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89 92 86 3 12 1

 
Review by tavernjef on 05/20/10  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
92 3 9 20 5 9 2010
Pours a syrupy brown but settles like a thick murky brown sludge, getting close to black with some lighter yeasty crumbs floating around in suspended animation. Head about a finger high, tannish and thickly foamed but dissolves fairly quickly to a thin ring, lace is in sticky whisped strings and sparitc spotting.
Smell is hugely malted with caramel wafting from the glass with a deep, deep dark pineyness of hops that lays in the back lusciously tormenting you to sniff deeper which brings out notes of ripe raisin and dark citrus, alcohol smokes through after each sip into the nose and right into your head.
Taste is a whole lotta caramel malt, large and in your face, characterized in thickness with a complexing hop profile that really shines. The hops begin to start dancing almost as soon as it hits your tongue, those malts are just laying the groundwork here and keeping a great balance. Hops are somewhat abrasive, raw, and earthy, but in a good way, bitterness is steeped in pine, quite deep and dark, resiny, grapefruity deep soured and lingering. The hops pull up and take a seat on your tongue and hang there for the length of a road trip. Quite amazing!
Feel is pretty smooth and heavy, full and lush, a bit pushy even, with a great finish of hoppy piney bittering that lingers on and on and on. An exceptional barleywine!
Goes down surprisingly easy and the alcohol hardly makes its presense felt til much later. Some may not like the hops as much and believe them to be over barring, then age away, but as is; fresh, this stuff is wonderful! If Bigfoot had a brother this would be his twin.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by tjthresh on 07/28/08  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
90 3 10 18 5 9 2008
poured this bear into a brandy snifter, and man does it look delicious. Has a chocolaty, burnt caramel, deep reddish, almost porter look to it, with a compact tan head that completely vanished. Mostly malt aroma that comes off at English toffee. and some detectable hop character for balance. Flavors of raisins, chocolate, toffee, spicy hops. Rich and meant to be savored. Easily one of the best beers I’ve ever had the pleasure to drink. It is a damn shame that this will never be made again. 1 million thank yous go to BBB63 for the unexpected treat.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Tip Top on 01/01/08  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 3 10 18 4 8 0
Reviewed from notes from leftovers from the party the night before the Great Taste at Maduro.

A - Pours a cloudy mahogony with a reddish tint to it. Sort of the color of cherrywood. Small thick head made up of mostly tight bubbles.

S - Big boozy nose. Tons of brown sugar here, along with molasses and a good amount of dark fruit. Figs and raisins.

T - Starts with just tons of brown sugar. Molasses, toffee and touch of caramel. Towards the end you get a nice bitter hop wash.

M - Full bodied. Thick and chewy. Pretty darn smooth.

D - Very nice. Aging has done just fine by this beer. A true sipper, this one took me over an hour to drink.

Served In: Pint Glass

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