OldGrowth (2340) - North Carolina, USA - AUG 19, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, from Julioís. Good nose, sweet. Oak, pear, caramel, vanilla. Nice clean brownish orange color, small to no head, though I did pour kinda slow. Sweet bitter flavors, like aromas with whiskey and orange also.Thick body, Creamy oily mouthfeel, sweet sticky finish. Feel the burn. Interesting brew, so sweet. Nice for sippin.
legion242 (2071) - Richardson, Texas, USA - AUG 19, 2005
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Wow, really sweet. So sweet that anything else is hidden- no alcohol, no oak chips, no hops. Very syrupy. Luckily I bought another bottle and I will give it at least a year and re-rate.
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - AUG 16, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle scored from Matta, thank you Matt for the opportunity! Slightly opaque amber colored. Scant head formation and no lacing. Tannic, vanilla, tons of residual sugar in nose. Thick and coating to the palate until the alcohol dries everything up. Very malty, sweet, sugary. Definately an after meal sipper and shared with another. I split this one with DarkElf and the Walking Man brewer and his crew. The most common comment heard was: "This is Beer?í Decent, decadent and on the fringes.
jgentgesdo (659) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - AUG 16, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours mildly hazy orange with no head and therefore no lacing, small bubbles race up the glass. Nose is creamy, malty, very strong, almost vinious, but overall reminds me of good bourbon. The flavor is complicated and great. It begins very sweet, with creamy malt and maple syrup, I also detect dates and some kind of apple? Oak flavoring is apparent, along with the vanilla taste that often goes along with this. Very sweet and strong, the alcohol is apparent but well balanced by the sweetness. There is hops in the flavor but almost completely overwhelmed by everything else. The palate leaves the flavors on your tongue for a long time. The beer is very heavy and rich, and if you like sweet barleywine this is the best ever.
heemer77 (5053) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - AUG 16, 2005
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JUN 20, 2008 This poured with a medium amber body. The aroma was sweet apples and caramel. There is also some vanilla. The taste is cherries and 7 Up. The feeling is warming from the huge ABV. This has cloying sweetness that detracts from the entire package. Needs a little more balance and less fruit. I have no idea what their goal was with this beer.
Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - AUG 16, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 29, 2005 Sampled at the Corkscrew, Urbana, 8/14/2005 courtesy of Sally. Iím surprised to see this beer rated in the mid70s, given I thought this a quality product. Its a bit of an odd creature, because as noted, it lacks the hop backbone many similar beers would have. The sweetness is a bit overwhelming, but if one realizes this was intended and not a mistake, I believe one appreciates the quality more. On the nose, notes of caramel and toffee with vanilla and oak. On the palate, more of the same with mandarin orange, candied ginger, and plum. Reminds me a bit of Grand Marnier. The profile would only be improved by using bourbon over oak. A stellar and warm finish compliments of the 14.5 ABV. Updated 10/29: Another bottle and similar startling notes of orange, but I did find the sweetness somewhat out of proportion. It makes for a great dessert beer, and when paired with some blue cheese as I did last night, spectacular.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 15, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Clear copper in color with some skittish bubbles around the bend. Enticing and dynamic aroma filled with squeezable plastic toys, cherry toffee, ABV, amaretto, vanilla and clover. Smooth and sweet. Caramel and a vinous honey/maple juxtaposition bridge the nose to the flavors, complimented by traces of vanilla and barrel aging process. Head warming and dactylic senses are on stand-by to confirm the subtle ferocity of this concoction. Impeccable balance with the alcohol serving as merely an after thought. Sugary sweetness to keep it in line. Thanks again, JPDIPSO, for busting out some really good stuff and sharing!
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - AUG 15, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow. I really liked this. A brief beige head tops a deep amber body. The nose hold notes of dried fruit, vanilla, caramel, citrus, brown sugar, oak, Scotch, and corn syrup. Thick and syrupy in the mouth, no carbonation. Flavor was sweet and syrupy but not cloyingly so. Lots of dried fruit mixed with Scotch. Nice to sip from a snifter.
1FastSTi (3220) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 15, 2005
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Thanks John. This beer pours to a copper body with a thin white head. The aroma is hot and malty. Light chemical aroma. The flavor is malty with an awful sweetness. I donít like this at all.
MIBRomeo (2444) - Wisconsin, USA - AUG 15, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
copper color tiny head. Smells fresh & sweet w/ a clean hop aroma and hints of plastic. Palate is creamy thick and smooth. Flavor is super sweet brown sugar and carmel w/ a tiny hint of tart and alcohol. An ok brew, much better than the beast Iíve had.
Thanks to John for sharing.