coachd (1072) - Missouri, USA - MAY 21, 2017 drtbrewster (40) - Arizona, USA - DEC 26, 2013
3.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Good, robust and malty like a barleywine should be. The ABV matches all the best. Good overall.
Very good use of rye, sweet but not cloying, just enough booze burn. Well made by destihl.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone Strykzone (7947) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2017
On draft at Elijah Ps. Deep red brown and it wears a cool looking beige head. This is robubst stuff. A big bourboney flavor hits early. Caramel. It tastes a little hot which is understandable. It has that big harsh beer thing going on. Good and it has plenty going on. mcberko (20896) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 19, 2017
500mL bottle, pours a cloudy dark mahogany with a small white head. Aroma brings out earthy rye, caramel, bready malt and a touch of oak. Flavour is complex, with lots of oak, light earthiness and caramel. Wonderful balance between caramel and rye, and there is even some hoppy astringency lingering to balance it out. Excellent. djd07 (16675) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUN 18, 2016
On tap at The Hay Merchant. Pours a clear copper with small off white head that diminishes quickly. The aroma is strong bourbon, wood, vanilla, toffee, candy sugar. Medium body, similar flavors to nose, light booze, nice sweetness, very good. jtclockwork (18160) - , New Jersey, USA - JUN 1, 2016
Bottle - pours dark brown white head - nose/taste of rye, alcohol, caramel, oak and sherry - medium body
vtafro (7453) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JUN 1, 2016
Bottle. Brown Amber pour with no head. Sweet fruity, rye, boozy aromas. Rye, boozy, fruity and malty Flavors. Niko100 (3022) - Chicago, New York, USA - MAY 31, 2016
Dark amber/cider color; Medium slightly creamy body; Aroma of smoky sweet malt, caramel/toffee, dark fruit, & spice; Flavor of roasted sweet malt, caramel/syrup, rye, spicy hops, and dark fruit; Finish is slightly tangy; Alcohol is well hidden; Nicely balanced; Pretty good. superspak (6648) - Waterford, Michigan, USA - APR 2, 2016
500 ml bottle into snifter, bottled on 10/22/2015. Pours crystal clear deep ruby red color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of huge caramel, toffee, molasses, dark bread, spicy rye, toasted oak, vanilla, raisin, plum, fig, date, apple, herbal, light pepper, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready/rye malt, fruity yeast, oak, and moderate earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of huge caramel, toffee, molasses, dark bread, spicy rye, toasted oak, vanilla, raisin, plum, fig, date, apple, herbal, light pepper, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Moderate herbal hop bitterness and rye/oak spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toffee, molasses, dark bread, spicy rye, toasted oak, vanilla, raisin, plum, fig, date, apple, herbal, pepper, and oak/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready/rye malt, fruity yeast, oak, and moderate earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/spice/bitterness balance; with a slight hop/oak astringency on the finish. Light-moderate dryness from bitter/spiciness that increases through the glass. Light-medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/sticky, and lightly slick balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is an excellent rye English barleywine style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready/rye malt, fruity yeast, oak, and moderate earthy hop flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the huge ABV. A very enjoyable offering. arminjewell (9756) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - FEB 23, 2016
Pour out of 500 mL bottle, dark reddish brown pour with slightly off white head, aroma brought notes of big caramel, toffee, dark fruit, the rye adds a nice spicy, toasted bread note, some slight booze as well. Taste was a mix of bread, toffee, toast, some nice dark fruit, raisin notes into some slight booze, vanilla, finishing sweet, slightly spicy. hopdog (13606) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 31, 2015
500ml bottle. Poured an amberish color with an off white head. Toffee, caramel, rye, and some sugary sweetness.