Serve in Snifter, Tulip


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RATINGS: 1325   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 273   ABV: 9.1%
"Here’s Lookin’ Atcha’!"

Laying there, staring up at the ceiling, head pounding, last night was a dim recollection. How did he get home? Was he alone? Looking to the left and right, the answer was yes, maybe. His head was full of ’rag water, bitters, and the blue ruin’.His teeth felt like he’d been chewing aluminum and his breath smelled like a burning tractor tire. There was a wrenching knot somewhere between his liver and East St. Louis and he couldn’t be sure whether or not he’d wet himself. A yellow sine wave rang in his ears so loud nit made his teeth itch and he was sure that if he touched his skin anywhere it would induce a rhythmic retching jag. Even in the face of all that, he found himself smiling at the realization that today represented the fresh breast of a new year- an undiscovered country- and also there was still one warm, half-full, flat redolent Hairy Eyeball on the nightstand. Yes-there is a God.
2013 vintage - 9.4% abv

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nephilium (1498) - Ohio, USA - FEB 11, 2007
This pours a dark, dark red with a minimal head and strong lacing. The aroma smells almost like tea, with an underlying bitterness. The taste is a multilayered one, starting bitter, fading to sweet, and then leaving a bitter aftertaste. Alcohol is well hidden in the flavor, a very enjoyable beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SSSteve (3958) - - FEB 11, 2007
clear ruby/purple color. small tan head. hoppy, alcoholic, american barleywine aroma. sticky palate. flavors of alcohol, hops, and sweet malt with a hint of cinnamon in the finish. hint of licorice. too much alcohol.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
bigdogbrewing (9) - Delaware, Ohio, USA - FEB 10, 2007 does not count
Pours dark brown with orange/red highlights. White head with good retention. Leaves lace on the glass. Sweet malt up front and mid tongue, then a floral / herbal hop note hits and finishes clean and smooth. Smooth drinking but one dimensional. Does not not taste like a 9% tonic. No real flaws just does not have much complexity.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
riversideAK (5738) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - FEB 8, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 28, 2008 Mocha coffee roasty chocolate aroma. Tons of dark fruit too. Dark brown in color. Flavor is the same as the aroma except with more discernible fruity sweetness. A heavy body in this ale, yet for being 9% alcohol, I can see this being pretty drinkable actually.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - FEB 7, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2007 Pours dark reddish with a mostly receding tan head. Aroma of brown sugar, plums, raisins, and grapefruity hops. Taste is toffee, brown sugar, citric sour orange. Mouthfeel is full bodied and slightly resinous with soft carbonation. Finish is hoppy and acidic. Yum!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
BongoJay (6) - Basking Ridge, New Jersey, USA - FEB 7, 2007 does not count
Slight chocholate malt flavor quickly followed by carmel/toffee notes. The malt profile transitions very nicely from one malt to another. Clean and smooth texture. VERY Drinkable, especially considering it’s 9%. Bartender another round please.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jcwattsrugger (11560) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - FEB 11, 2007
12oz bottle-pours a foamy tan head that quickly dissipates and mahogany color. Aroma is lots of medium malt-sweet, dark fruit, secondary citrus. Taste is upfront citrus hops-bitterness followed by medium malt-sweet, dark fruit, licorice. Good carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - FEB 9, 2007
Courtesy boboski. Dark brown pour with a thin soapy head. Mild floral hop aroma with a malty background. Slightly bitter start to the taste and a dry finish with a bit of the hoppiness lingering. Very drinkable, but not much to set it apart really.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
thegreenrooster (3537) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 9, 2007
Pour is a very dark brown with almost no head. Aroma is chocolaty with notes of cherry and oily hops. Flavor is sweet chocolate malts with some dark fruits and molasses. The only down side is the lack of hops but other than that this is a tasty brew. Alcohol is hidden well for a 9%.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
peter (445) - Normal, Illinois, USA - FEB 9, 2007
I gotta say. I’m not liking this one. The alcohol is quite present, and the attack is quite harsh. The flavour, or lack thereof, of the hops isn’t strong enough to support the bitterness.

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