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 (5603) - 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.
GonZoBeeR (2752) - Ste-Eulalie, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 23, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle but is write 8.8% not 12%....
Appearance:Hazy amber-brown,good head..
Flavor:vanilla oak caramel,raisin...
TomDecapolis (4334) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - JUN 8, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to egajdzis. Pours a lightly hazy orange amber with a small bubbly tan head that left some lacing. Aroma of raisins, vanilla, caramel, sweet maltiness, citrus and cherry. Flavor of dark fruits, caramel and an overall sweet maltiness. Tingly carbonation that was a bit too much at first.
egajdzis (5117) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 8, 2006
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2007 [9/05 bottle] Poured a reddish amber color with a small, off white head that quickly diminished, leaving no lacing on the glass. Aroma of chocolate, dried fruits, sour cherries, nuts, caramel malts, green apple, toffee, vanilla, and watermelon. Taste of cocoa, caramel malts, sour cherries, more vanilla, with a fair amount of alcohol and heavy carbonation.
hopdog (8225) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 8, 2006
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle shared courtesy of egajdzis. Poured a deeper and hazy copperish color with a large sized off white head. Aromas of raisins, plums, caramel, citrus, grapes and had a peaty/earthiness to it. Very nice aroma. Tastes of dark fruits, brown sugar, some citrus and caramel. Somewhat vinous. Medium alcohol presence. Over carbonated body.
DocLock (7201) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 21, 2006
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The pour on this looked like raw sewage, ending up a murky deep reddish copper with minimal head. The aroma was intense, with a lot of dark fruit, some tart malts with caramel and toffee, some funky notes, and a faint perfumy floral hint. The taste was fruity, with a heavy malt element, and an oaky bourbony cabernet thing going on. The palate is complex and on the dense side. As it warms, it gets a bit more tart, with some hops appearing as the fruit calms a bit. I liked this one a lot.