nuplastikk (6106) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 1, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Silver Creek. Estimated by the bar staff to be 10.5%. Sounds about right. Unfiltered thick brown-black body. Foamy rusted beige head. Big and chewy, deep chocolate, caramel, molasses. Massive, but not overbearing. Boozy brown malt..the good kind. Raisin, dark fruit. A beast of a Winter Warmer..if it is a Barleywine think English Barleywine. Well done. Some licorice notes. Lots of depth, deep and rich, and refreshingly not centered around a barrel.
arkurzynski (2378) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 23, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep mahogany red pour with dissipating off-white head. Nose thick with toffee, caramel, raisin, fig, dried citrus, and sherry. Flavor is big toasted malt, toffee, raisin, dark cherry, faint roasted malt, and bitter citrus hopping to match the malt. Lingering dark fruit and dried citrus/citrus bitterness. Thick body. Great sipper.