tjthresh (1867) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - OCT 1, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I got this bottle from BeerandBlues2, and shared it with csbosox and cdog69. Hazy light amber with an thick off white head. Lots of oak. Hops and malt work through. Lots of oak flavor and pretty damn alcoholic. Sweet. Just an okay beer.
pinkzambia (1803) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 21, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. Bottle: Murky light brown with a thick creamy head. Aromas of woody alcohol, liquor and plastic. The taste is not as strong and bitter as I was expecting. It has kind of a sweet, wood splinters, alcohol, polyester type taste. The body is about average and leaves a dry taste on your tongue calling you back for another drink. Thanks Indiana_Red!
IndianaRed (3791) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 21, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz Bottle Pours a murky light beige yellowish tan. Small creamy offwhite head that lasts and leaves sheets of lacing. Aroma is a quite sweet, fruity, apricots, carmel and soft woody overtones. Noticeably abscent is any bittering hop notes. Flavor is more upfront wood with spicy, flowery notes as well. Moderate body, very lively carbonation and a smokey quite dry trailer. Interesting and unusual for the style.
BuckeyeBoy (5963) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 21, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz Bottle Batch 64. Pours out a hazy orange topped with a nice off white head. A very nice aroma like a light bourbon barre and very easy to drinkl. nice Thanks Indiana_Red for this one.
CapFlu (5101) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 20, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
(Bottle) Sampled at the post-GCBF tasting hosted by Oakes, "Big Beer Sampling". Roses, fig, bourbon, cherry, root beer oily-elixir. Wow! Wildly tart and fresh.Prunes, spearmint in the finish...
KingpinIPA (841) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 20, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cloudy orange color. Smell of bourbon, smoked wood, orange, appricots, caramel, prunes, hops and alcohol. Taste of sweet fruit, bourbon, hops and minor citrus. It also has a smoke flavor that tastes like bar smoke. Very different. A sweet bitterness at the end that lingers.
unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - SEP 19, 2006
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
BATCH NUMBER 64! dark orange in color. nice fluffy off white head. Aroma of frresh lumber and alcohol. Fresh apples and grapes, sweet malt, maybe other light berries. Creamy texture with a EXTREMELY dry finish. Flavors of smoke or charcoal. Very thick texture. Lots of smoked oak flavors. Very intense. You’ll never have a beer like this!!! (No.299)
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 18, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
RB release bottle. Hazy medium orange amber color with a small light tan head. Thick raisin bread and caramel aromatics, with charcoal, vanilla, and alcohol. Turning oranges mix with burnt caramel, drying grapes, and vanilla bean husk. Heavy alcohol with a dried fruit trail mix character in the finish with wisps of smoke. Mouthfeel is rather heavy, fairly chewy with a high alcohol warming effect.
hopdog (11485) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 11, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle (batch 64). Poured a dark orange / copper color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of caramel, vanilla, smoke, wood (more of a burnt woodiness), dark cherries, and plums. Tastes of caramel, lighter smoke, dark fruits, oak, and citrus. I got some alcohol in the finish, but I didn’t find it overpowering at all. Incredibly easy to drink.
ClarkVV (5781) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 10, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
RB release bottle, an incredibly generous bonus from RooftopRogue, shared with SuIIy on 9/2/06.
Exuberantly frothy, thick-cream-colored head piles atop a surprisingly dark, copper-beige body with some strong tan highlights (Fred being strikingly light in color for a bw). Medium to medium-high clarity, leaving the sediment behind, with fierce carbonation rushing upwards. Retention is strong, and moderate lacing is created as the head recedes. Appearance is always top-notch at HOTD.
Grainy wood notes immediately rush forth from the glass, dry and slightly sharp, blending coconut-like notes, some esterized alcohol and an oily, dry, toasty oak and cigar-note that lends just a hint of darkness. But massively fruity pineapple jumps in to the mix, lightening things and adding a very intriguing fruitiness. Peaches, nectarines and the like join the fray, and throughout it all, a supple, rich, juicy-sweet pale maltiness helps deliver the support/balance. Some dry tannins still break through, somewhat, with light paperiness and slightly acidic/astringent vanilla. I certainly wouldn’t call it balanced in the aroma, by any means, but the pale malts, luscious, nearly tropical fruitiness and slight cigar-like edge is just too intriguing and unique to leave behind. Not to mention, the strength of the aroma is quite high.
Continued use of toasty, earthy, dry oak is apparent in the flavor, with a graininess that chips at the palate. It slowly eases in to the sweet malts, but all the while a touch of sharp alcohol hangs in the background. Dry fruitiness abounds, which really sets this apart from most BA barleywines, and the yellow fruit nature of it really helps keep things fairly lively in nature. Carbonation is high to begin, but evens out over time, though it still breaks the malt cohesion perhaps a bit too much, tipping the balance to the more dry, tannic, grainy flavors. But you can’t deny that any juiciness (not to be mistaken with syrupiness) in a barleywine, no matter how fleeting, is quite delightful. That being said, I still think the barrel is a bit too dominant.