gsmitty80 (1858) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 12, 2014
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Great sweet and a bit tart winter ale that has good alcohol. Enjoyable from the fist sip to the last.
jgb9348 (4893) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JAN 18, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Rich deep dark brown coloured body with a little ruby and copper tint and a nice, two centimetre tall tan head. Aroma of bright english hops, a ton of pit fruits, some yeast and basement must and a lot of deep nuts and caramelised sugars. Full-bodied; Strong pit fruit flavours with a lot of nuts and earth, some mellow yeast and a touch of cherries with a light hop note at the very end. Aftertaste shows a good blend of malt and hops with a lot of earth and nuts, some pit fruits and a touch of deep bitterness. Overall, a nice strong ale with some nutty and earthy flavours and a good deal of bitterness. I sampled this pint on draught at Ironhorse Tap Room in Washington, DC on 23-December-2013.
nimbleprop (5295) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 12, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
4oz sample at Churchkey’s 3 Stars 1st Anniversary event. Pours a hazy, caramel amber with one ring of clumpy, beige head. Nose is a mix of booze, chocolate, tropical fruit, caramel, pear. Boozy flavor, can sugar, rum, spice, nail polish, malt, caramel, a little vanilla. Full, spicy finish. A little hot. Seems a bit out of proportion.
BeerandBlues2 (10249) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - AUG 10, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at Churckey (labelled as aged in Maker’s Mark barrels). Pours clear tawny with a medium, frothy off-white head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is bourbon, caramel and cookie malt, dates and earthy hops. Flavor is booze, sweet malt, light hops and bitterness with dates and a sweet finish. Full body and medium carbonation.
mansquito (3679) - Nueva York, New York, USA - MAR 17, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pizzeria Paradiso, Georgetown tap ($6): Pours a murky brownish color with a small head. Aroma is a whole bunch of different fruit flavors. Taste is pretty much dates, plums, and whatever other similar such fruits beer vaguely tastes like, along with plenty of malt. There is very little hop character, as this beer is a mostly a malt monster. Easy to drink and alcohol is well-covered although there is a hint of booze in the aroma.
nuplastikk (4747) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 10, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler at DC tasting. Red-amber, thick beige head. Aggressively sweet, los of booze soaked dark fruit. Raisin, plum, prune. A sort of odd creature, piny sticky finish, but not so much hop character. OK. Mellow aroma.
BVery (7104) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - NOV 28, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2013 Tap at Churchkey. Rich reddish amber pour with a smaller head. Dark fruit sweetness, bourbon and oak, full palate. Excellent. The menu here says its aged on Makers Mark bourbon soaked oak staves.
argo0 (11729) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 24, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler, thanks Travlr. Small off-white head, clear garnet body. Aroma is moderately sweet, plum, cherry, some caramel. Taste is sweet, cherry, caramel, plum, light alcohol. Sticky medium-full body, low carbonation. Very much an English barleywine.
radagast83 (5201) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - NOV 24, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler shared by Travlr. Thanks! Poured a ruby red color, with a wispy white head. Aroma is toffee, caramel notes, some additional sweetness in there. Creamy toffee notes, caramel notes. Alcohol is a bit noticeable, but expected considering 10.2%. Very nice.
Huhzubendah (2738) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 24, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler shared by Travlr. Thanks Gene!
The beer appears a hazy mahogany hue with a small head. The aroma brings dark fruits, booze, toffee, caramels, brown sugar, dates, raisins. The flavor is complex, albeit a bit sweet and boozy. Though I don’t gravitate toward this style often, I found this rather enjoyable, and even went back for a second small pour. Medium bodied with lingering notes of chewy caramels. Fairly low carbonation. A solid beer.