Damico (3053) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 22, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap from DeCicco’s market. The aroma is booze and hops. The appearance is bright amber with a small tan white head. The flavor reflects the aroma - boozy and hoppy, but surprisingly smooth.
Chad9976 (1541) - Orlando, Florida, USA - AUG 1, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 4, 2010 Had a 2009 vintage on tap at Aroma Thyme Bistro.
App: beautiful shade of red, like wine. Not much head though.
Aroma: intense pine with slight citrus and dark fruit notes. No booze smell.
T: starts off like an imperial ipa and quickly turns into an American barleywine. Extremely rich and sweet like organic maple syrup. Dark fruit notes of fig and dates. Very bitter in the back end, but the hops don’t linger. This beer is brewed with 100lbs of organic honey and it shows.
D. Difficult to drink in anything other than sips but it doesn’t destroy your palate. Smooth finish.
M: thick and sticky but no alcohol burn.
O: very impressive. This beers ages well. I’d prefer something closer to an imperial ipa but the barleywine composition is quite satisfying.
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - JUL 9, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
11/09 bottle #33/250 via boltz on 3/21/2010.
bronze-y copper brown with a small quickly diminishing tan head.
it smells very floral and full of honey.... mixed with caramel malt, orange and green peppers from the wood.
the flavor is the same... quite sweet and surprisingly alcoholic on the finish.
it is oddly medium bodied (i thought it would be sticky) but i’d be hard pressed to drink more than a few ounces. 7/3/7/3/14/3.4
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 7, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle shared by LIVEFAST at Capone’s.
Pours a dark golden copper orange color with golden burnt orange hues when held to a light source and a small onefinger off-white frothy head that quickly settles into a lasting ring. Minimal spots of lacing.
Sweet malty aroma with subtle citrus and piney hops along with a prominent alcohol presence. Not as hoppy as I expected with hints of Graham cracker and biscuit. Floral/perfume notes and lots of alcohol.
Medium bodied and slightly hoppier than the aroma suggests. Still a lot of sweetness and heat from the alcohol complimenting the sweet caramel malt. Also hints of Graham cracker and biscuit along with sweet citrus and dry piney hop notes. Long dry finish with more alcohol heat and warmth.
Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAY 30, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle #23/250 shared by BOLTZ7555 at Hellbilly’s Shootout in Sosco Tasting. Thanks J! Pours a hazy dark amber with a small tan head. The nose is sweet caramel, fruit and spice. The taste is toffee, fruit, citrus hops with some hop bite in the finish. Alcohol finds its way to the mix at the very end. Medium bodied. Good stuff – thanks J!
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAY 18, 2010
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
1 liter swingtop, courtesy orlgamecock. #94 of 250 from the November 2009 batch. The pour yields a very slightly hazy, dark reddish-amber body. A small, frothy head of yellowish-khaki foam settles to a thin film with a pronounced edge. A thick, wet wash breaks apart into chunky spots of lace. The nose is loaded with big, sugary-sweet caramel and toffee malts, with notes of bread, booze, and softly bitter orange peel hops. It smells like a muddled, malty mess, to be honest. Flavors are a tad bit better, as the caramel and toffee settle in a bit and welcome notes of floral honey and golden raisin. Citrus hops have surely faded a bit since bottling, but I can tell that they never lived up to the massive avalanche of sugary malts that this one shows. Booziness is there, though it’s mostly consumed by all the sugars. The palate is thick, sticky, moderately carbonated, and overly warm. I can’t think of an instance in which I’d actually seek out to drink something like this, and most certainly not at this ridiculous pricetag. Keegan should be ashamed of themselves for charging what they do for this stuff.
dchmela (2924) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAY 14, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to Orlandogamecock for the pour. Dark brown pour. Candy like sweet malt aroma, like hard orange candy. Taste is honey, vanilla malt with lots of alcohol peaking through. Good stuff.
sebletitje (8269) - Enghien, BELGIUM - APR 21, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Wax bottle @ Miami Fandango ’10 gathering. bottle 108/250
pours dark amber, off-white head.
sweet honey nose with light malt.
flavors, found it to have a high carbonation, sweet honey mouthfeel, floral with some bitter hops and oak barrel presence.
Overall impression of a caramel malt palate directly followed by the honey adding a blossom thick syrupy finish.
BOLTZ7555 (2999) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAR 28, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 33 of 250 acquired via trade. Bright glowing amber brew with a thin white head. Honey, wood, and caramel malt find their way to the nose. Interesting peppery spice and hops balance the flavor but I also get a bit of iced-tea here (sensitive to it). Still a little hot and sugary.
daknole (10738) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 21, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks boltz! Amber pour. Raisins, caramel, light hops. Flavor is much the same. Some sweetness, honey, and a lightly hoppy finish.