illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 6, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at Noogfest. Very nice packaging, with paper bag cover with orange wax over the top. Kudos to whomever came up with that concept. Now to the beer. Pours a hazy amber with a thin off white head. Fruity aroma from the ale esters and hops. Flavor to toffee from the malts, joined by green apple and alcohol. This bitterness is very moderate, perhaps lacking a bit. Not bad, but disappointing considering the rating. In East End’s defense, it was up against some steep competition at Noogfest.
aracauna (3145) - Georgia, USA - JUN 3, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Really cool packaging, but we’re not rating that, are we? Pours a cloudy amber. Pineapple, apricots and alcohol. Sticky. I guess it deserves the packaging.
Miver (609) - Silver Spring, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 31, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml picked up at East End. 2006 vintage, bottle 599/1300. Poured dark hazy copper in color with a medium thin white head. Aroma of dark fruits, citrus, and caramel. Taste of caramel, nice citrus hop taste with a nice body. Mild alcohol warming in the finish but overall very nice barleywine. Very original packaging with the brown paper around a clear bottle and orange wax.
hopdog (9189) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 14, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle shared courtesy of Miver. 2006 vintage, bottle 599/1300. Poured a deeper and cloudy amber color with an averaged sized off whtie head. Aromas of caramel, citrus, and dark fruits. Tastes of caramel, doughy, citrus, brown sugar, and dark fruits. Some alcohol in the finish.
after4ever (6265) - Brier, Washington, USA - MAR 21, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
750, ’06, thanks, Theisti! #830/1300. This was freaking amazing. Cloudy burnished coppery dark amber with a towering sudsy light tan head and super dense sheets of lace. Huge port, toffee, and raisins on the nose. Medium, creamy, and oily body. Soft carb. Lots of sugary bits--port, toffee, and raisins again on the mid-palate. Very beautifully balanced and harmonious. A bit hot at the end, but remarkably under control for how big it is with only two years in the bottle. This is just astonishingly good. A buy-by-the-case beer.
FROTHINGSLOSH (5095) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 1, 2008
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sampled on cask at the Maproom in Pittsburgh this beer poured a medium brown color with bright ruby highlights and a medium sized khaki head. The aroma was a very pleasant mix of sweet molasses with notes of caramel and ripe fruits. The flavor was rich full and washed over you in waves of molasses, raisin, cherry, caramel and almost licorice. The body was thick and almost syrupy with very little carbonation. It reminded me an awful lot of Young’s Old Nick.
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 20, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a 750mL Bottle. Courtesy of SecretSanta. Somewhat hazy, caramel amber colored pour with a persistent head of filmy ivory. A pleasant blend of fruity esters and sweet malt greets the nose, bringing forth aromas of pear, green raisins, and creamy caramel. A unique strawberry Swedish Fish candy note adds a unique, enjoyable childhood flashback. Orange and grapefruit hop characters add a pleasant underlying bite. Medium-full bodied, well carbonated mouthfeel with a soft, chewy texture. Caramel and toffee malt sweetness, with a vanilla-like richness. Maple syrup and dried pineapple. Piney and grapefruit hops provide a heft bitterness on the backend. Overall, this is a solid American-style barleywine, providing a satisfying balance between malt, fruity esters, and west coast hops.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 20, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml Bottle of 2006 Batch (616 of 1300): Aroma is very sweet and malty. Smells of malts, biscuit, caramel, figs, fruit, and toffee. Poured copper/orange in color with a very large, creamy, foamy, dense, tan head that lasted throughout. Cloudy. Full of tiny particles. Excellent lacing. Medium sweet, lightly bitter flavor. Tastes of malts, brown sugar, figs, prunes, piney hops, resin hops, caramel, alcohol, and tobacco. Medium to full body. Smooth, creamy, viscous texture. Soft carbonation. Sweet malty finish. One of the nicest looking bottles I have ever had my hands on.
hiddenvariable (206) - pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 16, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
on tap at kelly’s. cloudy, almost opaque brown honey with a thick, dense, off white head that’s slow to fade and leaves a splendid lacing. huge smells caramel malts, with a fairly strong peach scent, as well as big citrus hops with grapefruit and pineapple notes. more huge caramel malts in the taste, a bit of a smokey flavor, with notes of cherry, bread, wood, and more citrus hoppiness. quite sweet on the finish, but never cloying, with a moderate hop bitterness to back it up. thick and chewy in the mouth, rather sticky, lightly carbonated. a very well done barleywine. almost what i think of when i picture the style, with a few new twists (the peach notes were surprising) thrown in.
theisti (3297) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - MAR 24, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle, 2006 Vintage, Courtesy of Winter 07 Secret Santa. Bottle #830 of 1300. Enjoyed with after4ever and hogfodder on 3/20/08. Pour is hazy orange amber with a billowy off white head. Aroma is caramel toffee sticky sweetness. Great nose. Sweet fruitiness. Taste is mostly about the biscuit caramel sweetness. Really round fully developed and nice layers of taste. Great balance, really a treat. Super nice. Thanks for this one Dan, you were a great Santa.