jason (1674) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 6, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 8, 2007 Rate beer edition bottle coutesey of cbkschubert. Thanks Craig!
Odd but pleasant aroma. Very woodsy, tobacooy. Pours a thin head head that stays, very pale and cloudy. At first this is very oaky. Very oaky and with a smokey taste. Almost too much in the beginning. Aftering warming up it either mellows, grows on you, or both. Very satisfying brew. One for the colder months too be sipped. Right now it is in the low 50’s in January, I could not pass this up. Very, very good brew. Cheers!
bindpmc (88) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 4, 2006
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: JUL 7, 2006 I have removed the text for this review. The reasons for the removal are twofold: Firstly, I used a quote by another ratebeer user’s review for another beer. I did not give credit or recieve permission to use that quote, and unwisely did not consider that I should both get permission and give credit where credit is due. Also, the quote contained a profanity which was not only uncalled for, but not applicable in my thoughts on this beer, but also inconsistent with any language that I have used in my other reviews. The backlash is duly noted, and I apologize to anyone I might have upset. The quote was inappropriate at best, and pirated intellectual property at the least. I’ll write another review for this beer in the future, but I think I should leave this notice up for a while so that all offended parties can see it for a time.
Cable (286) - SE, Oklahoma, USA - JUL 3, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
"So here in the oak barrels is the Fred from the Wood. I’m bottling it soon." After hearing Alan describe this beer, I had to get some. I was visiting HotD right before this barleywine aged in oak was bottled. I feel lucky to kave known about this one before it was completely snached up. Sampled from bottle. Pours slightly cloudy copper with a thin, creamy white head and decent lacing. It’s average appearance does not foreshadow other attributes. Aroma was bold, but not overpowering, with floral, citrus, berry and prune notes. Earthy, woody, rich malt flavor with cigar tobacco, black pepper and nutmeg and/or all-spice. Quite complex, but still very drinkable. Viscous, smooth and warming. An excellent beer by any standard.
DavidP (1746) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 3, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz bottle. Hazy body under a small white ehad. Good lacing. Lots of small bubbles lazily drift up the side of the snifter; mesmerizing to watch. Honey/toffee sweetness along with floral perfume start the aroma with some peppery spice becoming apparent at the end. Quite a lot going on in the flavor. Up front orange blossom honey hits you the strongest and is followed by yeasty caramel, pollen, fresh-cut wood. The finish lingers on crystal malt, light peppery alcohol, and more of that floral perfume. Rich, almost syrupy mouthfeel that’s well-offest by light tingly carbonation and the alcohol spice. I’m really looking forward to my 2nd bottle in two years - hopefully the alcohol will have calmed down letting the sweet malts come out.
sloth (2382) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - JUL 3, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Small, tight beaded tan head, retention is very good, lace is sticky, spotty and lasting. Hazy, gold/orange hued brew. Nose is wood and a touch of vanilla, licorice and a touch earthy. Body is med/full, prickly on the tongue, wood tannins? Creamy also, interesting. Lotsa wood flavors along with notes of playdough, ashes, whisky, fruit, some peach notes hiding in there with a smack of alcohol. Finish is dry, woody and light astringency. A very neat brew. I believe this brew will be pretty amazing with some age on it. The lumber is really in yer face right now but with some time to mellow out, this brew will be amazing! Now thats a B/A Barleywine! Many thanks to cbkschubert and jjpm74 for the trades!! Now i will be able to see how this puppy ages. Thanks guys!
Numenor (871) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUL 2, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
RateBeer Edition -- Huge thanks to Kinz for providing the bottles for our 3rd Richmond Gathering. Deep orange-brown body, cloudy with a very minimal whte head. Heavy oak aroma, with citrus and nuts in the aroma. Great taste, light citrus, caramel with heavy oak flavoring. A light spicy-nut ending.
notalush (4588) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 2, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Many thanks to jimmack and richlikebeer, both of whom brought some of this to the last HW Open House - wood, wood and more wood - this is a pine forest bitch slap to the senses in a handy 12 oz. bottle - a thick-chewy-maple sap-and-caramel-malt-oozing-down-the-gullet kind of libation - if you like piney, hoppy barleywines, this one is for you!
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 2, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to Kinz for sharing this at the 3rd Richmond Gathering. Batch 64. Clear caramel color with a small light brown head. Sweet oak and pine aroma. Strong oak flavor, hints of vanilla, some caramel and pine in the background.
starfireming (309) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUL 1, 2006
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Oof. Smells even woodier then the Fred. Very oaky, piny scent. I just can’t take that much bitter tree flavour.
00cobraR (1103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - JUL 1, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a orange color with a tiny white head. First thing you get hit with is the strong bourbon smell. The taste is super and finishes like a shot of fine bourbon. Alcohol is hidden. Super brew!!