jonas (8277) - Garching close to the monks, GERMANY - DEC 3, 2017 RagallachMC (631) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - AUG 16, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle. 2005. Aroma: Rich caramel, toasted malt, almonds, raisins. Lots of oak. Significant alcohol note. Appearance: Deep rusty brown in color and clear. Off-white head was full and foamy with good retention. Nice lacing. Flavor: Big oak note upfront. Vanilla, smoke, caramel, toasted nuts, dried fruits. Alcohol is a little hot at times. Starts sweet, a touch of bitterness midway through, and then finishes fairly dry. Palate: Medium-full bodied. Moderate carbonation. Lots of alcohol warmth in back of mouth and into throat. Overall: The name ain’t kidding. Strong oakiness throghout. A nice sipper. Alcohol could be toned down a touch.
Backlog rating of 2-3 year old 2005 bottle. Cloudy red, low creamy head. Wooden herbal Honeyish nose. Wooden dry, vanilla, cigars. Medium body, sparkly mouthfeel. Honeyish retronasal. luttonm (6953) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 13, 2017
Winter Beer Fest 2016, Seattle. Brown-tan, small foam. Rich leathery brown. Lovely sweet, rich, barleywine-like. Good smoky malt note. Fairly fresh, bright carb and green hop. Really quite nice. Cybercat (6332) - Georgia, USA - JUN 18, 2016
Pours hazy, barely translucent copper with a thin buff head. Aroma features bourbon, woody, toasted malt, and subtle caramel notes. Flavor offers malty, pomme fruit, bourbon and woody tones. Mouthfeel delivers firm body and good fizz. No fish tale this! oldrtybastrd (5228) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 15, 2016
Pours a dark reddish brown color. Aromas of wood, dark fruit, and some sweetness. Flavors of whiskey?, caramel, and some faint hops. Homer321 (5248) - Melboring, Florida, USA - JUN 28, 2014
Bottle shared by mcbackus!!!! Nose is slightly oxidized in a sherry way. Pours an amber brown, completely flat. Taste is a chewy raisin and sugary sweet. Very good for bring 8 years old or however.
DrewFace (970) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - JUN 28, 2014
Roughly 2006 vintage, give or take. Fairly clear, amber color, minimal head. Big caramel, malty, boozy, sweet, more caramel. Very sweet, boozy, sweet, caramel, toasty melanoidans, maple syrup flavor. 50belair (3697) - Florida, USA - FEB 5, 2013
Bottle ’08 vintage. Clear amber pour with no head. Caramel malt aromas. Lots of caramel. Uber thin body. Watery and bland with no soul. What a disappointment. reebtogi (6403) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 31, 2012
355ml bottle pours a pale orangey amber color with a small white head that leaves virtually no lacing on the glass. Aroma is oak with some dark fruits and sweet malts. Taste is dominated by sweet malts and dark fruits with a mild hop presence. Heavy bodied with some mild carbonation leaving the palate with a full balance of flavors. Has many qualities of an English barley wine and is quite satisfactory. madvike (3305) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 26, 2011
2008 bottle from brewolf...thanks Micheal! - Pours hazy rosy amber with only a tiny ring of white head. Herbal hops still there on the nose with a sweet boozy breadiness. Taste is big nutty bread malt and light bourbon/caramel sweetness. A decent amount of oakiness in the finish. Very little carbonation with lots of slickness. Still pretty soft, but full-bodied. Pretty good, even though I’m not into big beers right now. zestytaco (43) - Niceville, Florida, USA - NOV 27, 2011
Appearance is a hazy reddish-brown color. The smell is a sweet and malty with a definite alcohol note. The taste us chocked full of malty goodness with a sweetness and almost a taste similar to that of barley-wine style ales.