hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - APR 19, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle from 2005 brought to the tasting by sparky27... the color is like a caramel right before the cream is added with a huge tan head that eventually fades to a ring. the perfumey aroma is sweet with grains and caramel oakiness followed by raisins, pine, grass and some citrus hops. palate is sweet but not sticky or cloying. this is surprisingly still quite hoppy.... flavor is similar to the aroma... raisins and a distinct dry woodiness precede a slight bite on the finish. medium body is soft from the carbonation and creamy without being sticky. i bet this is bitchin’ when it’s fresh...
puzzl (3249) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 29, 2008
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by that Beer Drinker of the Year 2001 guy. He’s the man. Acrid, strong, alcohol filled aroma, loaded with bitter hops and gasoline. Kind of old flavor, oxidized already though new, but still rather light and mellow. The polar opposite of the aroma. Soupy and heavy, though soft on the tongue. Pretty nice, if you can get past the smell.
theisti (3175) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - MAR 30, 2009
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle from eaglefan538. Pour is ruby orange brown with a one inch off white head. Aroma of caramelly sweet malt, toasty, and some citrus hoppiness behind that. Nice, full nose. Really nice balance and melding of the hops and malts. Taste is caramelly, brown sugar, and the citrus. Some grainy mineral bright fruit sweetness behind that. Taste is nice, but not as full as the nose would suggest. Palate is medium full, mouth coating. Nice one, thanks for this one Brian.
ReggieDunlap (3005) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 15, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
pours an amber/ruby color with a huge tan head. aroma has lots of candied fruit, malty sweetness, and tea. flavor follows suit...candied fruits, toffee, tea, earthy bitterness and booziness. mouthfeel is medium and the finish is fruity/earthy and dry...warming.
GRM (2912) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 2, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Brown bottle, 1 pint 9.3 ounces, from Luc Bourbonnière, with Louise and Luc, savoured on September 13 2013; eye: orangey, hazy, no effervescence, tiny ring of beige head, no lacing; nose: malt, caramel, fruity, light alcohol, lightly tired, light basement; mouth: malt, caramel, fruity, light alcohol, lightly tired, light basement, sourish, malty finale with light fruity presence, medium body, average carbonation, lightly bitter, lightly harsh texture; overall: correct
Bouteille brune, 1 pinte 9,3 onces, de Luc Bourbonnière, avec Louise et Luc, savourée le 13 septembre 2013; œil : orangée, voilée, pas d’effervescence, petit anneau de mousse beige, pas de dentelle; nez : malt, caramel, fruité, léger alcool, légèrement fatiguée, léger cave; bouche : malt, caramel, fruité, léger alcool, légèrement fatiguée, léger cave, aigrelet, finale maltée avec légère présence fruitée, corps moyen, carbonatation moyenne, légèrement amère, texture légèrement rugueuse; en résumé : correct
Hophead22 (2880) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - SEP 24, 2008
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Another big IH 750ml bottle courtesy of Swolf3. Poured dark brown, with a tan head. Dry aroma, dried fruit as well. Very luxurious flavor, just permeates the tastebuds. Very enjoyable.
eaglefan538 (2843) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - MAR 21, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Closing out the opening day of March Madness with a 750 from the Wilmington location. Poured an orangey brown color, slight murkiness to it, but nothing extreme, tons of carbonation in the pour and a head that was strongly retained during consumptions, steady flow of replentishing bubbles. The aroma was piney resinous, caramel, raisins. The flavor was strong caramel, dry dark fruits (raisins for sure), strawberries (surprised to see that exact descriptor below in a review), vanilla, and very strong pine-resinous and spicey hops. Mouthfeel was only moderate for the style, far from sticky, highly carbonated (I’d venture to even say too highly carbonated, which probably led to a more light-moderate impression than moderate-heavy). Outside of the body, this thing did indeed resemble SN Bigfoot, imo (also noted below by another reviewer).
BOLTZ7555 (2780) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - APR 14, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sparky27...Thanks for a chance to taste a brew with only 10 ratings!!! Hellbilly...thanks for the Phoenix Tasting!!! Always a good thing to get those passionate about beer together!!! Gem quality garnet with eggshell foam. Hoppier than expected given the style...also lower ABV than typical in a barley wine. Age will benefit this tremendously.
tgncc (2740) - Bellmore, New York, USA - JAN 15, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Fruit, candi sugar, citrus on the nose. The appearance is dark amber, off white head. The flavor is fruit, candi sugar, citrus. The finish is citrus, pine. Medium in body, slightly thick. Nice.
Bockyhorsey (2609) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - APR 15, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle coutsey of Sparky27 at hellbilly’s. Nutty caramel aroma. Murky brown with average head. Got mostly just a caramel flavor and some dried fruits and maybe some wood taste in there. One of those odd brews to figure out but glad I got a chance to try it.