LarryBeast (602) - - JAN 20, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
650ml bottle, 2013 vintage. A little more rugged, a little less ready than Driftwoodís Old Barrel Dweller. Still incredible -- and Iíve heard it ages well (I havenít the patience to find out). Love it now.
XaenDovet (1222) - British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 12, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2014 Bottle share of 2010 release. Thanks to Tristan. Thick cloudy amber. Pure malt aroma. Caramel, apricot, and spices. Taste is the same. Great balance.
Bomber of 2013: clear yellow gold with minimal cap. Aroma of peaches, rye, bubble gum, caramel. Taste is sweet and bitter. Medium carbonation, and dry finish.
pushkinwow (2243) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 16, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
500ml bottle from 2008. Clear but dark mahogany with a dark creamy head that fades to a nice layer. Had to let it sit for a while to open up as at first it was a little odd. Quite hoppy with nice resin, dry, some alcohol, nice maltiness, some dried toffee; moderate to full body, moderate carbonation, bit sweet with a nice hopiness, becomes dry. Didnít think much of this to begin with but its actually quite good with some time in the cellar and some time to open up.
Steasy66 (1086) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 4, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2011 bottle. Dark brown. Big caramel malt aroma. Big caramel flavor, toffee. Has a bit of a bite, pretty hot and young.
jstraw (1946) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 15, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy copper-caramel with fair, creamy, beige head / Rich, sweet nose of caramel, brown sugar, pine, and citrus / Full body, sweet and chewy, somewhat sticky, with good balance and hot, bitter finish, but still not enough to stand up to 14% abv (which strikes me as unnecessary / Somewhat winey, perfumey flavors of orange peel, caramel, burnt sugar, pine, and grapefruit / This is potentially terrific if the alcohol were toned down.
Gerbeer (2357) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 19, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2014 650 ml bottle.
2011 vintage: Pours a clear garnet red/brown with no head. Strong aromas of roasted malts, caramel, and alcohol. Sweet and bitter. Flavors of toffee, orange peel, malts and pine. Hot. Big alcohol kick. Can keep in the cellar for some time longer...
2013 vintage: Pours a clear copper with light head. Aromas of pine, toffee and alcohol. Flavors are same; a hop bomb this year but will some caramel malts in the background. Hot. Got to say I liked the previous years better as there is nothing much in the 2013 to distinguish from otherís DIPAs.
2014 vintage sampled in 2014: Pours a clear dark copper with moderate head that settles quickly. Aromas of grassy hops, oranges, and alcohol. Flavors of dried oranges, varnish, sweet malts, and a little spice. And lots of alcohol. Rough but thatís usual.
WheatKing (1319) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 17, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Really itís the typical Driftwood style beer with five times the power. Nice to see what Columbus tastes like, Iím definitely a fan of that hop. The alcohol really warms the mouth and throat. Took us a while to finish this one.
gunnfryd (12416) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUL 7, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Red brown colour with a beige head. Aroma is alcohol, dried fruits, sugar. flavour is alcohol, dried fruits, malt, caramel, sugar. Full bodied nice beer.
sulawang (723) - British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 10, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
pours cloudy orangish-brown, small head, thin lacing, lots of medium-fast moving CO2 streams. Very malty on the nose. 8/10-level sweetness (way sweet) up front, alcohol is detected immediately, transitions into caramel & toffee malts, cinnamon, nutmeg, more alcohol in the mids and finish, brown sugar, medium hoppy finish. Long mellow bitter and malty finish lingers in the mouth. Medium complexity, med-high depth, good transitions, great carry, decent drinkability. Alcohol buzz kicks in 1/4 through the bottle. Smooth, beware.
GothGargoyle (1692) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 1, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Rusty golden colour with a small ale head. Aroma is honey, grapes, caramel, hint of hops, pine and toasted corn. Warming on the palate with a slightly harsh metallic and pine bitter finish. Taste is caramel, pine, orange peel, oak. Kudos to Driftwood for doing a Barleywine but it replies too much on the hops.