hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - DEC 13, 2011
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
bottle 289/433 on 7/3/11.
murky pecan stained woody color with a tan head which takes quite a while to work up.
the nose wreaks of lactic sourness... sauerkraut, soured raisins, malty sweetness, multi vitamins and chocolate.
it tastes like raisin soubise.... which i like when it is not supposed to be beer. 5/4/4/3/12
nimbleprop (5892) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 30, 2011
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle number 53 of 443. Pours a watery, translucent copper with some spitty, white head. Whoa! Nose is really sour, sour oranges, some raisin, light wood, cherry, celery root. Flavor has raisins, brandy, celery, cider, some weird brown sugar, vanilla. Medium bodied, flabby finish. Unconventional? Definitely. This is badly infected. This will not get better with age. I love Alesmith but this one is a drain pour.
TheAlum (6193) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - SEP 18, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml poured at Zwanze Day - WLV (Chicago, IL). Pours a murky brownish pour, a frothy tannish head dies to a loose bubbly head, laces ok. Aromas are sweet toffee, a touch of salt, oak, Bourbon, and butterscotch. Faint spice, dark fruit, and marmalade. Some good vanilla. Very sweet overall. Initial oranges, toffee, caramel, and vanilla tannins. Oak, Bourbon, and touches of sweetness, some gentle spice. Some really sweet caramel, toffee, butterscotch, vanilla in parts. Backend throws touches of toast, more toffee, some gentle spice, lingering barrel tannins, orange marmalade. Fairly sweet, lingering citrus, toffee. Finish is a bit sticky, vanilla, butterscotch, sweetness grows witha. Touch of ABV heat. Overall, a well aged barrel aged beer. I wouldn’t call it earth moving but it certainly is well aged and has a few layers. Very nice. A bit sweet, but certainly has held up well. I didn’t really get sourness, perhaps a good deal of fruit, but sourness seems absent.
deyholla (8114) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 17, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Shared by someone at Zwanze day 2011 Chicago, thanks. Pours a hazy golden brown with a yellow brown head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma is full of sweet grains, caramel with a lot of sweet bourbon. Flavor is extremely sweet with grains and caramel with some salt and sweet bourbon in the finish.
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - SEP 1, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big thanks to Lunch for bringing this bottle to the barrel-aged barleywine tasting yesterday. Big want of mine getting slayed via the SAVOR snifter.
Pours a nice copper color with a half-finger off-white head and some spotty lacing. Thin collar.
The nose starts off with good notes of caramel and brown sugar. Bourbon in the background with slight vanilla. Very slight bit of tart cherry works its way in, adding some nice complexities. The flavor is a great combo of malt and bourbon with oak and vanilla in the background. Cherry comes out more with a very slight tartness as it warms, creating a really interesting mouthfeel.
Very nice brew that I was quite happy to try.
bu11zeye (12268) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - AUG 29, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(750ml bottle, courtesy of BMan1113VR) Pours a deep mahogany (near black) body with small tan head. Aroma of caramel, oak, vinous, plum, and toffee. Flavor of plum, raisins, vinous, and sourness.
BeerHawk (1810) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - AUG 27, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle #118 of 433 - Thanks Scott and Abby!. Poured brown with a tan head. Aroma of whiskey, vanilla, molasses and a backing of dark fruits. The flavor found tart dark fruit and a good malt backbone. Light alcohol in the flavor. Medium to full body, long tart and vanilla aftertaste. Nice!
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 24, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750ml bottle. appreciate this bonus from a generous californian trading partner. you know who you are... pours a ruddy, mostly non-transparent murky caramel toffee hue with lighter brown edges. a barely noticeable soapy clear bubbly head rests on top and is quick to retreat and disappear... initial aroma of bourbon, vanilla, caramel, and molasses, no hops really and then quickly turning into a medley or sour fruit consisting of cherries and others dark fruits. i was expecting sour and that i received although not quite sure if that was the original intention of this beer... flavors follow a similar wavelength with the sour dark fruits really coming through and taking over. hardly and sweet malt contributing to it at all while small doses of vanilla and bourbon do surface every now and again. tart and sour with a thin to medium bodied alongside a lighter level of carbonation. i much prefer the base beer to this version. i probably wouldn’t seek this one out again but glad to have tried it.
jrallen34 (3497) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 15, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to Chris... dark brown but gets redder to the ends, light tan head, on the water side... the nose is mostly caramel with some nice smooth oak notes, dark fruits as well... the taste is more caramel but thick with some bourbon and a nice tart accent, adds a little something unique to this but not blown away
nickd717 (3638) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 15, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to largadeer for this great tick. Cloudy dark brown in color with reddish hues and a small light beige head. Fruity aroma with dark berries, caramel, and a little tartness evident. Good flavor with sweet caramel, oak, bourbon, prune, fig, and good tartness. Medium-full bodied with lower carbonation. Pretty good overall, but not much better than the non-bal aged version.