j12601 (12698) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - DEC 28, 2014
Bottle at James’ for the multi-K tasting. Pours a deep black with a medium to thin tan head. Red wine and wood on the nose, warm wood and sweet malt and caramel. Roast and cocoa. Long chocolate and malt, warming caramel and alcohol. Tasty enough. Still don’t like barleywines. Beerman6686 (6607) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 20, 2014
This poured a darker red with a beige head. Aroma was of.Belgian yeast, candy sugar, dark fruit and wine. Flavor was similar, more like a quad. Definitely nowhere near M. AdamChandler (5100) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 6, 2014
split 4 ways. small fridge temp pour.
burg326 (5489) - Florida, USA - AUG 20, 2014
A - Prune juice murky reddish brown
S - Nose is whiskey, toffee, caramel corn and chocolate rice milk.
T - sharp doughy yeast and persimmon and figs with a stout roasty finish
M - creamy thick mouthfeel
O - Nice but not insanely pushing too many limits. still an interesting beer.
Poured a deep brown color with aromas of light candied dates, dark fruit, light caramel, some roast, and a touch of booze. Flavors were a mixture of the aromas, nice beer overall, couldn’t drink a ton of this, but a nice night cap. Sarlacc83 (2287) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 6, 2014
Bottle provided undercover by Brian. Thanks!
A: Black body, mocha head.
N: Smoke, licorice, molasses, cocoa, coffee, lactic acid, cinnamon, peppercorn, rye, tobacco.
T: Sour coffee - with the implications of bitter and sour.
M: Medium body, slightly oily.
O: This is definitely in the ’black’ saison category, but unfortunately that doesn’t save it, since black saisons aren’t any good. This one was so desirable...before.
blipp (9374) - La Mesa, California, USA - JUN 29, 2014
Bottle. Pours deep brown with a beige head. Toffee malts, very light roasted malty notes, hints of spices, and a light grainy base. Pretty good. BOLTZ7555 (3027) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUN 21, 2014
Bottle shared by ibrew2or3 @ Woodshed 3.0! Dark mahogany pour bordering black body with a creamy khaki head. Bready, nougat, maple, tart cherry, dark fruit, yeast, and spicy rye. Some oak, some ash, some merlot. Definitely some semblance of an infection but not undrinkable. Glad I had a chance to try this! daknole (11049) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUN 15, 2014
Brown pour, light brownish head. So the combination of sweet malts, Belgium yeast, fruity esters combine fairly well with barrels. Certainly not as bad as many make it out to be. Ibrew2or3 (8660) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUN 14, 2014
Barleywine rating #500Bulk_Carrier (6065) - Vermont, USA - MAY 7, 2014
22oz bomber generously offered to me by SHIG. Thanks Shawn!!! It pours with a dark mahogany body the supports a tan head of foam. The aroma offers up brown sugar dusted plums, dates malts and molasses. Alright. The taste begins with brown sugar, molasses and then a modest tart note that seems kind of tannin kind of resiny hop bitterness and it shreds and crashes right into the smooth sweet goodness. To midway the fruity esters are noticed with plums and dates and ripe cherry sweetness. These flavors come together pretty darn well and I’m really enjoying this experience. I like it!
Reviewed from notes. Consumed May 5, 2014.
Into a chalice.
The appearance had a semi-dark brown to black color with a two finger white foamy head that leaves a super amount of clingy foamy lacing.
The smell had a large amount of Belgian sugars leaving some nice spiciness in the dark fruits that end up coming across once it warmed.
The taste was spicy and sweet with the sugars, fruits and Belgian spices coming across in a pretty good way. The aftertaste was spicy and sweet leaving a dry finish.
On the palate, it sat about a medium to heavy with a nice Belgian spicy coating laying across my mouth and tongue and amplified a pretty good cherishing sweetness all over.
Overall, I liked this one a lot and would welcome it again if ever given the chance.