JStax (4124) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - APR 28, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 ounce bottle from Tooch. Thanks! Poured from a bottle into a mini snifter. Appearance is a dark copper, nearing a reddish hue. Minimal white foam head. Aroma is reminiscent of hand sanitizer and cinnamon. Taste is mostly burn and grainy alcohol with a finish that reaminds me a lot of fireball candy.
Drake (11172) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JAN 25, 2008
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
22 oz bottle. Pours bronze colored and cloudy with a thin head that does not last. Aromas of wheat and root beer. Very sweet. Hops are there, but do not come close to balancing out this beer. This is an ok sipping beer now, but I fear what will happen by the end of the bottle.
argo0 (12513) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 1, 2007
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
(2006 Vintage 22oz bottle, thanks BückDich) Small tan head with particulate-filled copper/red body. Aroma is moderately sweet, plum, some raisin, orange/grapefruit, raisin, light earthy. Taste is medium sweet, plum, earthy, some orange, grapefruit, light lemon. Fairly dry finish. Low carbonation, medium-full body, some resin.
fiercepanda (615) - Missouri, USA - NOV 5, 2011
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
A cloudy dark caramel colored beer with a small beige head. The aroma is grainy, floral, and dishwater. The is kind of funky with some lemon and quite an alcohol punch. Okay, but not something I would drink often.
bwa5879 (826) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 5, 2014
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Dark Carmel colored pour with small ring of offwhite head. Scents of soapy florals, super light. Light taste too, a little watery: floral hops dominate, Carmel too, very light for a barley wine of this ABV.
muzzlehatch (4420) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - DEC 25, 2006
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
22 ounce bottle from Bello Vino in Ann Arbor, MI (December 2006), sampled below cellar temperature on Christmas Day from a Corsendonk glass. Murky amber-bronze with just a bit of a tan ring and flecks of retained foam, no lacing....plum and raisin, light alcohol, toasty/seared malts in the nose, faint woody hops, acceptable but no excitement to be found....rather sugary throughout, a bit underfermented and worty, somewhat lactic and sour at the middle, edging towards a bitter, lightly mineralic and woody finish....brown sugar/molasses flavors aren’t bad and some nice herbal (mint, tarragon) notes show up in the nose with some warmth, but this is really not well-balanced, seems rather off and is just not a fun experience. Oh well, I didn’t really expect much....
StFun (567) - Indiana, USA - APR 6, 2008
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Man, I really appreciate xmarcnolanx for sending this one my way. I saw the same, saw the label and just HAD to try it! Sadly, this one doesn’t stand up. Pours amber with a strong boozy aroma. Flavor is dominated by malt and hops, some carmelized sugar flavor in there as well, but no Fruit Loops or Trix like I expected. The Cap’N just didn’t make it Happen here. This is my favorite label of all time though, and thanks to marc for this one!!
3fourths (8804) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 23, 2011
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
2007 batch. muddy rusty red. heavy caramel malt nose. sweet, thick and chewy up front. oxidation most noticeable in the finish: syrupy, sticky malt extract / stale bread crust. yeast is a bit dirty and chalky.
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 13, 2007
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
diss22oz bottle. Poured into a large snifter. Dark brown topped with a thin tan head. Sweet toasted malty aroma with a bit of molasses. Flavor is sweet up front, then an odd, medicinal/herbal taste enters the fold. These flavors dissipate, giving way to a sweet burnt brown sugar flavor. Not a fan.
AskForJenny (1051) - Ontario, New York, USA - FEB 5, 2009
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
22oz 2008 Vintage - Cloudy red under thin tan head. Very little carbonation, waxy and sweet profile on nose. Lots of hops on first contact yielding to a burnt malt and bitter furniture polish hit. Overwhelming finish and lingering after taste, like I should shave my tongue. I am not a barley wine person.