MikeJslc (778) - USA - FEB 3, 2013
Copper, slight chill haze, persistent tan head. Aroma of toffee, a little leather, grainy malt. Flavor of toasted malt and toffee, some nutty character, firm bitterness and resiny hop flavor, some leathery age from barrel, very good.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone drowland (8730) - Georgia, USA - FEB 3, 2013
Rating #4600! Eh, it’s the closest thing to a milestone I have in my backlog. On tap at Rock Island Brewing Company. Amber pour with almost no head. Sweet caramel and molasses on the aroma with plenty of oak, vanilla, bourbon, and more... seems overly sweet. Super sweet flavor with maple, bourbon, caramel, molasses, dark sugars, and more sweetness. Lots of good aspects, but very sweet. holdenn (2116) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 3, 2013
Sampled at FOBAB ’12. Rich caramel mango fruit aroma. Bitter caramel. Rich and bitter. Caramel herbs. Tasty though the alcohol is pretty strong. 8/4/8/4/15
portableparty (2350) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - FEB 2, 2013
Bottle shared by DalzAle thanks Greg! Pours hazy amber red with a quick soapy off white head that settles to a wispy film and sudsy film. Aroma is sweet bitter sugary resinous citrus hops and caramel. Taste is warming booze and bitter resinous hops with a burning swallow sugary malt. Palate full slick sticky and burning alcohol. BigBeer45 (1532) - Michigan, USA - FEB 1, 2013
this barley wine had a burnt orange-red pour and made a one finger off-white to light tan colored head that receded to thin cover and ring, the glass had a lots of tiny bubbles flowing slowly in the glass, this drink looked viscous, this drink left lots of small spots of lacing on the sides of the glass, the bottle had a thin layer of sediment with a thicker (darker) ring of sediment at the edges of the bottle,
this ale had malty aromas of toasted malt, bready malt, caramel, malt and bread sweetness, fermented fruit that resembled peach and pear fruit with light citrus notes, it had a big bread and malt nose, very little bourbon on the nose,
this drink had flavors of bready and toasted malt, caramel, alcohol, fermented fruit that resembled peach and pear fruit with light citrus notes,
there was a little lemon, the finish had a alcohol pepper bitterness, there may have been a little hop resin bitterness, little to no bourbon noticed but that is better than too much bourbon, the hop and alcohol bitterness did add a touch of balance to the sweetness but this ale is malty and sweet, the alcohol provided a warm touch on the palate,
the mouth feel was medium to thick on the tongue, creamy and had average carbonation,
the nose was mostly bread, malt, some caramel, and alcohol that followed, this was nice,
especially good for a night like right now, it is 10°F or 11°F outside and I have this nice drink to sip.
Slubgob (329) - West Hartford, USA - FEB 1, 2013
Tap into snifter. Now bear in mind I generally don?t like barleywine. That said this is probably the best I?ve had in the style. Color has a light plum hue to it. Noise is sweet with hints of maple. Palette is definitely sweet but hides the tremendous alcohol well and isn?t cloying like a lot of barleywines. Maybe the faintest hint of whiskey in the finish, hops float up on the back which clears the palette a bit. tderoeck (9720) - Gent, BELGIUM - FEB 1, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2013 19/I/13 -1Pt. 9.3Fl. Oz. bottle @ RBBWG 2013 - BB: n/a (2013-68) Thanks to Thirstybird for sharing the bottle!jlruthven (612) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 31, 2013
Clear copper to ruby red beer, small yellow head, unstable, non adhesive. Aroma: fruity, malts, red fruits, bit sugary, sweet, bubble gum, strawberry jam. MF: ok carbon, medium to full body. Taste: bit sweet, sugary, malts, strawberry jam, honey, citrus, pretty bitter and hoppy. Aftertaste: bitter hoppy, sweet caramel, sugar, red fruits, some alcohol.
Bottle, poured into a snifter. Mahogany red, russet hints, and an impressive head, considering the ABV. Big oak/vanilla sweetness on the nose, nice punch of hops, toffee, caramel, a hint of fruitcake and booze. Thick mouthfeel, with citric hops right at the front of the tongue, segueing into a slick, maple-barrel sweetness. Bitter, long finish. JaBier (7973) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JAN 30, 2013
Bottle shared by a friend. Pours clear amber with a medium beige head. Aroma of malt, corn, caramel, maple and some booze. Malty flavor with maple and caramel along with some dry hops before a boozy finish. Chuckaduck (674) - Highland Heights, Kentucky, USA - JAN 28, 2013
Pours translucent green-copper with a thin white head. Aroma is hoppy, sweet, earth, dark fruit, alcohol. Taste is complex; vanilla, dark fruit, earth, grass, citrus, dry red grapes all stand out, but really there’s a lot more going on here. Well-hidden alcohol. Thick, chewy mouth feel. Low carbonation. Incredibly drinkable. Delicious, amazing and beautiful. This beer was masterfully crafted. There is so much at work within this blend, but it’s so perfectly woven together, creating this homogeneous experience. It breaks my heart that this will probably never be bottle again.