very boozy and sweet.
tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - SEP 4, 2014
Bottle: Thanks, Corbet. Muddy copper-brown with virtually no head on top... Thin, khaki collar. Big grape & prune aroma, lots of dark fruitiness with hints of anise, black licorice. Caramel liqueur, a touch of toffee, a little bit of astringent sweetness. Taste has a strong, dirty earth flavor with a surprising around of floral bitterness, especially for an "English" barley wine. Lots more Star anise on the palate. Quite boozy, too; very warming. Sticky, semi-sweet caramel leads into a finish of toasted bread, mild toffee, sweet malt, & a vapid bitterness. Sticky mouth coating. A good barley wine, albeit a strange one. Very sweet yet still with substantial bitterness. A few refinements & this could be really, really good. Homer321 (5119) - Melboring, Florida, USA - JUL 20, 2014
Bottle at Beecher Blind Beer Bash. Lots of alcohol in the nose with a light chocolate component as well. Taste is similar with a smooth alcohol warming, almost a note of vanilla, although this was not the barrel aged version. Very enjoyable. I remember having this fresh a while ago and thought the alcohol dominated in a bad way, but that seems to have mellowed out and the beers has held up well. chinchill (5073) - South Carolina, USA - APR 7, 2014
Shared bottle pours clear red-amber with a modest head.
ABV partially hidden.
Unusual aroma with a suggestion of rum and brandy. Soft fruits, light malts, and alcohol esters dominate the flavor.
Medium body with rather low carbonation. BrockLanders (780) - Panama City, Florida, USA - MAR 5, 2014
Had this so long ago at the brewery. Absolutely delicious which was not unexpected. Read the other reviews for more specifics....would love to have this again BuckeyeBoy (7975) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 18, 2014
750ml bottle thanks to toby. Pours out a dark amber topped with a small head. Nose is sweet syrup molasses maple and some hop notes. Taste is as the nose with lots of sweet maple syrup and some heat.