JJClark (551) - Roscoe, Illinois, USA - JAN 21, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from trade with kmweaver. Thanks Ken! Pours a nice dark amber color with a small off white head. Aroma is of hops, malt, and brown sugar. Taste is semi sweet and malty. Flavors of brown sugar and hops. Alcohol is noticable but not overpowering. Nicely balanced brew.
Ty5592 (1018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 7, 2007
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big ass bottle from kmweaver. Orange amber color with nice size white head. Aroma of caramel and mild hops. The taste was rich, sweet, and malty. Caramel and slight vanilla flavors. Mild hoppy finish.
biggcb (464) - Harleysville, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 11, 2006
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap @ Bowie. Orangish amber color with a trace amount of head. Aroma is relatively hoppy, with some nice citrus and general sweetness. Taste is much the same - quite sweet, hoppy. Perhaps a bit too sweet, but interesting. Alcohol is present, but not overpowering.
Aurelius (5070) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 9, 2006
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
No way, no bleeping way that this is a 98%ile beer. AIPA aroma. Deep clear bronze. Filmy head. Too sweet. Way too sweet. Bittering was off kilter. Orange baby aspirin flavors. Amateurish.
MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - NOV 25, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 25, 2007 On tap at DuClaw in Bowie, MD. Snifter glass. Clear copper/burgundy with little head. Aroma was sweet fruit, caramel, apricot, and citrus hops. Taste was sweet fruit, hops and alcohol. A surprising amount of hops, here. A hoppy/bitter finish with a bit of alcohol. Damn fine.
KUEric (943) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 22, 2006
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On taP in Baltimore: Too sweet! Brown Sugary, malty, caramel, toffee, maple syrup, are among just a few of the many sweet and too sweet flavors. I will say with all of the sweet flavors it could very easily get some one in trouble with its 12% abv. Of course I couldn’t get past the overbearing sweetness. Not any semblance of balance. It looks nice enough.
jsquire (4148) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - NOV 18, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
At the RFD party at RBSG ’06. Murky amber color with a sticky off white head. Caramel candy sweetness with an almost smokey darkness. Some oxidation, with a strong hop finish. Nice barley wine.
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - NOV 17, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at DuClaw (Bowie); our waiter noted the ABV was 10.5% this year. Clear orangish-red; fluffy off-white head with great retention and lacing. Full, hoppy aroma: citrus with a maple syrup background. Chewy, bitter hoppiness upfront (think a dank DIPA): plenty of belgian sugar and cotton candy behind it; perhaps overly bitter. Long, somewhat dry and bitter finish. A bit hot after it warms up.
Ungstrup (34352) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - NOV 3, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
At RBSG 2006 party at RFD. A hazy amber beer with a lazing orange-beige head. The aroma is lovely sweet hop soup. The flavor is a bit like drinking a cold hop soup with lots of alfa acids and lots of fruit, leading to an end with a note of citrus that lingers for a long time and bit by bit turns dry. This beer is so strongly hoppy, that I find it like a sipping beer.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - OCT 3, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
RBSG 06 DC @ RFD’s Special Tasting
Ruby amber color, creamy tan head, lots of lacing. Nose of sweet piney hops and maltose. The flavor has a touch of metallic, but it’s quickly overwhelmbed by the sweet syruppy caramel; rich body and exquisite hop compounds. The finish has a nice balanced bitter slap. Nice barleywine.