weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 16, 2008
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Much, much thanks to axilla for opening up this growler at The Sly Fox IPA event...
Appears a hazy, dark mahogany with a small, off white cap that never fades. Tons of scattered lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of rubber, ripe fruit, caramel, toasted nuts, vanilla, funk. Wow.
Taste is of sweet, funky fruit, caramel, cashews, almonds, brown sugar, vanilla. Jesus...complex isnt even the word here. This is fucking great stuff.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, funky, rubbery, fruit filled, with vanillins coming through. Palate coating.
Holy Christ in Heaven. This is really outrageous stuff that everyone needs to try.
It is almost like being able to have a super power for a few minutes because your senses are overwhelmed with goodness.
bu11zeye (11760) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 28, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(Hand bottle) Pours a clear orange body with a small head. Aroma of vinous, caramel, oak, herbs, and brandy. Flavor of cherry, oak, florals, brandy, raisins, caramel, and grass.
Slatetank (17) - York, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 18, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
thanks to weeare138 for sharing this, I was wowed, a brett quadruple -what a unique adventurous and inspiring brew.
Enjoyed cool in a tulip
A a lively caramel w/ small cream cap in the appearance -no crystal clear, but looks very nice in the glass, the retention is decent. The smell is off the charts - wonderful aromas of rainer cherry, golden and granny smith apples and slight earthy compliment, mild floral and herbal tinges from the brett -wow.
The feel is sweet, fruity and mildly acidic with the funk effect noticeable in texture. There is still a mild sweetness so I would say finish is more semi dry.
The taste is wonderful with the juicy apple tart berry and light grape notes blending well in this with the slightly fruity tang of wild yeast blending with spice and slight caramel from the malt foundation. the light funky rounds out the flavor adding complexity to the sour tinges and gentle fruitiness. To say this was drinkable is an understatement. The sour flavor is equisite - it does exactly what is needed without going overboard, the nuances are so plentiful and complexity is huge in this -top notch Iron Hill!
BMan1113VR (7773) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 12, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
500ml swingtop via a trade. Opens with a reassuring hiss. Pours with a murky orange-brown body and a small tan head with a bit of alcohol legs on top. Aromas of oak, possibly red wine, tannins, a light tartness, caramel, toffee and chestnuts. Light notes of tobacco and ethanol. Slightly corky. Flavors of a bit tannic, bitter, tobacco, oak, light currant and berry. Musty, cherry, lightly funky. Medium to light carbonation. Alcohol is extremely well hidden. Probably similar to an authentic (old fashioned) english old ale or stock ale.
argo0 (11167) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 8, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz handbottle, thanks anonymous. Small beige head atop murky amber body. Aroma is moderately sweet, cherry, Brandy. Taste is moderately sweet, cherry, some Brandy, light tart. Medium-full body, low stickiness
bierkoning (9754) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - APR 25, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hand bottled by Dickinsonbeer, thanks! Dark amber color. Oak, raisin and dried fruit in the aroma. Sweet flavor, vinous, oaky and malty with lots of dried peach, lemon, raspberry, brandy notes and fairly well hidden alcohol. Burning brandy in the finish. Lovely!
daknole (8329) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 21, 2009
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Hand bottle from TheEpeeist. What a treat! Hazy amber pour with a great fluffy tan head. Aroma is so complex. Booze, fresh oak, funk, cheese, lemony notes and yeast. Flavor is sweet/tart with tons of oak, fruit, yeast, lemon, wet earth...damn this one has stood the test of time and then some! WOW!!
bitbucket (2154) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - MAY 30, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12-oz hand-bottle. Thanks, Riverside! Pours cloudy dark amber with a lacy ring of foam. Sour cherry and barnyard funk and oak aroma. Creamy medium body. Sweet-tart taste of caramel, almond, and funk. This is a barleywine???
kramer (4564) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 19, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Handbottle, via axilla. Pours a hazy amber body with a small fleeting beige head that ran to a thin ring. The nose is very bretty, actually overpowering the big malt bill. Grape and plum fruitiness with oak, light bourbon, and caramel malt. No noticeable alcohol on the nose. The flavor is just a great melding of the brett and toffee maltiness, balanced with a bit of oaky dryness. Zero alcohol apparency, just a light warmth to the finish. Virtually zero residual sugars left in this guy. This might be one of the brettiest beers I’ve had. The high attenuation keeps this 10.5% beast pretty light on the palate with zero stickiness, unlike what you might expect from a Barley Wine like this. The mouthfeel is just awesome on this one. Overall, a unique beer to be sure, I hope that they make this one again.
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 22, 2009
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
growler - thanks to bvc for sharing this interesting (to say the least) beer; dark amber with slight tan head; initial aroma is mainly of dirty feet; lots of funk, dirt and pooh; drinks quite nice considering the off-putting aromas; texture is thin and sweet; wood, sugar, tartness; the barley wine seems to have disappeared for the most part; over a few glasses, this really started to grow on us; glad we had a growler to allow for multiple samples; still the aromas were quite awful
AgentSteve (1614) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - FEB 22, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
From Mreusch. Pours dark ruddy brown with a thin cream colored head. Nose is tart and oak. Strong vinegar like tartness. The flavor is dried fruit and caramel with a tart vinous front, smooth oak in the mid to finish, and then a bitter aftertaste. Old Tom may have been the base beer for this one, but it seems the barrel may have turned this into a decent sour.