AndyW68 (1554) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - AUG 11, 2017 bigal9699 (152) - Orange County, California, USA - AUG 15, 2002
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Amber color. Pours with medium-sized, tightly carbonated head, light tan in color. Big nose: sweet malt, touch of orange/citrus, a bit of hops. Thick and chewy palate. Full and complex flavors: sweet malt, honey, a bit winey, slight hops. Nice balance of bitters and sweet. Slight warming finish.
Fantastic beer. The huge nose does not let down as the flavors are just as big and complex. Not too sweet and not too bitter. Alot of flavors going on here - just a great beer!
Deep brown with tan lacing head. Aroma is maple wood and berry. Taste is like a raisin liquor followed by some bitterness, ashy wood and alcohol burn. Like it. PanMarek (460) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 25, 2017
Dark orange / brown pour with scant foam. Lots of malt in the nose along with some spice and some earthiness. Medium, slick body with a sweet finish. Complex flavors all rather sweet: maple, berry, and woody. Strong alcohol finish. The flavors are very well balanced, but ultimately too sweet. willisread (3389) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 2, 2017
Bottle from Old Town. Pours a clearish copper with a finger of foam that dissipates quickly. 2016 version. Big berry notes on the nose, dates and some faint peat aromas. Vanilla bean, earth, apricot & peat on the palate. Bitter w/ tart young strawberry-like quality. Almost like an old ale. The maple was kinda muted for me. bnokk (535) - Lee, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 24, 2017
2007 bottle sampled in 2017. APPEARANCE- dark ruby color.
NOSE- sweet & nutty. totally boozy.
FLAVOR- sweet, slightly dry. dark fruits... fig.
NOTES- almost like drinking a liquor.
MadRobin (2988) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - MAY 21, 2017
On tap at Frisco Taphouse and Brewery in Columbia, MD.
Clear, ruddy copper with a thin off-white head and good lacing.
Aroma of vanilla, toffee, maple, plums, prunes and oak.
Taste of caramel, alcohol, vanilla, maple, oak, prunes and plums.
Full/medium body and medium carbonation.
This might be a great beer after cellaring. As it is, on tap, it still has a hard edge.
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SG111 (1862) - New York, USA - APR 14, 2017
UPDATED: APR 14, 2017 Tap at Clubhouse BFD. Pours sticky Burgundy copper, tan head. Aroma is cherry, caramel, toffee, vanilla, citrus. Solid. Flavor is cherry, boozy, quite smokey, caramel, vanilla, some citrus. Boozy burn. Pretty hot. I like it, but it?s kinda sweet and smokey. jeremyh70 (1103) - Missouri, USA - APR 7, 2017
Slightly smoky with sweet malt, maple and a bit of oak. Boozy and warming. Strong with nice flavors. kambei70 (1083) - - APR 2, 2017
Slightly hazy, reddish-amber with a medium sized head. Aroma was very strongly oak with smoky notes. Taste was also strongly oak with smoky notes. Sweet upfront with malty flavor sin the middle and notes of vanilla in the finish
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2009 Vintage on draft at Capone’s. Pours slightly opaque medium to dark brown with minimal head that hangs around the edge of the glass. Aroma is mild fruity ketone, corn sugar, booze, stove top hard candy like my grand mom made, mild ash and slight esters. Taste is similar with a moderate smoke flavor that fades quickly with a touch of oxidation. Finish is pleasant with mild tart and citrus flavors. BlindGuardianco (90) - - FEB 21, 2017
Was not sure what to expect from this on since I have not had any barley wines. If it was a beer I would say it was a bit too boozie and flat but I think that is how it is mean to be.