beechner224 (215) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - OCT 18, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from DrewFace. Cloudy pour. Aroma is malt sweetness. Taste is smooth sweetness with some dried fruit. Very nice beer.
Homer321 (539) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - OCT 18, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Batch. 2013. Bottle thanks to drewface. Fruity esters. Like apricot. Peaches? Sweet flavor. Nondescript sweetness in the flavor. Not bad but lacking. ---Rated via intercellular device
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adamjackson (1750) - Lyme, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 16, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cloudy very burnt orange. Creamy head.
Orange rind and cloves on the nose. Grape skins. Not a lot of Fred left in taste outside of the sweetness and caramel. The oakiness is insanely strong. Lots of tannic campfire notes. Almost medicinal but nothing crazy. I think an older bottle of this would be great. On tap is a bit interesting.
Smurf2055 (1064) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 11, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark mahogany with a light tan head.
Smell huge bourbon vanilla, oak.
Taste oak, caramel, char, and toffee, very sweet and a bit hot.
Medium to full bodied.
Favorite Fred variant.
Prufrockstar (447) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 4, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Murky dark brown with tan head, lasts nicely leaving pretty fine bubbles all around the edge of the glass. Aroma: brown sugar, honey, plums, toffee, caramel, HOTD, oxidation. Taste: sweet up front, finishes a little dry, mild bitterness, flavors last forever. Some alcohol. Full body, good carbonation, slick, almost syrupy texture. Overall: a real nice sipper.
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Chalsk (966) - North Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - AUG 30, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle with Damico and Buff. Pours a cloudy brown with a nice tan head. Aroma of toffee, pine, dark fruit and vanilla. Sweet malty caramel taste with spice notes and vanilla. Full body with a nice creamy mouthfeel. Damn tasty.
Ktwse (1220) - SWEDEN - AUG 30, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2008 vintage. Rating #1000 and a very worthy ale at that! Pours clear amber with a finger of off-white head. Aroma of caramel, toffee, muscovado, butterscotch, light alcohol, dried fruit. Taste is boozy, deep sweet, loads of fruit! Long alcohol warming finish. Full-bodied and creamy with soft carbonation.
bytemesis (2143) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - AUG 29, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, 2009 vintage. Pours cloudy hazel with a small beige creamy head and nice lacing. Aroma is toffee, caramel, pine, oak, bourbon, dried fruits. Flavor is quite sweet, light oaky astringence, dried fruits, dates, a bit of cherry perhaps. Full body, creamy mouthfeel. Another yummy barrel aged offering from HOTD. I just wish they were easier to come by!.
teorn88 (1620) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 28, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
33cl bottle at CBC Clerkenwell, 2008 vintage, many thanks to Paul for this one! Pours a lovely red-brown hue with a thin layer of beige foam that soon dissipates into nothingness. Aroma is quite interesting and complex with lightly candied dried fruit, honeysuckle, spicy wood, caramel, a bit of booze, and a very light whiff of smoke. Flavor is lively with honey, fruit (kinda hoppy citrus), spice, sweet caramel, and some alcohol. Finishes with some booziness. It’s a big beer, but at the same time it’s quite nuanced and even subtle and delicate. Overall, a great great beer.
DoublEE (784) - South Euclid, Ohio, USA - AUG 26, 2013
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Pours a deep reddish orange with a foamy white head. The complex nose reveals quite a bit of the new American oak barrel aging. Aromas of leather, tobacco, smoky malts and vanilla extract. The complex mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, with light, pleasant carbonation. Packed with smoky sweet oak flavor, as well as caramel, citrus fruits, banana and a buttery sweetness. Light piney hops show up on the back palate, behind a wall of oak. A world class barleywine. Wish they made more of it.