CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - APR 6, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 10, 2007 Rerate, sampled on tap on 7/14/06 at the RBSG: Has a sweet melon and molten caramel aroma with good hoppy presence and nice complexity. Good, smooth sweet viscous complex and light fruity body has a warming sticky finish. Could use a little more age, but is quite nice.
Hand bottled sampled in Feb. 06: Pours a transparent dark copper with a thin wispy white head. Complex, rich aroma has a sweet gritty caramel presence with a nice fresh piney grapefruity hoppy balance. Body starts with lots of gritty caramel sweet maltiness and a fresh piney hoppy bitterness. Finishes warming and bittersweet. A nice barleywine.
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - MAR 26, 2006
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Huge thanks to StewardOfGondor for sharing this. Pours a clear dark golden color. Very small off white head. Aroma of sharp hops and booze. Sweet pine. Flavor is sweet, smooth, alcohol spiciness, very easy drinking. Tasty!
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - FEB 5, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big thanks to Styles for the hand bottle. Poured a clear golden color with a thin off-white head. Thick sweet and fruity aroma. Caramel, apples and light alcohol. Sweet malty flavor. Caramel and fruit. Light pepper on the finish. Pretty warming. Medium body. Balanced with a mild hop flavor and hop bitterness on the finish.
iratherbe (255) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - JAN 31, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
PDG ... pretty darn good. Came off as an IPA to me. Think maybe DFH 90 Minute w/ more of a subtle herbal taste spice flavor & some citrus & fruity notes. Mixes in a well a soft sweet malty rather smooth medium built body. Hides the alcohol content well. I still think IPA moreso than seasonal / barley wine. Good offering.
Probiere (992) - Iowa, USA - JAN 29, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Eric, this is the third time he’s tried to get a growler of this to a gathering I was attending and it was the charm. A sweet, mild, caramelly, syrupy ale with an ever so slight alcohol burn on the lips. The hops are mild, soft, slightly spicy (nutmeg, cinnamon), and the malts are dark, with figs, oxidized apples, and plenty of toffee. And excellent sipper that leaves your lips and entire mouth feeling indulged, sticky, and smooth, with a gentle nearly-floral aftertaste.
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - JAN 18, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle (handbottled) courtesy of brothers Styles and Pailhead. Pours a clear, ruby orange color with an attractive off-white head which slowly fades to a nice sized ring. Good lacing is left behind. Aroma is pleasantly malty, lightly fruity and moderate floral hop notes. Medium bodied and quite smooth with a lower carbonation level. I don’t know if that was intended or a byproduct of the handbottling, either way it seems to work well with this beer. Flavors are malty sweet initially with a touch of raisin and caramel and midway through changes to a piney, sappy hop bitterness. The 12% is tucked away nicely, little bits of alcohol are picked up and it warms the belly but it blends quite well. Very nicely done.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 18, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
LIght copper color with a few off-white bubbles on top. Creamy aromas with some brown sugar, mild port and hint of maple syrup. Caramel flan and malt flavors abound. Yes, this is my type of barley wine heavy malts throughout the nip. Lightly oily and silky. Malt get balanced late in the quaff with mild pine and lightly spicy hops. I just realized I am using "light" and "mild" quite frequently in this review. Its a good brew that is strong and drinkable, with subtle flavors. A somewhat paradoxical brew that I certainly enjoyed. Thanks for sharing Joel!
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 17, 2006
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear red-tinted amber body. Orange peel and cinnamon aroma backed by alcohol and condensed pale malt. Bitrus, brown sugar, pepper-spiced alcohol and stem juice in teh falvor. Lasting stemmy finish with a fruity maltiness.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 16, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Hand bottle via Styles - thanks Chris and everyone else who made this happen! Slight hiss as the cap comes off, pouring a translucent reddish-copper color with legs and slow, etchy lace. Wonderful citrus aromatic array. Amaretto, grapefruit and freesia are the first to put on their turn signal, promptly joined by snappy warrior hops piping away. A touch of almond butter and maraschinos massage the nostrils as well, and if that’s not enough, we’re able to decipher nectarines and orange pulp too. Flavor is a pipey elixir. Sweet and titillating. Spicy cantaloupe and melon roll down a hill, like an animated classic when the cartoon character rolls endlessly inside of a wooden barrel - but, this time around, it’s an orange juice carton and there’s nothing childish nature about it. Cherry almond Nips and a sprucy, spicy bitterness conjures up an oily orange dream. Some peach fuzz softness provides a lovely counterpoint to the sweet, syrupy and thirst inducing palate feel. Honed carbonation gives way at the right time for a penetrating fruity sweetness to prevail. Lingering, mellow bitterness amidst strawberry fields comprising the finish. In a word, incredible.
1FastSTi (3334) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 15, 2006
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks Joel for sharing this wonderful beer. The bottle was filled by someone. Anyway, the beer pours to a nice glowing orangish copper body with a thin ringed white head and light spotty lacing. The aroma is very nicely hoppy with sweet barley malts. The flavor is smoothly malty with light hops and good malt sweetness. The palate is richly creamy and smoothly silken with a medium body and light carbonation. Yowzers! The highlight of the day...