kbutler1 (1350) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 6, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours a very deep red amber color with very minimal head. The aroma is loaded with malty sweetness and caramel with a slight touch of hops. The taste is super sweet but was expected. Drinks actually fairly easy. Minimal alcohol notes for a 10% abv beer. Medium mouthfeel. starts with the aforementioned malt sweetness with a subtle hoppiness in the back end.
Jow (2086) - New York, USA - NOV 3, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
On tap at Blind Tiger VSK event. Pours a murky reddish brown coloration. Nice chewy malt flavor with cedar, plums, earthiness, and some hoppy backbone. finishes dry and warm, very nice beer glad I made the trek downtown to try.
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - OCT 23, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cloudy, murky, brownish, no head. Aroma is oxidized through and through, slight malt sweetness in backend. Flavor much the same. Cloying, syruppy sweet mouthfeel. Decent at best.
cfrancis (2324) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 22, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to Cletus for this. Reminds me of Lagunitas Imp Red a lot. Pours a cloudy brownish red with a thin off white head the quickly disappears. Aroma is intense earthy hops and malt. Spice that tickles the nostrils. Taste is a blast of gorgeous bitter and a huge malt mouthfeel. Slightly spicy that plays on the tongue long after the liquid is gone. Great beer.
pete4999 (1034) - Buffalo, New York, USA - SEP 8, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, part of a tasting of batch 1 Ten at the Ithaca beer co tasting room. Absolutely awesome. I was worried this wouldn’t be aging that well, but it’s coming along very nicely. Tastes like a barleywine....not like "double Cascazilla" I was expecting. Smooth, sweet, with just enough complexity that it’s changing a bit every sip.
paultheguru (644) - Parker, Colorado, USA - AUG 29, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A: snifter. pours a deep rich amber/mahogany color. dark and rich. nice light caramel colored head. good retention rate. good lacing.
S: nice rich hop aroma, mostly oranges and pine. huge alcohol nose...massive. some sweet malts in the nose, slightly roasted hints.
T: huge alcohol taste...but it doesn’t kill the beer. wonderful caramel malt flavors. great malt backbone. good use of the hops, great balance with the malts. great flavor for a Double Red Ale. citrus, pine needles and some burnt caramel. long lingering aftertaste.
M: nice and warming mouthfeel. full-bodied, and enjoyable. good solid palate.
D: very nice brew, although 10% might be a little rough for most, especially in a 750mL. This is definitely worthy of a try if not more.
rampmaster (642) - Alden, New York, USA - AUG 15, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Presentation: It was poured from a brown 750ml bottle into a tulip glass. On the label there is nice description of the beer and a batch number. (Batch # e ! 014)
Appearance: The body has a deep russet brown color with a deep hazy orange glow when held up to the light. The pour produces a one finger thick white foam head which fades to just a thin film covering. Lacing is minimal, slick and spotty.
Smell: There are loads of nice citrusy hop notes in the nose as well as a solid base of sweet malt and sweet alcohol.
Taste/Palate: It starts with a deep rich base of sweet malt. It reveals hints of caramel, dark dried fruit and dark alcohol laced cake. This make for nice mellow warmth though out. Hop flavor is also present and adds some mild citrus as well as earthy and spicy bitter notes. The palate has a big full body soft carbonation and firm smooth, almost sticky texture.
Notes: Its big 10% abv, complex maltiness and mouth feel make for a solid and enjoyable slow sipping ale.
msante79 (2210) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - JUL 21, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml bottle from Belmont Party Supply. Pours reddish amber with tan head. Aromas of caramel, toffee, faded hops, and roasted malts. Flavors of chewy malts, caramel, toffee, and muted hops. Really just a malt bomb at this point.
StefanSD (2117) - Lakeside, California, USA - JUL 17, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle courtesy of secret Santa. Batch E!006. Pours a hazy amber-brown color with a small cream head . The aroma is very barley-wine like with roasted grains, almonds, toffee and fruits. Tastes of a barley-wine also, plenty of roasted malts, fruits and nuts. There was no real noticeable hop presence and a slight oxidation was detectable. The palate is full and smooth with soft carbonation. Finishes short and dry. Overall: I think that this ale is a slight bit past its prime, its still quite drinkable but the thrill is gone.
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - JUN 9, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
75cl bottle. Hazy amber-brown with a creamy beige head. Fruity aroma with caramel, bread crust, and spicy hops lingering in the back. Caramel malt sweetness with some raisin and moderate hoppy bitterness. Medium-full body with smooth carbonation. Has some fruity aged character similar to a barley wine, but stays a touch lighter on the palate.