Ataraxia (587) - California, USA - NOV 1, 2013
Opaque dark brown, almost black, with thin mocha lacing. Moderately boozy aroma filled with raisins, figs, caramel, plums, and hints of soy sauce. Muted bittersweet taste. Viscous, smooth, and creamy but the carbonation is a bit too lively for this style. Full-bodied and pleasantly boozy despite the high alcohol percentage. jmagnus87 (3302) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - OCT 15, 2013
Bottle sampled at a tasting. From notes. Boozy with dark fermented fruits, caramel and a hint of something earthy. Very awesome. Silphium (3224) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - SEP 6, 2013
Draft at the Dark Horse 4 Elf Party, December 2012. Murky, inky dark brown body, thin, tight ochre head. Sweet nose; incredibly sweet, cloying body with molasses, soy, and honey, also some bitter citrusy hops. Lots of sugar, lots of alcohol, with alcohol heat in the finish but overall subdued by soft, flabby sweetness. umich03jm (3512) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - JUL 12, 2013
3 oz pour from June tasting at Doug’s. Aromas are dark fruit, raspberry syrup, caramel, booze, cola, burnt sugar, and toffee. Taste is syrupy sweet. Very fruity and candy-like. The aromas blend together pretty well and it’s surprising smooth for such a huge abv. A bit too syrupy sweet but really like the flavors. mcberko (19883) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 29, 2013
12 oz. bottle, pours a deep dark mahogany with a small beige head. Aroma is intense, full of dark fruits, caramel, booze and candied sugar. Flavour is insanely rich and sweet, full of dark fruits, heaps of caramel, and cloying sweetness. It’s not that boozy considering it’s 17.5%, yet the sweetness is overbearingly cloying. Way too sweet for me. The flavours are nice, but it’s a bit too harsh. Syrupy, viscous palate that brings out the sweetness even more. Incredibly hard to drink - couldn’t finish the bottle.
JulienHuxley (5985) - Sherbrooke, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 6, 2013
Growler shared by Sarro and crew who very graciously hosted us during the Hill Farmstead 3rd anniversary snowstorm. Flat black/brown pour. Aroma of coke, lots of cocoa, plums, alcohol, dark fruits, raisins, lots of alcohol. Taste is chocolatey, very fruity, boozy but not excessively so, I usually don’t much enjoy these 15%+ beers but this one was alright, enough stuff going on here to keep me interested. Palate is heavy, carbonation is low. Quite port like. ineedbeer (2303) - Oakland, California, USA - JUN 4, 2013
2012 Batch Aroma is very rich and decadent with lots of dark toffee and very dark caramel. Moderate chocolate and roast note. Light smoked meat aroma with moderately strong dark fruit notes. Fruit includes dark cherry, plum, and prune. Not sure how I feel about the dark fruit and smoked meat mix. Pours dark brown with some light brown and ruby highlights on the edges. Only a very faint tan head that quickly recedes. Flavor is similar to the aroma. Very sweet upfront with some roast, not sure how I feel about the blend. The sweetness is dark caramel and toffee. Light astringency with moderate bitterness. Sweet dark fruit notes of plum, black cherry, prune and light raisin. Finish has a fruity chocolate character to it. Slight vinous quality. Mouthfeel is full bodied with low carbonation. Medium low astringency with moderate alcohol warmth. A bit sticky sweet. Overall an alright beer, but I’m not sure how I feel about the way the the fruit esters mix with the roast. The roast really does have more of a smoked meat character than a straight smoke and roast character. Gets a bit better as it warms. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone Marheb (6336) - MontrÃ©al, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 31, 2013
(Critique chaotique du extreme beer fest 2013): Détient une certaine richesse qui me rappelle la dark lord, trop sucré. Mittenator (1612) - Michigan, USA - FEB 25, 2013
Draft at brewery Pre-release summer 12'. One of the biggest beers I've tried. Massive sweetness, dried fruits, toffee and caramel. Would love to try the BB version because this one almost has those qualities already. crossovert (14152) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 7, 2013
Dark pour for a barleywine. Fruity, rootbeerish smell. Flavor is a mish-mahs f sugar, certainly not the depth of malt flavors of a typical barleywine, tastes like biting into a date, kind of flat.