twindadplus2 (743) - Wisconsin, USA - MAR 4, 2009
Dark burgundy with a very thin head. Earthy, fruity aroma with a hint of dark sugars. Flavor is a woody sweetness accompanied by raisins and apples. Alcohol bitterness finishes it off with a bittersweet finish. I’ll add my yes vote to letting this one age a bit to see if that mellows it at all. Skyview (6115) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - MAR 2, 2009
Picked up a four-pack at Steve’s Liquor & More in Madison, Wisconsin. Pours a semi-hazy copper/reddish amber brew with a fast dissolving off-white head. Aroma of caramel malt, some apple, toffee with some dark pitted fruits. Taste is medium to full bodied, flavors of raisined brown sugar, a hint of oak, and caramel. Finish is semi-sweet, some metallic alcohol and a mild bitterness. I’d aged this one a little bit. hopdog (13258) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 1, 2009
12oz bottle acquired in trade with NobleSquirrel (thanks!). Poured a medium and slightly hazy amberish/brownish color with a small sized off white head. Aromas of earthiness, toasty, dark fruits, and caramel. Tastes of caramel, toffee, citrus, dark fruits, woody, and sherry. Syrupy body. Alcohol burn in the finish. badgerben (5380) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - FEB 28, 2009
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2010 Original Rating, Feb 28, 2009: Deep, dark copper/reddish color with no head. Slight apple and sherry notes in the aroma. Heavy, rich malt and grain taste. Some cola and herbal flavors. Rummy. A little oak, but not really vanilla. Brown sugar. Enjoyable now, but it should be a hell of a lot better in the future. 7/4/7/4/16HonkeyBra (4044) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - FEB 28, 2009
Re-rating, Feb 28, 2010. Dark red color with a barely there head. Nice aroma of brown sugar, molasses and dark fruits. Strong malt taste, but an immediate metallic twang. Light brown sugar and raisins. Still some hot alcohol notes.
Pours deep red with no head at all. Aroma of deark fruit, some hops and alcohol. FFlavor is very agressive, some dark, rum soaked fruits, some citrus, some bitter hops. Some whiskey cherries in there as well. Very boozy, needs to settle down a bit, although I still like it.
brewblackhole (1587) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 27, 2009
Aroma is all the great aspects of the Barleywine style, dark fruit tinged malt,some cola, a smidget of hops and a healthy dose of alcohol. Taste is at first that dark fruit laden malt but an aggresive alcohol catches up quickly,dominating even the hops that fight for some attentionThe after taste is smooth alcohol coating,never really gets hot, . Some may say that Dan may have taken to much ice off,but it will certainly tame down a little,absolutely enjoyable ,even now,a lovable winter warmer,not something you’d enjoy on a hot summer day Drake (14332) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 27, 2009
12 ounce bottle shared by cdumler. Thanks! Pours a clear cranberry red color with lots of carbonation. Thin head. Poor head retention and fair lacing. Aroma is booze, toffee, cherry. Taste is cherries, green apple, toffee, alcohol. Full bodied. adrian910ss (2606) - Doylestown, PA, USA - FEB 24, 2009
Pours a dark yet clear amber mahogany copper with a small oft white head. Aroma of pomegranate juice, candied sugar, and ripe dark fruit. Taste of light pomegranate juice, candied sugar, raisins and a touch of syrupy alcohol. NobleSquirrel (3439) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 23, 2009
Bottle from Woodman’s in Kenosha. Pours a dark brown/red with no head. Nose is a ton of caramel and some raisin, booze and prunes. Huge mouthfeel and hides the alcohol very well. Some vanilla and sweetness, but there is a pretty big hop backbone to this, quite better and well balanced. I’m not sure what people were expecting, but this is phenomenal. With some barrel aging, this would be as good or better than Wooden Hell. Great beer. CanIHave4Beers (4243) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - FEB 23, 2009
Pours a deep red color with a moderate head that fades into a swirl on top of the beer. Kind of a boozy smell some good brandy, some good caramel sweetness, and a mild floral character. The flavor is slightly hot, but not unforgivable. Some notes of cherry, brandy some mild hops balancing a large cordial like sweetness. The palate is very full and very luxurious.