Silphium (3111) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JAN 3, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, 2010 vintage. Ruddy orange-red-brown body, thin clumping beige head. Deep, robust caramely nose with notes of brown sugar, prune, and alcohol, warming, rich and prickly. Caramely body with prune and raisin in addition to dusty, earthy, faded hops and hints of alcohol, a tad oxidized but not terribly so. Overall, it’s a pretty good rendition.
JohnGalt1 (195) - , Idaho, USA - DEC 10, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2013 bottling picked up today at the COOP for about $9... Pretty good value for such a well made American BW. Beautiful.. light yellow head.. some spotty lacing.. very clear dark brown brew when you hold it to a light. very nice.
Thick malty aroma.. dark caramel with floral hops and a touch of grapefruit.. toffee and raisins.. dates? Fruity yeasty notes..
Amazingly smooth.. silky malt off the top.. thick caramel.. with just than enough chocolate.. pine and grapefuit hoppy flavors are drawn out from the sweetness.
Body is lighter than I remember... But still a great example of the style and one of my favorites.
JulienHuxley (2142) - Hilversum, NETHERLANDS - OCT 29, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, gifted by GT2 a while back and opened today (rot box cleaning op) (2008 bottle). Pours a gorgeous deep red pour with creamy off white head - picture perfect BW. Aroma of rich malts, light sherry notes (enjoyable oxidization notes), cherries, toffee, caramel, very bright despite it’s aged. Taste is fruity, nice strong booze, toasted malt, burnt caramel, port. Palate is rich and full but not too sweet, good carbonation. Very surprised by this one, if rot boxes were full of these we wouldn’t call them rot boxes anymore.
Atom (1118) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 27, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
2009 bomber pours a murky reddish brown with a very thin khaki head. Aroma of caramel and toffee malts. Taste is mainly caramel and toffee, dark fruits, some brown sugar, with slight raisin, and a touch of bitterness and alcohol on the finish. Pretty nice and balanced.
2011 bomber pours a bright dark yet clear amber brown with a medium khaki head. Aroma of mild caramel and toffee malts with a touch of alcohol. Taste of caramel and toffee malts, brown sugar, dark fruits, with a slight bitterness and small amount of alcohol on the finish.
Very similar less alcohol and more balance in the 2009.
jmagnus87 (2034) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - OCT 15, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle sampled at a tasting. From notes. 2008 vintage. Boozy in a good way, with vanilla, caramel, dark fruits and a little oak. Pretty darn awesome.
snoworsummer (1025) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 27, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a 2011 bottle shared by sonnycheeba. Pours clear dark ruby brown with a thin off white head. Tastes like raisins and hints of grapefruit, grapenuts, bread, and dried fruit. heavy body with a mild syrup flavor. Low/medium carbonation. Smells like old grapes, fermenting fruit, some light chocolate and caramel.
sonnycheeba (2532) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 27, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2011 bottle. Pours dark, tawny brown with creamy beige head. Aroma is cereal and cookie malts, caramel, figs, dates, floral notes, grapes, and light sherry. Flavor is bready malts, some dark fruit sweetness, light hop bitterness, faint booze, and dry woody notes; finishes dry with a somewhat tart flavor that lingers. Medium/full body and low carbonation.
vtafro (2169) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - AUG 26, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Brown pour with tan head. Aroma is full of oxidation, dark malt, and some hints if hops. Flavor is strong malt, fruit, light oxidation. Have had better pours of this.
ericdevin (466) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - AUG 3, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from 16 Tons Cafe, Eugene. 2011 vintage. Pours a medium brownish red. Aroma huge figs, booze, raisins, caramel. Body smooth, booziness very muted, finish subtle and brief.
ReggieDunlap (2778) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 3, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a clear ruby color with a medium tan head. Aroma has dark and candied fruits, mild bitterness, and almost an oaky note. Flavor follows suit and adds a very mild vanilla and a hint of booziness. Mouthfeel is medium and silky with a fruity/earthy bitter robust and warming finish.
rhsiung (492) - USA - MAY 24, 2013
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
on tap @ the hanger on the wharf. described by the waitress as "like an ipa". like neither an ipa nor a barley wine. / average, butterscotch, smoke, floral, salty, cereal, vanilla, woody, astringent, clear