kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Source: Brewfest, Strong Ale Fest
amber, thin tan head, sweet citrus hop aroma, creamy body, good hop flavor on a balanced lightly sweet carmel malt base,
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 4/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 12/20
beeryum (652) - Norcross, Georgia, USA - FEB 16, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft, 2005 PP Strong Ale Fest. Light hazy copper brown pour. Sweet fruity aroma - big malts, and some hops. Sweet caramel malt flavors, and very fruity - orange, maybe some pear. Sweet finish, with some bitterness. Alcohol present.
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 11, 2005
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft. Deep brown-red amber. Thin film of offwhite head. Husky, musky flavors; Alcohol and syrupy malt. Hot finish with sweet apple flavors. Mouthfeel is thick and chewy.
beerguy101 (5319) - Newark, California, USA - DEC 9, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasted on tap at the 2005 Pizza Port Strong Ale festival. Orange gold color. Medium sized head. Aroma is floral hops, caramel and sweet. A medium to full bodied Barley Wine. Malts are caramel, and fairly sweet. Hops are grapefruity and piney. Very full mouthfeel, nearly oily. Lots of sweet malts. Lots of orange and caramel malts, with a nice hoppiness underneath. Very smooth Slight touch of alcohol bite. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet with a little alcohol bite.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - DEC 8, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
9th PP SA Fest. Hazy amber with a small off-white head. Fruity sweet thick malt with nice hops. Alcohol is present in the aroma. Flavor continues with sweet malt of caramel and fruit. Moderate hops. Long malty finish and nice warming sensation. I like this a lot but I think my score reflects it getting lost in all the other beers at the fest.
chilehead (186) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - DEC 4, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tasted at the pizza port strong ale fest. Given its hoppyness I originally thought it was a double IPA, these days you can’t always tell! Quite nice with an intense hoppy character and enough malt that it’s somewhat balanced. This hophead enjoyed it.
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - NOV 23, 2005
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On draft at Hollingshead Deli, Orange, CA
This copper colored gem is a an excellent balance between hops and malt. And, as others have noted, far too drinkable. Great malty, stick flavors balanced by hoppiness.
bb (7244) - Alamo, California, USA - NOV 12, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft. Rich copper-amber beer with a nice off-white head. Huge peach/hop aroma - very fruity. Peach and caramel flavor - appricot, mango, cherry, tobacco. Very drinkable - way too drinkable. Hides alcohol very well. Was told is was a triple IPA. This is better than the standard Denogginizer (which is saying a lot). Just amazing. Please brew this again.
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - NOV 8, 2005
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Whether or not this is considered a "mistake" is open to interpretation, I would consider it a happy mistake. A wonderful bready, oloroso and Brandy nose gives way to a huge warming malt complexity that is massive beyond words. Earthy and toasty notes of bread, cake, raisins, plums, cherries, tobacco, mint, and HOPS. very nice clean and semi sweet finish make this a mistake worth repeating.
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - NOV 3, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Draft. Billed as a Triple IPA I believe. Pours a dark copper color with very little head. Malty aroma with some citrus hoppiness. Big hop presence in the flavor however it’s the malt aspects that jump out at you. Finishes with a bit of a bourbon and tobacco note going into a big alcohol warmth. This is a fantastic beer that drinks like a fine Barley Wine. Drakes knocks another one out of the park!