hopdog (8521) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 25, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle acquired in trade with The_Beer_God (thanks!). Bottle labeled # 0399 / 2007. Poured a deeper mahogany color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of dry grassiness, husky, caramel, roast, and some dark fruits. Tastes of toffee, earthy, citrus, and dark fruits.
egajdzis (5194) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 25, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a murky chestnut color with a small, off white head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of dark fruits, raisins, caramel, light cocoa, with a bit of roast. Taste of dried fruits, light caramel, citrus fruits, more raisins, and a bitter, sharp hoppiness, with some alcohol in the finish.
TomDecapolis (4394) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - JAN 24, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to hopdog. Pours a deep brown with lot of amber notes and a medium creamy bubbly off white head. Aroma of tropical fruits, dried fruits, toffee, vanilla, light alcohol, sweet malts and some hops. Flavor of some hop bitterness, alcohol, earthy, caramel, toffee and some various dried fruits.
argo0 (11181) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 12, 2008
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
(22oz bottle, #0652/2007, thanks mj) Cloudy dark brown body with small tan head. Aroma is medium sweet, herbal, some grassy. Taste is moderately sweet, grassy/herbal, some astringency. Medium-full body.
3fourths (7797) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 10, 2008
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle from Whole Foods in Vienna. First hint of the nose and I’m thinking of the somewhat herbal mixture you get with cut grass and a freshly laid dog turd. Sounds crass but that’s honestly what it smells like at first. I guess after a little aeration the smell seems to improve, with some young, greenish hops showing through and a mildly acidic malt body. Seems to resemble a high gravity randomly spiced scotch ale, and the texture is a bit slick, twangy, and wet, finishing with a bit of a fuesal caramel malt flavor. Not exactly good, and this seems like it need more time to condition in the bottle.
kmweaver (3206) - Petaluma, California, USA - JAN 9, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle, #0652/2007, courtesy of mj. Thanks, Mike! Pours a dark, murky cherry-brown color; khaki-colored head with solid lacing. Lots of spice in the aroma: cinnamon, allspice (almost pumpkin beer spicing), and a hefty amount of brown sugar. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: sticky brown sugar, caramel, and candy sugar; quite sticky and a bit messy composition; some warming alcohol comes through, but integrated reasonably well with some residual sugar. Lengthy, sugary and dried fruit finish; some dry brown sugar coming through.
ryan (3187) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - JAN 9, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Provided by mj. Hazy dark brown body with a small beige head. The nose is cookie dough, caramel, cola and light berry. The flavor is moderately sweet, lightly bitter with brown sugar, cola, plums and very light citrus. Full body is round with light carbonation.
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - DEC 31, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber, #862 of 2007. Clear copper pour with a thin beige head. Big, sweet malt nose, spicy hop and tangy citrus notes. Big, spicy flavors - WOW, spicy! I wish I had a more intricate knowledge of spices to describe this. All sorts - allspice, clove, cinnamon, more... I just don’t know the names, frankly. Anyway, all this over a firm, sweet malt backbone. Thick and chewy body. Brown sugar emerges for the finish, a bit of warming from the alcohol. Nice - I already wonder what age wil do...
BeerandBlues2 (9071) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - DEC 31, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22-oz bottle, number 426 of 2007 received via trade with Immy. Pours dark brown with an average, frothy, light brown head, mostly diminishing with fair lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (cookie, caramel, nutty), heavy hops (flowers, perfume), average yeast (dough) with notes of raisin, prune, and smoke. Full bodied, alcoholic texture, average carbonation, and a bitter finish. Long duration, moderate sweetness, heavy acidity and bitterness; brown sugar and a bit of vinegar at the end.
Drake (7940) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - DEC 30, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle #838 of 2007. Part 5 of 5 of my barleywine-fest, and my 100th overall rating. Yippee! Pours a muddy brown, almost like mud, with a thin head that does not last. Good lacing. Mild aroma, heavy with butterscotch. Taste is more of same. Hops are a little too straightforward at first, but mellow out as the beer warms.