xmarcnolanx (929) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - JAN 3, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Jesus, this is sugary as shit. English bittering hops, tastes very sugary sweet flowery hops. This is very well put together, but sweet- cloyingly so. Still, nice initial bittering and develops a syrupy sweetness and finishes with a nice english bitterness that does not overwhelm. Could use a few years in the cellar at this point.
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - JAN 2, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
My bottle is like the one pictured and I have to compliment East End on the attractive packaging. Underneath the orange wax and glued on paper is a capped 1 pt. 9.3 fl. oz. clear glass bottle. Sampled in a snifter. The ABV is 11.4% and this is bottle 1189 of 1300, signed by Scott.
Poured a nice looking amber with orange hues and a compact, palest of beige heads of creamy foam. The head has good retentive powers before slowly settling into a thin sudsy skim that leaves light amounts of splotchy ringed lacing.
Considering the three types of hops utilized, Cascade, Centennial and Chinook, it is not surprising this has big floral and citrus aromas. Orange blossoms, oily grapefruit peels and pineapple frame and dominate the aroma with an underlining sweet maltiness of caramelized sugar and buttery toffee.
Smooth and creamy, airy light feeling body that has a soft crispiness, this is a velvety, easy sipper, perfect for cold winter evenings. The amply sweet malts help add some needed candied sweetness to the sour and bitter hops. Caramelized sugar and butter toffee compliment the citric hops, slightly easing their bitterness. Big citric hop flavors of grapefruit juice and rind, orange peel and pineapple, who finish with an earthy pith bitterness. The finish is properly dry, sweet and sourly bitter at the same time. The alcohol is deceivingly mild tasting, spicy and estery, with a low grade warmth in the back of the mouth.
This is a well put together barley wine, highly enjoyable, I wish I had a few more bottles left for aging.
Tejas (872) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 2, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cherry boozy flavor. BIG beer, that’s for sure. Very solid barley wine. Very drinkable and alcohol is hidden great. Would love to have a bottle all to myself or even better on draught.
mar (4843) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 2, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: AUG 3, 2008 Lumpfest 2008 -2005 bottle. ruby pour with a nice off white head. nothing but sugar and malts on the nose. it was thick like syrup and damn tasty.
crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - DEC 11, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to MikeTD. Hazy brown, small almost no carbonation. Sour musty aroma, fruits and booze. Flavor is slightly sour, lots of caramel and fruits. Some vinegar and mustiness flavors make it a little odd. Thick body and chewy mouthfeel. Taste dry-hopped lotfs of fresh hop flavor but low bitterness. Not bad but different.
Beerman6686 (4346) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 3, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very malty aroma. flavor was thick chewy malt, with a good hop undertone. outstanding barleywine and offering from east end
kramer (4945) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 20, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
25 oz bottle, 2005 Vintage, #5xx/600. Pours a clear dark copper body under a small fizzy beige head that retained as a thin covering. Some light lazy carbonation. The nose is heavy toffee and caramel malt with almost a dry husky quality, not super sweet. No alcohol, some resiny hops, and some fig like fruit. The flavor has a nice caramelized sugar and toffee malt base with just enough resiny hops to keep it from getting sickeningly sweet. Pretty well hidden alcohol. Mouthfeel is full bodied with a thick texture, just shy of syrupy with soft fizzy carbonation. Pretty warming on the finish. Overall, this was quite nice, I think this bottle could have aged much, much longer and still been great.
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 7, 2010
Date: February 26, 2007
Appearance: muddy dark amber, fine wispy beige head
Aroma: sweet dark caramel malt aroma with earthy hops
Body: thick sticky sweet body
Flavor: rich sweet fruity malt flavor, nice caramel sweetness, light bitterness adds complexity rather than balance, only a hint of alcohol
Date: March 06, 2010
Appearance: muddy orange, wispy head
Aroma: rich sweet fruity aroma, light earthyness
Body: creamy body
Flavor: rich fruity flavor, caramel sweetness, touch of brown sugar, light earthyness
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 17/20
Score: ***+ /4
IMtheOptimator (1161) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - JUL 15, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by jjpm74. Poured a clear amber with a creamy white head. Intense fruity pine hop aroma with some citrus lying carefully concealed underneath. Flavor is sweet and slightly bready with notes of maple syrup, vanilla , and a bit of orange. Not overly yeasty. Alcohol warms all the way down to the stomach. Perhaps might have been more balanced and citrusy if served cooler, but I was still enjoying the pleasant and intense flavors. Nice.
DocLock (7860) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 31, 2007
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Bottle 1013/1300, and I’ve had two other bottles; thanks to the generosity of Matt Capone for procuring and secreting these three bottles for me. The Pour:
The pour is a lovely hazy deep ruby color with a 3-finger or so, uniform, creamy off-white head, and indeed this one has a sort of reverse Guinness cascade, which is just lovely to behold. This is perhaps the best looking beer I have ever poured.
The Olfactory Notes:
The aroma is complex, providing hints of caramelly malt, figgy fruit, cherry, brown sugar, bourbon/cognac, some funky notes, hops, mild cheddar cheese, black pepper, strawberry, mango, and melon. Amazingly complex aroma that I could bury my nose in all night.
The initial sip is very caramelly malty, with a bold hit of cherry, strawberry, and blueberry flavor. This gives way to a mid-palate taste of hops, cognac, more malt, figs, more berries, and brown sugar. More flavors come and go throughout, and they all intermingle perfectly, making every sip a nice surprise.
The palate is on the rich, hefty side, and amazingly complex and well balanced. No heat is detected at all, even though you will know it is there. The multi-layered fruit, berry, malt, hops, spirit, slight funk, and spicy peppery continue all the way through, and make this one of the better beers I have ever quaffed.
In summary, do whatever you need to in order to get some of this stuff, if you still can. I’d love to age this, but there’s no way in Hell I’d ever have the willpower to do so. Go Steelers!!!