couchand (182) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - APR 25, 2009
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Blended from two-year and three-year batches, the barleywine poured a deep dark sienna, lightly hazy, with persistent creamy head. It also leaves a little reminder on the inside of the glass. The rich, round aroma is a treat: chocolate caramels (so good), coffee, and hazelnuts. Despite the intensity of the aroma and alcohol, the flavor is light and balanced. Major coffee flavor dominates, with a roast and caramel malt character that reminds me of burnt cookies. Both malty and pleasantly bitter, “Awesomeness” is thick and coats your mouth.
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAR 5, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Millstream Beer & Chocolate tasting event. Poured an opaque dark brown color with a light brown head. Pleasant aromas of black cherry, raisin, and subdued molasses. Full bodied and delicately sweet with alcohol warmth and flavor. I tasted toffee, raisin, light molasses, and fig.