TURDFERGUSON (3749) - Carrboro, North Carolina, USA - FEB 26, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2011 Growler at RBWG 2013 Grand Tasting. Thanks Eugene. Pours reddish brown with a thin white lace. Nose is nutty, brown sugar, light vanilla, and tannins. Flavor is similarly sweet, pretty well balanced, and low oxidation. Nice to finally try some Free State.
mlunger12 (645) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 23, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Growler at RBGW. Woot! Sweet nose of maple, oak and vanilla. Full bodies with vanilla, and really thick bodied. Delicious.
b3shine (3522) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 23, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Growler to taster at the RBWG Grand Tasting (2011 vintage; BIG ups to beastiefan2K for sharing this one). Looks good; a semi-opaque caramel with thin off-white lacing. Smells and tastes good; sweet and boozy. Smooth on the palate too. Good stuff!
Leighton (8685) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 23, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Growler at RBWG 2013 Grand Tasting. Pours cleanish copper with a fine, tan foam head. Good stuff overall, big and sweet with light, dry leafy bitterness, some caramel. Full bodied with fine carbonation. Warming finish, rich fruity sugars, toffee, light bitterness. Good one.
MrChopin (2763) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 13, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
hazy sepia, thin cream head. Lightly dusty oxidized nose, heavy coffee, chocolate. Flavor cinammon and chocolate, lots of coffee in the finish. Pretty plain, body standard barleywine booze bomb.
Ratman197 (8491) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JAN 9, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler shared by adneilsen (thanks AAron) poured a hazy reddish brown with a small lingering tan head. Aromas of carmel, toffee, spice and dark fruit. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of toffee, carmel, dried fruit, light earthiness and a hint of spice with a smooth lingering fruity toffee finish.
adnielsen (7583) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 8, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Growler @ Ratmanís house, courtesy of jcnielsen. Thanks! 2010 vintage, I believe. Pours a reddish violet appearance with little head. Rich caramel, dark fruity, brown sugar aroma. Light carbonation. Fairly herbal/earthy hoppy, quite bitter, black cherry, plum, brown sugar, caramel flavor. Pretty tasty brew.
arminjewell (5149) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 8, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2010 growler pour thanks to Aaron for the pour! Dark murky brown with no head, aroma brought notes of caramel, toffee, hints of nuts, roast, mix of earth, slight spice, hints of grainy notes, some vanilla, little to no hops. Taste is a mix of sweet caramel, toffee, nice bittering hops in there, with slight earth, spice, hints of grain, slight vanilla, nuts, finishing fairly sweet, but bittering and dry. Nice, but wish it had just a touch of carbonation. Canít fault the brewery though, was totally from the shipping.
GT2 (7035) - Riverslime, California, USA - JAN 6, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Growler thanks to RobertDale. Pours a murky, deep red/ruby with no head. Low carbonation. Nose is cheesy, strawberry candies, Kool-Aid, fruit punch. Taste is nutty, tannic, fruit punch, juicy juice box. Palate is oil, syrup, sharply tannic. Reminded me more of DIPA in many respects.
BeerandBlues2 (8459) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JAN 5, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler shared by GT2. Pours hazy amber with a small, fizzy off-white head, short retention with light lacing. Aroma is brown sugar, caramel and cookie malt with date esters and spicy. Flavor is malt dominant with light hops and bitterness, alcohol warmth with dark fruity esters and a sweet finish. Full body and medium carbonation.