OhioDad (2493) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - JUL 16, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle via trade with cbkschubert! - Thanks Craig! - Batch 64 - Pours cloudy amber with a short tan head that didnít stay long. Lots of oak in the nose, with some alcohol and tobacco as well as some spicy notes. Flavor contains in the fore rich toffee and caramel but there at the back of each sip I found much oak, some spice, a touch of tobacco, some orange, and lots of alcohol. There are also some grapefruit hops that can be found on the finish and really crash down on you at the back of the sip. Lightly carbonated and full bodied.. This is quite complex and a delight to drink
bu11zeye (11933) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUL 15, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Bottle, batch 64) Pours a cloudy burnt orange body with a small beige head. Aroma of bourbon, toasted malt, and spices. Flavor is dominated by woodiness and bourbon with some fruit and hops. Enjoyable barley wine!
RateandPillage (426) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 14, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours slightly hazy orange-brown with a thick light-beige head that diminishes pretty quickly. Aroma is complex with dark fruits, caramel, vanilla, oak, and maybe a little bit of cinnamon. Hop aroma is low. Flavor is much the same with maybe some candi sugar and apparent alcohol. Hops are medium bitterness at the beginning and increase in intensity at the finish. Oak is pretty subdued in flavor, but is apparent and does add some dryness. Well balanced between malt and hops. Pretty nice now, and should be even better in a year or two.
joergen (20558) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 11, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2007 Bottle.
Cloudy golden coloured with an off white head.
Aroma of fruits, vanilla, oak and wood.
Flavour of fruits, caramel, oak, vanilla and hops.
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 10, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Batch 64. Clear amber body with a thin, white head. A big nose of vanilla, alcohol, caramel, coconut, oak, light toast and grain, and some mellow piney hop character. Itís really pretty sweet with subtle barrel-aging characteristics before a mild waft of hop resin. The body is thick and smooth, with nice, tight carbonation on the tongue, making it a pleasure to imbibe. The sweet nose translates will to the tastebuds. The sweet caramel, vanilla, whole grains, coconut, light maple syrup and hint of toasted malt all add to an incredible malt complexity. The oaky elements helps smooth out the considerable alcohol and the bitter piney and citric hop finish add a crisp smack of the lips derived from pure enjoyment. My first impression of this was a touch disappointing. However, given some time to just sit and sip, this quickly became a new favorite. One of the better barrel-aged beers Iíve had. Iím glad we did this as the introduction to this new series of beers!
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 10, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle, special RateBeer release 06/06. Thanks to DarkElf for arranging the purchase of a case to split! Pours a slightly hazed watermelon-amber color with a moderate off-white head and thick lace. Aroma is dominated immediately by a strong oaky scent, sweet fruity malts become more evident as it warms, with raspberry and citrus and prominent alcohol. Sweet and tart flavor, mellow woody malts, vanilla, brown sugar, orange, then an overwhelming blast of oaky tannins and alcohol, this effect diminishes as it warms from cellar to room temperature, making the experience a bit more pleasant overall. Full body with nice creamy carbonation. Itís very apparent that this was aged in new oak, as the tannic, woody character seems dominant. Right now I canít say that this was a great beer, it seems a bit unbalanced and dominated by the wood. Of course, this is a newly released bottle, and I expect that the flavors will mellow and blend as this barley wine ages, so I look forward to re-rating this in a year or so.
glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 9, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
The aroma is wonderful....big mix of bananas, toffee, wood and tobacco. The taste is quite complex...awesome. Same as the aroma, but with a very intense alcohol sweetness that I didnít pick up from the aroma. Amazingly thick and good carbonation. Bitter hops really come through at the end. This one should age quite well....
IrishBoy (3805) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUL 8, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Batch 64 My first impression of the nose was of a white zinfandel, fading into a caramelly maltwith some spice a dark fruit notes. Red tinged amber color with a few tiny beige bubbles. Flavor shows the caramelly malts with a definte burbon flavor and a hoppy alcohol finish.
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 8, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 23, 2006 From 12oz Bottle. Pours a hazy honey apricot color with a creamy looking off-white head that quickly reduces to a thin film. The color and texture of the beer is just beautiful to look at. The arom a is restrained, but tantalizing nonetheless as a slightly tart incense of caramelized almonds, leek vegetalness, and semi-sweet sherry notes drift to my nostrils. Some maple smoke and pear skins complete the bouquet. Full bodied, lightly syrupy texture brings a delectable sweetened hop bath to warm the tongue. A light spruce glaze coats the tongue initially with some sweet tangerine sauce. I can see the sharp piney edges wearing off with age,which will make this beer even more fabulous for my personal taste bud preference. This beer is nectar, combining so many of my favorite characteristcis into a neat 12oz package - delcious hop usage, slightly sweet malty notes that remind me of a pineapple glaze glistening atop a roasted ham, full bodied mouthfeel, breathtaking appearance, thoughtful aroma, a gentle tinge of oaky dryness, and a spicy character that I adore in many belgian ales. I think I might be dangerously in love with this beer. The finish is also greatly sustaining with more of the hoppy sweetness. This will be an easy one for me to look forward to tasting in the years to come.
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JUL 7, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is just a veritable monster. Aroma unleashs itself out of the bottle and is an all out relentless assault from there. Woody aroma, alcohol, and lots of fruit. Hops are quite apparent, mouthfeel is quite syrupy, juicy and rich and layered in texture. Bourbon, cherrywood, earth (undergrowth) and a citrusy hint of orange resin oil. Interesting at best, but needs to lay down for awhile.