hopdog (8254) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 23, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle acquired in trade with DarkElf (thanks!). Poured a dark mahogany color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of roast, caramel, toffee, and nuts. Tastes of caramel, light chocolate, nuts, roast, brown sugar, and some dark fruits. Light alcohol in the finish. Malty sweet.
JoeMcPhee (8063) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 3, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap at Barcade. Deep copper colour, thin tan head. Sweet plummy, pruny dried fruit aroma as well as sweet caramel/honey malts. Flavour is equally sweet and malty, with strong flavours of brown sugar, cherry and plums. Its backed by a sweet grapefruity and pine resinousness that takes the edge off what would otherwise be entirely too sweet. Decent balance in that it doesn’t get cloying, but it’s not really something I’d go for again.
daknole (8013) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 17, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Case and Keg. Pours a reddish/brown color and a very small head. Aroma has caramel, maple, honey, oak and some raisin bread. Flavor is pretty sweet and has caramel malts, maple syrup, brown sugar and a slight hop finish. Very good, just a tad too sweet.
Sammy (7733) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 27, 2005
3.2 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Brownish with a mocha head, significant head and lace, overflowing bottle a bit like Belgians do once the bottle was opened. Horrible aroma, fishy and like someone sweaty had drunk from this glass just prior. Not like to think about that. Pefectly served at Volo at just under room temperature and enjoyed on their deck. Smooth, creamy, refreshing, full mouthfeel. Hops came at you more and more, but carbonation was not overbearing rather drying. Spicy hop aftertaste.An easy name to find on the search engine.
BMan1113VR (7702) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 18, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the Gingerman, Dallas. Pours with a tan head over a murky amber body. Head leaves great lace. Aroma of toffee, figs, dark fruit, molasses, raisins and light autolysis (soy sauce). Taste is dark fruits, slightly vinous, raisins, toffee and dough. Overall very sweet tasting. Somewhere between an English strong and a Barley wine. No hops here. Medium to thick body with light bubbles. Mouthfeel is slightly more viscous than water.
adnielsen (7595) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 13, 2011
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle @ home. Very dark brown appearance with a fairly small tan head. Strong, boozy, sweet, old ale-like nose. Very strong, slightly fruity, boozy, a touch tart flavor. Quite boozy and therefore definitely a sipper. Sweet, vinous, earthy hoppy finish. Not a very smooth beer but I’m sure it would be nice in a deep Siberian winter. Too strong for my taste.
JorisPPattyn (7550) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - APR 22, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Chestnut colour, mahogany. Yellowish-amber head, thick. Nose of orange-marmalade cake. Beautifully hoppy-bitter, restrained and yet powerful. There’s a mighty malt punch underneath, a rich, velvety cake. Something pine-y there as well, resinous. Blends in well. Rich, full mouthfeel. Alcohol there, but restrained. The resinous hops are still there in the aftertaste. AH. This is American ale at its best.
3fourths (7534) - Boulder, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 8, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JUN 23, 2012 22oz bottle. MEdium dark brown with a rusty brown toasty head. Nice light body for a heavy beer such as this... lots of graham cracker, cinnamon, brown sugar, light lactic yeast flavor. Decent nose of wood, alcohol and whiskey, which is odd because it doesn’t taste like it at all.
MartinT (7317) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 31, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 28, 2007 The Lure:
Multiple fieldberries and oranges stick to the portly caramel maltiness. A sheet of foam protects the clear burgundy.
Green, resinous hop bitterness amicably grounds the black cherries and oranges. Caramel, roast and alcohol give depth to the flavor spectrum and a very good, although unmemorable, barleywine-like creature is born.
Wintry gales can warm your thoughts up.
DocLock (7214) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 4, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber from fly. #1400 for me. First off, I love Lagunitas beers, and seek them out whenever possible. This one pours a vivid brilliant ruby color with medium ecru head and great lacing. Aroma of caramel malt, hops, florals, and a first for me, ROSES! Yes, roses. Tastes very malty, with hops, florals, toffee, caramel, nuts, and slight chocolate at the finish. Layers upon layers of complexity, and more balanced than a Ringling Brothers trapeze artist. The hops do make themselves known more as it warms, and it indeed becomes more barleywinish, but I do not find that to be a negative at all. Very well hidden alcohol. I do have one question. From the label, what is a "perihelial release?"