cjl6 (57) - Rochester, New York, USA - SEP 5, 2011
2.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Drank at the tasting room. Okay let’s be honest... for a 10% ABV in a Belgian golden I expect the candi sugar to dominate, drying out the pallet and turning a strong beer into a lighter beer with a slight malt background and a yeast flavor to dominate the flavor. All that I could think about by drinking this beer was how thick and heavy it is. If I drank this through a straw it would take effort to suck it through the straw. This is not an easy to drink beer. Yes the flavors are very complex and nice, but it takes effort to finish the gorgeous tulip glass it came in. My friend agreed, and then the couple to my side also agreed, offering us some of their beer if we would like it. I gave it a 2.7 because yeah it is a very tasty beer but if I’m trying to kick back a few beers and hang out with friends this wouldn’t be my first choice.
JefVerstraete (1594) - Ghent, BELGIUM - DEC 24, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from a trade, @ HOTD tasting 2014. Soft carbonation. Dark brown colour, thin layer of dark brown foam. Complex aroma of dark fruit, caramel, toffee, citrus and brown sugar. Light notes of vanilla. Bitter hoppy finish.
artmcd8 (1801) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 8, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 18/20
Batch 78 bottle from HOTB. Pours a murky reddish brown with zer head whatsoever. Aromas of dark fruits caramel molasses brown sugar. Taste is sweet and raisiny. Some alcohol heat. Medium light body. Super low carb.
Danyel (1088) - Colorado, USA - NOV 12, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at Hair of the Dog. Pours hazy orange with white head. Aroma is very caramel, barley, sweet. Taste is nicely balanced, a hoppy barley wine, easy, smooth, low carbonation. Overall, very good.
beertholomeus (896) - California, USA - NOV 7, 2014
1.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 5/20
Pours a cloudy brown and without any head whatsoever. Biscuit, caramel, toffee, citrus, resinous hop and malt aroma. Resinous hop, citrus, caramel, fig, biscuit, toffee, alcohol, oxidation and malt flavors. Bitter but completely flat and very oxidized. Boozy and bitter biscuit finish. Hope this was just a bad bottle that was improperly capped but for the price for a bottle not sure if worth getting again. Definitely infected. Batch 93
kaser (3126) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 29, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Had this on draft at hair of the dog brewery. Reddish with white head. Smells like a pile of prunes. Tastes pretty good.
ARH (568) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 21, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 23, 2014 On tap, poured into a sampler tulip. Aromatics containing bread crust and dry citrus / curcao are dominant with some hints of sugar and mango. It pours a hazy and murky orange color with a white, dense foam head that reduces to a thin ring with a light fuzz surface. It leaves a a few streaks of dense, microbubble lace. The taste is a medium high sweet, medium bitter, and a touch of sour. An abundant, soft, creamy carbonation accompanies the full body, viscous texture. Sweet caramel, bread crust, and tropical fruit flavors start the mouth, and it turns to bitter fruit at the finish with a bit of a sour touch. A mellow bitterness and pine linger in the aftertaste.
slowrunner77 (6114) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 21, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
"this one was originally a little harsh for me (’05). Had some of the same qualities as Bigfoot (good) and Arrogant Bastard (which I also find to be a little harsh), though. deep and complex, but I’ll most likely spend my money elsewhere, especially for the price. 3/11 - after a couple years, gave it another shot. better. i saw someone described it as a Hardys meets Bigfoot. Not as sweet as hardys or as bitter as bigfoot, but definitely a little of both. it grew on me with each sip. fruity. alcohol still a tad too prevelant, but the warmth at the swallow cancels out the overcarbonation. well done. still not a 99th percentile beer (100th on rb) in my mind, but quite good. originally a 3.8 or so...batch 80 4.3...average 4.1
Hllywoodgq (1) - Chatsworth, California, USA - OCT 20, 2014 does not count
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Fred is a very sweet beer with high alcohol content. Aroma notes include cereal, citrus, and sweet corn. Appearance is golden in color, liquid is clear, and the head is white foam and medium frothy. Taste is medium to heavy sweetness with no bitterness. Body is medium with a creamy texture on the tongue. Average level of carbonation and a short, sugary finish. Overall, this beer is much too sweet for my taste and I would not buy it again.
alliance100 (817) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 9, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle - pours a hazy yellow , thick fluffy head . Aromatic hop aroma . Taste is slightly sweet but has a nice piney hop note . Finishes a little boozy but otherwise delicious .
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
AWISLguy (1423) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 4, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
STEVE!! Thanks! A couple of bottles from the source, cellar aged 14 months and split with ck1 & Jan. Lighter than expected pour. Very fruity, barleywine-ish, caramel/butterscotch-y. Similar to Bourbon Fred but not as super sweet. 14.2