dkingsella (152) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 23, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled ’07 vintage at Bailey’s Taproom CellarFest (2010). Decent enough beer, but a bit disappointing. Pretty balanced...a little on the sweet side. I actually like the beer a bit better now reading that it is an English Strong Ale as I was told it was a Barleywine before I drank it. Definitely a better Strong Ale than a BW ;-)
Skyview (5696) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - JAN 17, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Picked up a single 12-oz bottle at Johns Market Place in Portland, OR. Pours a clear copper amber colored brew with a thin off-white head that quickly dissipates. Aroma of caramel malt, a hint of cherry, candi sugar, and mild spice. Taste is medium bodied, soft carbonation with flavors of caramel malt, candi sugar, a hint of leather, and some raisins. Finish is semi-sweet with some alcohol warmth, brown sugar and a raisin aftertaste.
kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 22, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle courtesy of gunhaver. Pours a clear amber color with a thin white head. Aroma is malty with notes of wet perm, phenol, honey, caramel, ripe fresh fruit, some hints of spice. Flavor is malty and somewhat sweet with notes of honey, caramel, spice and some ripe fruit. Generally medium body with a funky finish.
gunhaver (1030) - Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 8, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours clear golden copper color, with thin lacing and white head. Caramel nose, with lots of spice, some cinnamon, sweet fruit, pomegranate, honey. Flavor is caramel and banana, pomegranate, brown sugar, dark fruit and toffee. Smooth, creamy medium-body, tasty, balanced and quite drinkable.
Ibrew2or3 (8207) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - FEB 5, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle courtesy of gunhaver. Pours clear copper with thin white head. The aroma is pretty full with brown sugar, prunes, raisins and ripe cherries. The taste is dark fruity sweet with raisins, smooth sweet cherries and prunes followed by brown sugar. It dries out a bit into the finish with a pulse of sweet malts taking the experience into the after taste.
markwise (5195) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 5, 2009
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours yellow-brown with a slight white head. Nose is phenol, fruit, booze, sugar, and some caramel. Flavor is malty, spice, and some floral qualities. Nice floral hoppy finish. Interesting winter brew. It has neither tannens, nor the bomb within, though.
troopie (2295) - Munchen an der Willamette, Oregon, USA - DEC 28, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Poured mahogany red with thin fast dissipating head. Little lacing. Aroma of malt and raisins. Flavour is moderate malt, with caramel and raisin notes. Flat chalky finish.
spikester (606) - Salem, Oregon, USA - NOV 2, 2008
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark amber with a small cream color head, fair lacings. Aroma is spicy, caramel. Taste is roasted malts with just enough hops to balance this powerhouse brew. Alcohol is fairly well masked in the taste. The effect is much more evident though. Nice winter brew. Not a session beer!
Beardface (1517) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - OCT 19, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Another one of those instances where the name is far superior to the actual beer. Disappointing but not awful.
hopdog (11602) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 9, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle. Poured a medium copperish / amber color with a smaller sized off white head. Lots of suspended floaters. Aromas of caramel, toasted malts, nutty, and some dark fruits. Tastes of caramel, dark fruits, and toffee. Alcohol content well hidden.