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 (730) - 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%!
Drink4Satan (676) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 14, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a hazy apricot colour with tan head that fades to a spotty film. The aroma is vinous, sweet and sour, with loads or caramel, fruity hops, raisins briwn sugar (duh), and a bit of chocolate. Very sugary. The flavour is fruity and piney with a malty, sugary backbone that is mostly caramel and candied sugar. The after-bite is pine, lemon rine, licorice and alcohol, with a nice warming. There is a nice balance of complementing flavours here. The hop presence is not as prominent as in other american micros. The body is full and syrupy, sticky on the palate. Very tasty and a real slow sipper.
Hank1980 (966) - Athens, Georgia, USA - AUG 12, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours clear brown with a light brown creamy head. Beer has plenty of carbonation. Nose is malty with some chocolate and alcohol. Taste is sweet! Bitterness comes in on the finish. Overall, a pretty good beer.
BINGEBOT (240) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 4, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at the Clarke Street Ale House. Reddish beer with a light orangy head. Smells of caramel, sweet, a slight hint of alcohol. Tastes very sweet, and very strong, a bit too much for my liking. Complex though, hints of fruits, grassy, pine on top of the obvious sweet brown "shuggary" taste. Thick body and smooth. But overall the taste is a little too overpowering.
rocbyter (2037) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - AUG 2, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Moderate oat malt aroma. Dark orange color with a small brownish head. Initialy sweet moving to bitter in the finish. Caramel malt tangyness. Very Drinkable barley wine but nothing to spectacular as far as barley wines go.
Grandpa (327) - Verona, New York, USA - JUL 31, 2007
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
It poured an opaque brown with a small, tan head. My first impression was a tongue twisting sourness, The malt was there but was overbalanced by the hops. The sweet malt experience, promised by the label, was not there. There were large,floating pieces of sediment in the bottom of the glass. Perhaps I was influenced by my son. After a couple of sips his bomber went down the drain.