nstal (237) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 24, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This beer was above expectations. Poured absolutely perfectly, beautiful red color and bright white head, decent retention. Smelled of fruit, malt, and definitely hops. The hops came through a tad too strong, and this beer was slightly lacking in alcohol. Those are my only complaints.
baobubba (455) - Starkville, Mississippi, USA - MAY 23, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 24, 2003 Clear red-amber light orange head. Heavy malt and vnous aroma backed by citrus and pine. Aroma accented with cake, caramel, roast, and bubblegum. Modreate bitterness on the finish of a sweet start. Nice B.W.
Bier brauen (246) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - SEP 5, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
aroma of dark plums and raisins. Dark copper=gold color. Taste of sweet cherries, then a dry finish. Slight warnth from the alcohol. Med. body.
BückDich (5467) - McCall, Idaho, USA - OCT 20, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
No headspace, just like the previous two people. THICK (not large) retentive head and smooth creamy lacing. Pretty ruby crimson color. Nose of plums and plenty of fermented sweet fruit, the dark notes in basalmic vinegar, nutty fructose. The flavor is tart and sweet both in overdrive that run each other out and really putter out on the palate, creating a huge build up to a fizzle then a creamy malt note just slithers down quickly. Noticable hops but the malts are mainly upfront. Chalky but wet finish. Very unique beer, I didn’t like it at first, almost a bit metallic from the tangyness, like chewing on tin foil, then just adapted to my taste buds and now I’m savoring it.
Enniskillen (2029) - Salinas, California, USA - AUG 1, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Slightly ruby brown color with no head. Aroma is chocolate, caramel, dried fruit, alcohol, toffee. Taste is dried fruit, chocolate, light alcohol, light hoppiness in the background, raspberries. Overall pretty good.
MrWalker (926) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 18, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ OMH-tasting
Malty, sweet, clean, raisins, dates, tannines, complexity. Long aftertaste. Like.
carruthm (1399) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 23, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
on tap at brouwer’s cafe for hard liver 2010. very dark reddish tint that was gorgeous. dark fruits on the nose, alcohol noticeable, a bit too cloying but had intriguing notes that kept me coming back.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - OCT 15, 2006
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Foamed right out of the bottle. First thought was infection. I took a wiff and thought wow infection by mistake or by choice. But man I love the smell of wild yeasty funky leather. So I am drinking this one. Very dark ruby-brown color with a large beige head. Big funky leather sweet aroma. Some fruitiness. Do I rate it bad for infection or great for terrfic lamibc aroma. As it warms the horse gets stankier. Yum. The flavor starts with sweet fruit, cherries, sugar and then funk. It tastes great if you like that. Mild tartness. Well I am scoring ased on how I like it and not if it is a barleywine or a lambic. I will knock the overall because the beer is not what it was intended to be.
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - JUL 26, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dense dark brown appearance. Malty, toffee aroma with black cherry. Intensley sweet palate, not much hop evidence compared to other US versions. Burnt fruitcake, black cherry, caramel/toffee. Pretty tastey stuff.
Oakes (10935) - Savusavu, FIJI ISLANDS - JUN 5, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 27, 2005 Draught, Collins Pub, Seattle
Very dark brown; smokey, toffeeish dark malt aroma. Smooth, soft body. Toffeeish notes lead, with raisiny, plummy depths. Slight burnt raisin in the finish. Light example of the style, but fairly well-made and interesting with those distinctive dark fruit notes. Good beer, but probably not worthy of such a boastful name.