djd07 (2760) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 23, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle 2/433 thanks to Markwise. Pours a cloudy coppet with small off white head. The aroma is light oak and vanilla. Medium mouthfeel with light oak and bourbon with sweet finish. Held up very well, an impressive Barley wine from Alesmith.
mlunger12 (645) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 23, 2013
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
I love the "incidental" sourness. It’s an infection and a beer that shouldn’t. Have been released in the first place... Instead they decided that that would make some money on the process and throw some shirty product on the market.... What the hell? Seriously alesmith? Do better!
nuplastikk (4088) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 10, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottle courtesy of GT2 at DC tasting. Murky thick brown-amber-burgundy. Oily beige head. Big caramel bourbon aroma. Pretty damn nice beverage. Balanced, despite the massively rich sweetness. Mellowed/lost carbonation in the mouthfeel, but still excellent. Quite a treat.
mikem409 (1456) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - JAN 12, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Pours murky brown. Aroma of tart cherry and oak. Taste is slight hop and tangy funk. This has gone sour
wedgie9 (1737) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 18, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasted on 12/18/12 from a capped 750mL bottle obtained in a trade. Pours hazy, dark cola brown with a thin tan head that slowly recedes to a thin, bubbly collar of lace. The nose is very malty with tons of caramel, brown sugar, vanilla, tons of bourbon, and just a light tinge of sour tartness at the end. The flavor is quite the same, just like a very malty English style barley wine with tons of bourbon up front, with a dry, sour finish. The body is full and syrupy with light carbonation and a long malty caramel, brown sugar, and bourbon, but very sour finish.
hopscotch (8458) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 10, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle... Dark brown ale with a small, fat-bubbled khaki head. Good retention. The bouquet is a mélange of prune, brown sugar, dark raisins, cinnamon, vanilla and chocolate yogurt. Full-bodied and silky with modest carbonation. The flavor is an odd marriage of tart lactic acid and semi-sweet caramel flanked by a prune-like phenol. Finishes tangy, estery and phenolic with a kiss of lactic acid. Bottle courtesy of richiesd!
radagast83 (4015) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - NOV 27, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle provided by GT2. Thanks! Poured a hazy brown cola color with a wispy off-white head. Aroma was a bit of vanilla oak notes, with some toffee, sweet malts. Flavor was light funk, with some sweet toffee, vanilla and a bit of booze behind it.
Huhzubendah (2228) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 25, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Shared by GT. Thanks man!
The beer is cola brown with a small tan head. The aroma brings a potent dose of oak, funk, malt, toffee, booze, vanilla. The flavor offers toast with vanilla, bourbon, oak. Complex and wonderful. Present sourness throughout. Amazingly, this works quite well. I am really surprised how well the sour character and robust barleywine components mesh together. Medium bodied with moderately low carbonation. Light warming alcohol in the finish. Overall, this was thoroughly enjoyable. I could sip on this all night.
tderoeck (3986) - Gent, BELGIUM - NOV 25, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
13/XI/12 - 75cl bottle @ De Hopduvel (Gent) - 2008 vintage!, bottle # 176/433 (2012-1271) Huge thanks to Bobochamp for sharing the bottle!
Clear cola brown beer, no head. Aroma: very spicy, pepper, wood, dark caramel, hint of mocha, vanilla, sugary, syrup, dried fruits, rum raisins, alcohol. MF: soft carbon, full body, thick almost syrupy texture. Taste: surprisingly sour start, sour white wine, unripe red forest fruits, red currants, then caramel, sweet alcohol is very numbing, bit spicy, citric acidity, figs, sour molasses (I have this bottle of Lebanese sour molasses from figs, don’t ask). Aftertaste: little bitter, then sweet and sour, red currants, big sugary, spices, vanilla, lots of alcohol, bit of dried fruits and molasses.
argo0 (11165) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 24, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
75cl bottle, thanks GT2. Medium tan head, muddy cola-brown body. Aroma is moderately sweet, caramel, vinous, some sour, light dusky oxidation. Taste is moderately sweet, caramel, some vinous, sour, light chocolate. Sticky medium-full body, light acidity, low carbonation.