iowaherkeye (2675) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - JUN 5, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle--forgive me, I donít remember who I got this from. Clear reddish copper with a small beige head, fading to a thin ring rather quickly--no film or anything else. Citrus tang and scorched caramel up front, with some raisins, dried cherries, brown sugar, and spicy alcohol in the background. Also a bit of tobacco. No sign of the infection that people are talking about. Flavor does have some cherry tartness, but still plenty of raisins, scorched caramel, and brown sugar. Spicy hops and alcohol help this from getting too dry. This beer does show its strength. Bitterness peaked at a 2--not the medium to high bitterness the description claims.Full body with minimal carbonation. One of the more tangy barleywines Iíve had, but not near as bad as the last few ratings.
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 3, 2008
1.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
From a 12oz Bottle. After taking one sip, I decided to donate the rest of my bottle to a craft brew malt vinegar experiment, the thought being that the infection might lend a more enjoyable layer of depth and complexity when found in malt vinegar. The residual sugars might also help with that too, as they should provide plenty of nutrients and sugar content to feed the vinegar culture throughout the aging process. Good thing this wasnít a limited special release so I didnít have the opportunity to be even more disappointed.
BOLTZ7555 (2578) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAY 31, 2008
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle courtesy of polomagnifico...THANKS RYAN!!! So, I can see why this one was retired. Zero head with a dark coppery brown body. Aroma is extremely sour and exhibits hints of fig, raisin, and date. Flavor is all tart cherries...canít find the "strong malt flavor" they describe. Maybe a misprint. Not a favorite but still glad I had a chance to try this rarity!!!
hopdog (8225) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 17, 2008
2.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12oz bottle shared courtesy of TomDecapolis. Poured deeper and cloudy brownish color with a small sized off white head. Aromas of caramel, raisins, vanilla, other dark and fruitiness. Very nice aroma, looked forward to the tastes and then, wham, tastes of sour and tart cherries with some caramel. The tart/sour cherries domininated.
egajdzis (5116) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 15, 2008
2.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Poured a murky red brown color with a thin, off white head, no lacing on the glass. Aroma of dried fruits, pine, oxidation, and light floral hops. Taste was quite sour, cherries, raisins, soft caramel malts, and a bit of alcohol. Unfortunate for being so young that this beer could not stand up. I thought the Bourbon version of this was much better.
TomDecapolis (4331) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - MAY 15, 2008
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to ogglethorp for the trade. Pours a hazy ruby/amber/brown with a small bubbly off white head that went away to nothing. Aroma of dark fruits, toffee, toasted malts, nuts, vanilla, some oak, light cherries and raisins. Flavor of...yeah, itís sour. Cherries, some vanilla and dark fruits, caramel, but a pretty drastic difference from the aroma.
pepsican (1395) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - MAY 13, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
ruby pour with a thin off white head. Aroma is very malt forward. Flavor is very sweet cherries, caramel, some tannins, raisin. Finishes very sweet. Up front on the palate it feels very syrupy, but finishes rather thin. Very interesting. Thanks to Styles for this guy!
aubreya (676) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - MAY 4, 2008
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks polomagnifico. The color was ruby/brown. The head was thin, fizzy, and off-white. The arom awas sweet, spice, and light hops. The flavor was surprisigly tart, spicy, caramel, and alcohol. The palate was full-bodied. The finish was warm.
emacgee (3740) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - MAY 4, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks polomagnifico. 2006 vintage. Pours a dark ruby brownish red. A lot more carbonation than I would have expected. Thin frothy tan head. The aroma was very fruity, sweet, earthy, minor oxidized notes, caramel, brown sugar, alcohol, wine, vinous. The flavor is interesting, actually very sour, caramel, sweet, alcohol, vinous, cherry, lots of muddled flavors. Very sour, acidic, warm, carbonated mouthfeel. Wondering if the sourness and the excess carbonation are the result of a bug.
Drake (7123) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - MAY 2, 2008
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: MAY 3, 2008 2006 bottle courtesy of Pailhead. Rating #350! Thanks! Pours chocolate brown with a small disappearing head. Very pungent aroma of toffee, raisins and alcohol. Same in the taste... but VERY sour and totally off balance. ourness like sour cherries and barnyard funk. Bad bottle?