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 (4671) - 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 (5089) - 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 (10884) - 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 (8054) - 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 Iíve 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. Iíd love to age this, but thereís no way in Hell Iíd ever have the willpower to do so. Go Steelers!!!
cheap (4198) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 20, 2007
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2007 On tap at the Bocktown. This has a beautiful show for a pour. Once it is dispensed in to the glass there is a roll of foam that starts on the bottom and continues to the top. It takes about a minute for this stuff to settle. The appearance therefore starts out as a 5 and then settles to a 3. Donít miss the pour of this, it is part of this beers enjoyment and fireworks. Darkish cloudy brew. Perfumy fruity aroma. The flavor starts off sweet and is more gentle and well behaved compared to many barley wines Iíve had in the past. At first it is much easier to palate. Mind you, I am not a fan of barley wine styles. There is very little detectable hoppyness, if any. The alky impact begins to build as each sip continues. Begins to come on like a liquor with all its high alky glory. There seems to be quite a fruityness to it. Wow, that back of the throat impact just keeps getting stronger. Quite an evolution of flavors. Wow, the impressive offense of this brew just keeps getting stronger, it will not quit! Although barley wine is not my style, this has got to be one of the higher rated ones on my list, it is acceptable to a point. Does not immediately mow over my girlie man taste buds, it takes a few minutes to do that and in the meantime, you can experience quite a development of flavors. I am almost ashamed to enter this rating because I know this is an excellent beer within itís style. However, I am not experienced enough to rate within the style and therefore I rate as to how much I enjoy. In consolation, I must say tho, that this is the best barly wine I have had in recent memory. Scott, please frogive me for the numbers!
LinusStick (2887) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 19, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Bocktown. This is one strong barley wine that I should not have had at lunch. Color was a beautiful dark brown with a nice buffy off white head. Aroma of slight hop. Taste was huge. Big malt with heavy fruitiness and little carbonation. Thick syrupy mouthfeel with an astringent after taste. This is the biggest beer Iíve had from them yet.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - MAR 5, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2008 2005 Bottle 590/600. Poured a lightly hazed amber color with a medium sized beige head. The aroma was malty and sweet with some earthy notes. Decent fruitiness and a hint of alcohol. Great balance. It smells big. The flavor was big and malty with fruity notes and a bitter backbone for balance. Dried fruits and dried peaches. Very warming. Huge and full bodied. Yum
2007 @ Dr. Billís. Poured a hazy amber color with an off-white head. Sweet malty aroma with mild hops. The flavor was sweet and sugary in the malt. The hops were mild but noticeable. Medium-full body (score reflects 2005 edition)
zebracakes (1339) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 16, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Batch 2006 bottled in February 2007. Shared with CMUBEERMAN et al.. Pours hazy ruby caramel, virtually no head. Aroma is taffee, cider, banana, apricot. Flavor is taffee, apricot, malt, hops, salami, caramel. The label on this bottle is quite charming and one of the best Iíve ever seen. I bought a bottle to cellar, but weíll see if it makes it. I may wind up drinking it soon, maybe this Tuesday on my wedding day.