kramer (5501) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 24, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
25 oz bottle, 12% ABV version as pictured. Pours a hazy dark amber with an orangish glow under a very small fine bubbled partial covering of beige head. Nose is of toffee and caramel malt with a good dose of alcohol and some slight oxidation. Flavor mimics aroma: toffee, caramel, yeast, alcohol, some light hints of oxidation, and bready malt. A little thinnish on the finish and has somewhat of a watery finish, or is that just a good bit of subtlety not seen with many 12% Barley Wines? A little sweet up front but finishes more on the drier side with some aged leafy hops. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with a slightly sticky texture. The carbonation is a little too fizzy and active though and a little distracting. This was pretty good, maybe a little lacking in complexity, but is that always such a bad thing? A good amount of alcohol here yet I think that it was pretty well hidden.
scania (188) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JAN 20, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Brown and hazy with tan head. Aroma: yeast, cherries. Flavor: Malt sweetness. Bitter chocolate. Full-bodied and warming. No taste of alcohol, despite the strength.
wheninhell (488) - chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 9, 2007
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
pours cloudy amber with a nice tan head that leaves nice lacing. aroma dominated by raw sour smelling hosefeedish grains. reminds me of a barn. bittersweet fruity spicy flavor with a hint of that off grainy flavor. dry spicy finish. full bodied. the bottle did say it was 12% and they did do an excelent job hiding it. very smooth and drinkable. decent but i wonder if the bottle was bad.
anders37 (20429) - Malmö, SWEDEN - NOV 27, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a nice dark amber colour with a large longlasting off-white head. Malty hoppy aroma. Sweet malty hoppy flavor, with nice hints of dark fruits. Dry malty finish with a nice bitter aftertaste. A good one.
johnnydollar (35) - greenville, South Carolina, USA - NOV 18, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
great beer, i love it! however the label on mine says 8.8 percent abv which is in contrast to other raters. the label is brown with an illustration of a woman with a sickle. i would say this is one of the finest beers i have had. very pleasantly surprised.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 22, 2006
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Vibrant, pillowy head keeps gaining momentum, eventually to the point of working with two snifters. A hazy caramel rose body lies underneath. Wonderful aromatic implications. Freesia and rhubarb meet red raspberries and red currant. A gentle cherry butter patrols in the distance with a sweet, floral and gardenia reminder. Delectable cherry toffee flavors settle on the tongue with a smooth, creamy and light hotness. Figs basking in brandy give a fine boozy favor to the autumnal frost celebration. Juniper and freesia provide a light floral persuasion while the mulled rum runner is heralded for the signature after dinner drink status it has attained. In between hot and aged right now, but the transition is pleasing to the taste buds. What once started as red raspberry kernels is now a dark fruited liquid projection. Deceptively light(er) bodied in terms of FG, but the cherry rum butter gloss sinks in heavily post-sip. Nougats and mulled cranberry crème embraces every moment of the finish. Thanks for the 2005 bottle, tpkenned!
BBB63 (6507) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - OCT 20, 2006
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12% ABV bottle just like in the picture and provided by the Clark Doble V, served in my NB worthy glass at just above cellar temps:
Cloudy reddish rusty murky something or other color with a light ring and some fancy pants lacing. The nose is pure traditional English styled Barley wine with all the trappings of caramelized and bready malts, oxidized hops, vanilla wafers, olden oak buckets, non-aromatic pipe tobacco, sea salt and other earthy vapours...OH SO NICE. Now most ratebeerians may not dig this because they like um fresh but this nose rocks my world!!!
Now for the let down I am sure to follow...the taste is moderately sweet, lightly bitter, a hint of over ripened fruit, a dash of pepper, and lots of olde skool character... holy shiz, this not only met but far surpassed my expectations!!! This is EVERYTHING I want in the traditional Barley Wine, I can find few flaws and even then I will overlook them because of the perfect blend of aged malts and hops found within.
I must know what year this was brewed and then I must acquire more for consumption over the long cold winter months. I hope not to get any of those bottles Jeff got however. THIS IS MY SURPRISE OF THE YEAR, did you age this in your cellar Clark? I am beside myself right now, this must be a perfect bottle, it can not be this good can it?
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 13, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours with an orange-amber body topped by a thick head with a good amount of lacing. It’s slightly sweet with notes of oak, vanilla and alcohol. Is this barrel aged? Full bodied and warming.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - SEP 1, 2006
1.2 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 3/20
Thanks to bentley78 for the bottle in our recent trade. Bottle 2319, 12% abv on the label. I have in the past had very poor luck with Cisco beers. So far every single one that I have had has either been infected or hideously over-carbonated. It is my sincere hope that this is not the case with this beer. It did not come lurching out of the bottle nor did it foam over when I poured it. It is an odd murky orange-brown color with a small but lasting light tan head. The aroma, uh-oh, here we have everyone’s favorite, band-aids. CRAP-CRAP! Why does this brewer fail to brew beer in such spectacular and miserable fashion? Besides the phenols there is also some sweet vinegary notes, yum. The flavor is more vinegary but the phenols are quite prevelant. There is some hint of a normal beer lurking behind all the unpleasantness. Medium with a very attenuated mouthfeel. Not sweet, rich, or chewy.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - AUG 14, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a hazy amber color with a small off-white head. Sweet fruity malt aroma with notes of vanilla and dark fruit. Possibly bourbon. Sweet dark fruit flavors. Oakey notes with mild vanilla. Fairly warming. Sweetness covers most of the alcohol.