IrishBoy (3824) - 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.
nhorween (645) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 7, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, batch 64. Ruddy orange pour. Aroma is fruity, with notes of allspice, cinnamon and bourbon. Flavor is spicy with alcohol and sour bitterness and earthy undertones. Mouthfeel is very nice, both crisp and heavy. A bit unbalanced and too spiced for me. The fruit and spice notes seem to be competing with each other, but both ultimately lose out to the taste of alcohol. I agree that it would age well, some time to mellow and meld would make this beer much better.
egajdzis (5305) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 7, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 27, 2008 Poured a reddish amber color with a small, off white head that left nice, sticky, lacing on the glass. Aroma of tons of dried fruits, candy, cherries, vanilla, and light bourbon. Taste is of more sweet caramel, maple sugar, cherries, resin, tobacco, oak, and bourbon alcohol, with a light, citrus hop finish. A bit sweet right now with pronounced alcohol... but I think it should age nicely.
DocLock (7828) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 7, 2006
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Huge thanks to Goldtwins for sending me a bottle of this. My cap was just fine. The pour was turbid ruddy deep coppery/brown, with a 1-finger off-white head and amazingly long lasting lace sheets. The aroma was intyense and complex, consisting of some funky tangerine, mango, oaky bourbon, black pepper, fine tobacco, and some caramel malt in the background. The flavor....Whoa Nelly let me tell ya íbout the flavor, Bob Griese! At the start it was densely tropical and citrus fruit, with bold mango, tangerine, fig, and plum elements. Then, the black pepper, oaky bourbon, tobacco, woody peaty malts, caramel malt, and hops kicked in, sort of in a cascading fashion but too quick to be noticed if you donít swallow slowly. With every sip I took, I regretted that I was getting that much closer to the end of the bottle. This beer is quite simply as good as it gets. End of story. Kudos to Alan Sprints for another balls to the wall beer. The meek need not apply.
jason (1680) - 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 50ís 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 userís 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. Iíll 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. Iím 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. Itís 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 (1747) - 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 thatís well-offest by light tingly carbonation and the alcohol spice. Iím really looking forward to my 2nd bottle in two years - hopefully the alcohol will have calmed down letting the sweet malts come out.