thornecb (5678) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 14, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours deep cloudy amber into a tulip. Off-white soapy head with medium retention recedes to mottle surface. Toffee, oak and pit fruit aromas. Thick with dry oak, dark pit fruit and caramel front to back and into the lasting hot toffee burn finish.
AirForceHops (6570) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 22, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
375 ml bottle, 2016 Vintage purchased at Spruce Creek Provisions, Kittery. Great clarity in a Amber color liquid. Aroma is bold dark fruits, (raisins, prune, figs) and just a hint of oak.
Wow, real nice blend here. The oak is subtle compared to the dark fruit flavors. The over 10% alcohol content is hidden almost totally. Gives just a slight warming of the belly after the swallow. Good body with a slick and slightly sticky texture. As sweet as it maybe, it never gets cloying. Very well executed.
davey101 (751) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 14, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Winter 2014 release. Pours a clear dark red with lasting khaki foam. Nose is rich butterscotch, maple, raisins, and toffee. Bourbon minus the heat, Irresistibly sweet and decadent. Taste is brown sugar and a rich toffee with slight burnt sugar/hop bitterness. Loads of maple and some booziness. This is an awesome barleywine! The barrel aging and blending is spot on!
SHIG (4930) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - APR 4, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared at Anchorage Feb ’15 Tasting: Poured orange with white head. Aroma is sweet caramel malts, oaky, and fermented fruits. The barrel aging has melded this beer very well with oak, caramel malts, fruity, subtle hops.
Lukaduke (3089) - Gray, Maine, USA - MAR 8, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draft at Black Birch. Pours a medium copper color with a finger of gaseous eggshell foam. The nose is caramel sugar, popcorn a touch of fruit and some buttery oak notes. The palate follows with a thinner body than expected. The flavors mimic oak aged cornpops cereal with some toasted malts, grain, subtle fruit and some heavy vanilla oak influence.
JBPortland (1514) - Hampton Roads, Virginia, USA - DEC 9, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2013 375ml bottle pours dark cloudy toasted orange with a finger of head. Nose is fruity raisin, fig, oak, bourbon. Taste is rich smooth malt and fruit, raisin, barrel notes, maple, caramel, nice subtle bourbon. Finish is a lingering fruity bitterness with nice fruity booze notes. Good stuff.