Nephilium (1628) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JAN 25, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 23, 2009 Saw this on the shelf as I was hunting for the 2007 Old Guardian. Picked it up after reading about the story here. Pours a very cloudy dark amber, with a hint of red. Thick head that sticks around and leaves quite a bit of lacing. It smells sweet, with a hint of alcohol behind it. The beer itself has a sweet taste, with a bit of an alcohol burn as it goes down. Overall, something that is a very tasty beer, that I will pick some up to cellar.
Cracked open another of the Batch 1 beers I had in the cellar: the aroma has shifted to a typical barleywine, with hints of dark fruits and alcohol. The coloration has more hints of red, and carbonation is still good. There is no longer any alcohol burn present in the beer at all, somewhat sweet, with a touch of biscuity malts in the finish. This is still a delicious beer.
oldrtybastrd (4888) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 19, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a darkish red/brown. Aromas of spice, coriander, yeast, and alcohol. Flavor has an alcohol taste to it, mixed with a nice smokey dark fruit. Also has strong hints of spice.
daje (3416) - NORWAY - MAY 2, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Cafe Sara, july 3rd 2015. Unclear amber body with a white head. Aroma of spice yeast, caramel, apples. Taste of banana, toffee, red wine notes and choriander. Thick malty finish with a bready raisin and yeast aftertaste. Quite a special beer, and enjoyable too.
drowland (7775) - Georgia, USA - MAR 29, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
3/29/16. 22oz bottle from Five Points. $1.99 on the clearance rack. Bottle says Batch #8, bottled Jan. 2015. I’m actually surprised I’ve never rated this... I have walked by this bottle a hundred times. I guess a $2 price tag finally sold me. Clear amber red pour under a nice khaki head, mild lacing. Rich, dark fruits aroma, loads of em, with dark sugars and toast. Big caramel flavor, loads of dark fruits, raspberry candy, toast, biscuit. Surprisingly smooth and easy drinking for the ABV. Perhaps the age helps? Not bad!
bobsmart567 (15) - - FEB 27, 2016
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
It was just ok. I found it tasted rather pedestrian. Not bad, but not terribly interesting.
StilleStorm (1311) - Stavanger, NORWAY - JAN 16, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
DWF; Drunk at ØST. Bottled JAN. 2015. Pours moderate, hazy cobber with a frothy, somewhat lasting and lacing tan head. Nose is moderate to heavy, malt, dark dried fruit, fermented plums, sour, light yeast and alcohol. Taste is heavy sweet and medium bitter with a lasting sweet plum, warming finish. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is flat to soft.
jsporrer (466) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 15, 2016
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from a bottle - batch # 8. Pours a medium cloudy caramel brown with a huge white foamy head. Semi sweet spice and biscuit aroma. Smooth semi thick texture with a light spicy taste. Notes of toffee. Hides the alcohol well. Flavors are not as bold as I had expected. Ok but not great.
fraternie (983) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 16, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Smooth and sweet on the palate with its caramel malt and subtle plum and raisin character above slight undertones of molasses. Moderately hoppy, finishing on a bread note that feels a bit thin. Heat covered well.
geologyguy (1235) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - OCT 6, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Smell is a mix between dark fruits and malty sweetness but light either way, taste is sweet and smooth, little too sweet...very low hops, just like an over sugary drink...not much else to say...Slight alcohol burn....reminds me of chimay grande reserve...warm finish...a sipping beer
gopherfan99 (1247) - CROATIA - SEP 29, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle; pours clear amber with an off white head; aroma of bread with caramel, fruit, and bubblegum; taste is caramel, yeast, fruits, and a hint of molasses; finish is bittersweet with some alcohol warming; excellent beer
JBPortland (1451) - Portland, Maine, USA - SEP 4, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle batch 7 pours semi clear dark red brown with a finger of head. Nose is soft rounded bready dark grain, plum, dark fruit, caramel, light sweetness. Taste is medium body, smooth, caramel and dark fruit, maple, bread, malty fruit. Finishes with medium bitterness, light sweetness, dark fruits, bready maple, caramel, some grape notes, dark grain. Nose gets a bit boozy. Solid, but regular Russian River Salvation is much better.