onceblind (8687) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 27, 2016
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle aged 2 years from Mr. Britton @ First Draft. Murky chestnut copperish brown, no head. Amazing cranberry/orange nose with honey and mulling spices, raisin, and boozy malty depth. Amazing boozy honey-like flavor thatís a touch hot, but huge on deep, sweet toffee and barley and mulling spice, and raisin. Superb. I get lots of honey and a touch of orange/nectarine.
bhensonb (14762) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 8, 2016
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared by Marcus. Pours dark caramel with bubbles. Aroma of brown sugar and dark fruit. Full bodied. Flavor is bitterish dark fruit supported by a deal of frown sugar. A bit different from the herd. Rather mouthsmacking. Very different, yet very comfortingly familiar. Well done.
marcus (9837) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 8, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Healthy Spirits. Pours murky amber with a tiny beige head and a fruity brown sugar aroma. There is a full-bodied dark molasses flavor with a slightly bitter wine finish.
DocJitsu (1894) - Pensacola, Florida, USA - JAN 11, 2016
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours thick as oil. The cloudy brown-amber viscous liquid doesnít produce even a sign of a head--in spite of a vigorous dump into the glass. Red apple peel, brown sugar, dark chocolate, caramel, and vodka. Totally flat. Caramel off the top. Some chocolate. Prune. Vodka alcohol. Finishes with caramel apple.
drfabulous (7396) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - JAN 8, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 ounce bottle from Trappe cellar. Boozy. Sticky sweet. The port barrels really dominate here with sherry and caramel notes. No carbonation.
thornecb (5776) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 4, 2015
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a murky nasty looking brown into a tulip. Is this really right? Looks like trub. Sweet caramel aromas. Soft with sweet caramel and oak upfront turning to bread and caramel in the lasting finish. Taste is good, but cannot get over how bad this one looks - worst looking beer I have ever had/seen.
zebra (1990) - Illinois, USA - APR 28, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
330-ml bottle from binnys Lakeview. hazy dark caramel-cherry color. that high-alcohol lack of head. that barley wine sweetness. i can imagine red wine in there. sediment at the bottom. wish i had a v.1 to have at the same time. rating #1!