RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 8, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Weird brew...I couldnít figure out if this was an American Strong or a Barley Wine at first. The harsh edges everyone talks about are very obvious...so much so that it is what one notices first. It has a harsh alcohol astringency...a sticky cloying mouthfeel...and a peppery burn on the tonsils. But on the plus side is a roasted caramel/toffee profile that I enjoyed very much and a cognac-like finish that intrigued me. Not all bad...in fact, not bad at all!
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - DEC 8, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a bottle this poured a chestnut body highlighted in shades of orange, bereft of bubbles, with a creamy off-white head, rapidly gone, and a drip-spot lacing. It smells of burnt toffee and singed caramel, sweet sweet sweet, bunches of alcohol, chunked up nuts, vanilla, and light brown sugar. The aroma becomes decidely more brandy-ish as it warms. Itís both hot and peppery on the tongue. The flavor begins and ends with alcohol. In between thereís some burnt caramel coated raw nuts, brown sugar, and a splash of vanilla extract. Sticky, hot, & sweet finish. I like this, but it definitely needs to lay down for a while to smooth out its rough edges.
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glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 8, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear copper with medium creamy head. Sweet malty aroma. Alcohol isnít very hidden. Very unique beer for sure....a little fruity and piney. Very smooth. Good subtle hops add a nice dimension. Good stuff.
Ughsmash (7507) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 7, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2006 Bottle. Poured clear deeper orangish-brown with a quickly-receding cap of off-white head. Nose was of lightly-burnt toffee, caramel, vanilla, and nutty sugars.. moderate alcohol, and some spices... more and more booze as it warmed up. Flavor found brown sugar, vanilla, and tacky caramel sweetness with somewhat complimentary alcohol.. mild bitterness around the edges. On the palate this kept going back and forth between being devilishly smooth & creamy and having a sharp & abrasive alcohol presence. Sticky, sweet, and warm finish was quite nice. Solid brew overall.
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 4, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
120z bottle. Filtered and a clear ruby hue. Spiraling off-white head. Malty caramel nose with a mild but apparent nasal burn. Nice toasty almost burnt tasting malt character. Sharp flavors imparted from the burn. Great mouthfeel, full and sweet and satisfying. Truly warming. Nice whiskey undertones and a nice vanilla note. Sugary sweet initially, then the burn hits. The finish is long and sweet and drying and slightly cloying. Medium effervescence with a tongue tingling tartness. Sour and bitter notes as it rolls over the tongue. And of course, anytime someone throws a Stones reference into the mix, it only makes me smile more!
bitbucket (2165) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - DEC 3, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours clear copper with a thick, lacy off-white head. Sweet fruit and caramel aroma. Full body with light carbonation. The taste is sugary sweet fruit and nuts with a lightly bitter finish.
Cobra (1100) - - DEC 2, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2007 12 oz. brown, twist off bottle. No freshness date, but 2006 batch for sure. Poured out a clear amber/ dark copper color. Has a thin tan colored head. Left a decent lacing down the sides of the chalice it was served in.
Aromas are of sweet burnt sugars, some toffee & caramel notes as well.
Slight vanilla in the background. Medium mouthfeel, rich & slick. Slightly oily too. Alcohol is well hidden, but warming upon impact. Balanced well with hops, neither too sweet or too hoppy. Finished somewhat sweet.
asteele8 (322) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - DEC 2, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a very clear dark amber color with a light brown head on top. Aroma is full of caramel, fruit, hops, and brown sugar. Flavor is full of fruit with a syrupy sugary tastes. The sweetness is countered with a hoppy bite at the end, somewhat metallic. Not a bad beer but to me the flavor really tells this was a beer that was accidentally made.
holdenn (2110) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 1, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle pours a dark brown with ruby highlights. Carmel, brown sugar, fruity and hoppy nose. Medium bodied and lots of hops sweet carmel, malt, brown sugar, and a piney hoppy bitterness. It just seemed like a weird combination to me, I didnít even know this was a barley wine at first but I thought it was some crazy hopped up brown ale. After time Iím a little used to the hops and this becomes more enjoyable, but overall not my cup of beer.
DocLock (9504) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 30, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to Santa for this one. Pours a great deep coppery ruby color, with a perfect 2-finger khaki head. Aroma of caramel malt, heavy fruit, hops, cabernet. Tastes rich, medium bodied, and complex on the tongue, with taste notes of canned peaches, pears in syrup mixed with hops, plus some plummy and caramel malty notes. This one has well hidden alcohol, and reminds me of a crisper, better attenuated version of Avery Hog Heaven. Iím just glad that this beer, like Beethoven, wasnít aborted.