AlchemistZ (493) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - JAN 18, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: OCT 28, 2011 Very dark red in color, not quite as dark as the Big Dickís, with a voluminous, orangey-tan head. Aroma is densely caramel-like but not necessarily sweet or intense. Flavor is much like the aroma. It is not very complex, but it is rich and satisfying, and very well balanced.
ross (2080) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - JAN 17, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2006 bottle from Steve. Thanks! Pours out a dark very clear reddish color with a tan head. Smell is dominated by fruits and some slight hop flavors. Some cherry notes and dark fruits come through as it warms a little bit. No detection of alcohol in the nose. Taste is sweet and fruity with a little bit of a hop presence just enough to give it a bitter flavor. Great stuff really, very drinkable, probably a permanent beer on my want list now. Thanks Steve.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 16, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hazed murky crimson hue, slim white head.
Sweetness in the nose, dark fruits aplenty, rich and redolent with many types of decadence. Ripe plums, apples, grape, very plump in flavor, even on just sniffing...Iím liking this smell, though...
Taste: mmm, big, bursting dark fruit flavors, juicy berry and cherry, dripping wet, very vibrant, some plum and lavender still at large. Rich burgundy feel. Very lively in the mouth, quite a precocious brew, to revive a maligned wine term.
Much better than the Olde Ale I had from them the other night (thanks again, trbeer!) Ripe flavor from the malt, some kick from hops, and alcohol slowly steps in...nice, a well-rounded barleywine.
Aracadia once again makes a beer I can like, but wonít necessarily go crazy for...and I do like my nicely roasted, very hoppy, and bursting with fruitiness barleywines. Mmm-mmm-mmm-mm-mmm...
btw, the name is too cute, and the label art interesting..hmmm, the spoon as weapon, gotcha...scratched out Fruit Loops, very funny...but I have to say, it reeks as trying too hard. Maybe too mu
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 13, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22oz bomber. Dark ruby red with a filtered body and spiraling white head. Cola caramel malt aromas. Also aromas of tart red fruits. Full bodied with a sweet malt flavor. Nice noticeable burn. Sticky long sweet candy finish. Red berry notes, like raspberries and strawberries. Vanilla and caramel. Nice flavor. Nice and full. Long and lingering finish. Notes of pruney cola and dried fruits. Very well done!
Doon (109) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JAN 12, 2007
3.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Found at local liqour store $6.99 for a 22oz. It pours a rich reddish brown and has a nice fruity aroma. The smell is REALLY nice for a beer. It didnít taste like a normal barley wine, but more like a cross between an IPA and a dark malty ale...The alcohol is well masked until the aftertaste which makes it easy to down this brew quickly! Not the best, but definately worth a try!
brentfeesh (1207) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - JAN 11, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Enjoyed on my birthday. 22 oz bottle. Pours dark amber, very clear, with light carbonation and a wispy head. The aroma is thin but has figs, candy, caramel and alcohol. The flavor has caramel with hints of chocolate and is lightly sweet. Good level of hops with bitter pine and citrus. Well balanced but to the malty side. Medium body with an enjoyable mouth feel. Certainly drinkable but Iíve enjoyed others more.
frizzzzle (76) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - JAN 9, 2007
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2007 Pours a darkish ruddy red color, rather pretty. Thereís not much of a head apart from a bit of lace around the edge. Aroma isnít all that special, a generic soapy hop smell, with almost a bit of sourness hiding in the background. Thereís an upfront hoppy zest in the flavor, bitter, but nondescript. Holding it up is what seems to be a hefty dose of sugary malts -- caramel and sweetened coffee. The malt flavor is rich, and thereís a nice creamy mouthfeel. Thereís not much finish before the beer turns into a bitter aftertaste. Overall, decent. Not spectacular.
xproudfoot (750) - Paleolithic, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 8, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
candy store tutti frutti hop stick sugar aroma. mahogany with large for the style beige head. ipa but crueler, tangy, creamy. thick.
bgburdman9 (857) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - JAN 7, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at ashleys. Poured a dark brown color with a light colored head. Aroma and flavor had a little medicinal note to it that just threw me off. Maybe a little chocolate and a little bitterness.
heemer77 (5099) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JAN 5, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I found the label humurous as I assume it is an indirect dig at Founders Breakfast Stout. I got a bomber of this at Lukas Liquor in KC. The body poured with a deep amber colored. The thick head was medium khaki. The aroma reminded me of pancakes with some corn syrup and cherries. There was also some decent caramel. The taste has some deep toffee and milk chocolate notes. The flavor is also harsh with some alcohol, burnt toast and almonds. The thick and syrupy body lends this one to sipping. This might be better with a couple years of age.