crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - OCT 10, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Amber pour, small white head. Sweet sugary aroma. Flavor is sweet, brown sugar, candi sugar, some berries and a big caramel sweetness. A roasted touch in the aftertaste with a perfurmy sweetness.
shintriad (700) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 19, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very hoppy scent, sweet off the top. Sugary, thick, great lace -- almost looks like icicles. Sharp flavour, very pleasing,
Wulfstan (509) - California, USA - SEP 17, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2007 I had originally given a more muted opinion of this, but I tried some that I found languishing in my pantry for a while and it aged really well. This beer ages into a very nice barleywine. It has an interesting mix of strong alcohol and earthy bitterness, with some complexity and rich, musky sweetness to compensate. The bottles I had new were a little rough and a tad harsh, but after others from the same batch aged, the flavours mellowed together very nicely. The bodys is a murky/hazy light red-brown with a fairly thick light tan head leaving good lacing. It thus looks a lot like Third Street Aleworks’ Brass Parachute, which it also tastes somewhat like when aged.
footy (345) - scottsdale, Arizona, USA - SEP 10, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
10/31/05 12 oz. Amber with small beige head. Hoppy sweet malty aroma. Caramal malt sweet flavor with some contrasting bitterness.
Pwn3d (1962) - Manhattan, New York, USA - SEP 2, 2007
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2009 Ugly 12oz bottle. The label looks like i could of made it on my inkjet printer. Had this dec 06, but forgot to rate it. I remember little to no carbonation, dark pour, and smooth finish. Although interesting and fairly complex, i would not go out of my way to try this again. But extra points for hiding the alcohol amazingly well. Rerate: Had this at Valhalla, better cause i’m not a n00blet anymore.. but still not very good.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: SEP 9, 2007 Date: 03/04/2005
Source: Tasting, RateBeer SE Gathering, 2005
clear amber with a nice tan head,
sweet carmel malt aroma,
rich carmel malt flavor, balanced with just enough dry bitterness to keep it from being too sweet
Score: 3.0 to 2.6
thin, sweet, and bitter,
Score: 2.6 to 3.0
Words: cellar party
rich sweet caramel and brown sugar grittyness with lots of earthyness,
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 12/20
shendrix (478) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 26, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very pleasing, though just a tad too cloying for daily drinking. Not that you’d want a 9.9% daily drinker any way. The alcohol, though, is hidden beneath a veritable blanket of sweet brown sugar, caramel and toffee, with a mild bit of figs in the background. All of that would be far too sweet if it weren’t balanced by nicely understated, though by no means mistakable or forgettable, hops. I’ll drink this one again.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 24, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 11, 2011 Interesting beer. Not having had Old Gnarleywine, I can’t compare. But this is a decent West Coast style BW, very heavy on the sugars, but with a fairly insubstantial body and a one-dimensional flavor profile. Decent sipper, but not enough complexity.
Funknmilla (733) - Wayne, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 19, 2007
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle enjoyed on 4-20-2007!...Copper with beige head....mainly malt in the sniff, an undertone of hop and spices?...what kind?...well I sure don’t know...malty flavor with an unbalanced creaminess versus bitters...oh and sugar of the brown variety....DON’T THINK SO....it must have all converted into alcohol cuz I don’t taste it
mike mcneil (660) - St Augustine, Florida, USA - AUG 16, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Although I consider myself a hophead I can be a sucker for a tasty sweet Strong Ale and ths was a good one. Pours a deep brown color with amber-orange hues. Props up a creamy and thick beige head with superb retention. As expected the aromas lean toward a sweet molasses and brown sugar presentation with the addition of some subdued notes of dried dark fruits, toffee, caramel and some faint hop spiciness. Mouthfeel was average with a moderately creamy and chewy body but seems to finish a touch on the thin side. Flavors were admirably balanced and fairly assertive. Notes of sweet dark sugars, figs, raisins and roasted malts were nicely combined with a slightly tamer hop spice and bitterness. This saves the beer from becoming too cloyingly sweet. The big alcohol is hardly perceptible and this is easy goin’ down for 9.9%!