msante79 (2187) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - JUL 9, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Had this one sitting in the cellar for a while and it appears this one is infected. Gushed upon opening. Pours really dark reddish brown with huge tan head. Aromas of caramel, malts, wood and infected tartness. Flavors of caramel, malts, earthy dark fruits, bit of wood, and quite a bit of tartness. Really kind of undrinkable at this point. Would have been pretty solid if not infected.
MrChopin (2763) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 30, 2011
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
ottle froths. Dark brown with large white head. Iight malt, heavy Brett pineapple sweetness over-riding smell. Flavor is more caramel, lightly burnt, some Brett coming in dry, farmy finish. Bit metallic, but not so bad.
Beerman6686 (3536) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 23, 2011
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
This poured a dark red to lighter brown and murky. Aroma was of infection, slightly tart, some dark fruits and figs, as well as some of the whiskey too. Flqavor was not quite as infected as the roma, but still there was a definate odd flavor, i think both from the bugs and the rye. Wish I was able to try a non infected one of this, it could be interesting.
cheap (3657) - Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 22, 2011
1.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 6/20
Had this at the RB Pgh Tasting, lthyís place, 5/21/11. Big thanks to MrChopin for this brew. This bottle was batch 017. Big thick pour once we got this foaming bomb to stop erupting & spilling over. The taste and palate is enormous thick chewy cloying something. The aroma is also cloyingly sweet. Thick and quite alky taste continues. Rude, nasty barley wine taste impression. Even tho a few of us here said it was infected, its difficult for my to differentiate this from other barley wines. No CO2. Does have a somewhat rude hint of sourness on the backend, I guess this attribute is what others are identifying as infected. Yes, a pretty interesting brew, and that mildly tart finish makes it unique among BWs. Thanks Kevin for the opportunity to have this beer, otherwise I probably never would have had this in a lifetime!
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 21, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Brown-red, beige cover. Foamy. Aroma is lots of caramel. Taste is lots of caramel, some dark fruity. Something a bit off.
NobleSquirrel (3429) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 2, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Theresaís Next Door, opened at DLD. Pours a ruddy brown with a ton of crap floating in it as it was a light gusher. robust foam on top. Nose is a brett infection, some funky notes but more horsey than Iíd like. Some sweet vanilla and oak notes come through as does a certain cherry note. Fruity. On taste, this is an odd one. There is an overwhelming bitterness that grows unpleasant after a while, but the base flavors that do exist are round and full. Light spicy cherry type notes with some light sweetnees. It is astringent though. Damn, should have been a better beer.
nimbleprop (3852) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 22, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle pours a caramel brown with some cloudy, brown head. Smells infected. Nose is tart, sweet, estery, candy sugar. Flavor is sweet, apples, raisins, caramel, crystal malts. Finish is full bodied and sweet.
FunkyBrewster (1517) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 7, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle. Gusher for me too, luckily I had a glass nearby and let it pour down the bottle into the glass. Didnt seem to want to stop gushing for quite some time. Pours a deep amber red with a small light tan froth. Aroma is a but metallic but that settled out. Picked up some dark fruit, black cherry, a bit sharp with some sweet nutty earthy notes. Flavor has a sweet and sour component. Lots of wood from the barrel, dark fruit, black cherry again, a bit of a vinous note, though its a soft tartness that works with the sweetness and earthy hops. A bit spicy in the finish which has a touch of cheesy funk. Medium to medium full body and a fizzy carbonation. I donít think it was too bad, I enjoyed a lot of aspects of the beer.
dmac (3513) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JAN 29, 2011
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
INFECTED. That basically should sum up the review but I will continue. If there was a sour barley wine style then this would bea great example. Poured a deep dark brown body with a HUGE beige head. Aroma of sour fruits, green apple and sour cherry, chocolate, funk, medicinal notes and band aids. Fizzy body with strong carbontion. Flavor of chocolate, bad medicine, band aids and sour cherries. DRAINPOUR.
pineypower (2306) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - JAN 24, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to JTclockwork. Bottle didnít gush, but by the aroma of the pour it was slightly infected. Aroma is of some light funky notes and a touch of some fruit. Aside from the funk, the taste is of some light roast, sour apples, some spice and that funk creeping in there again. Would like to try a non-infected bottle, but as a sour this doesnít do too bad.