hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - MAR 23, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml from Liquor Outlet. Lightly hazy amber in color with a lasting off white head. Aroma: toasty caramel malt and molasses with a moderate amount of citrus and earthy hops. Taste is caramel, toasted malts, medium to big body with citrus and earthy hops. Bitterness is moderate, very well balanced ASA, nicely done.
FlagstoneHill (215) - Erie, Colorado, USA - MAR 7, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
21 Feb 08, draft at the brewery
Clear dark amber, off white head, 4
Citusry hop aroma with lots of malty notes , 9 ,
Carmelly, malty, with a bitter finish, 9
Med-hvy body , 3
Smooth, nice ’big’ beer - good hop and malt balance. 18
BlackForestCO (978) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - FEB 29, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAR 5, 2009 05 bottle shared by mmtmatrix. Poured an amber-copper color with a thick beige head. Aroma of light malts, slight citrus, and some spicy undertones. Flavor of smooth, light caramel malts with a good, spicy hop finish with light citrus undertones. Hops were still pretty strong considering it was at least 2 years old. Mildly thick, smooth on the palate. No sign of alcohol, but it seemed to hold up quite well. Better than I was anticipating.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 15, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark and thoroughly hazed, is this, near mahogany, maybe ruddy chestnut...underneath a thick slab of light tannish head...looking nice!
Aroma: surprisingly simplistic, I’m not getting much from it. (clears his nasal passage)...ah, there we go! Big time fruit, very much a bonafied boufante bitter, this guy, oversized, spilling hops and fruity associations...cherries, grapes, apples, even...I like it! A big-boned ESB, so far, and that I do appreciate.
Taste: Mmmm! Big fat hops all over the palate, big fruit, and plenty of bitter, and lots of lush malt, as well. Lots of bigness going on in here. Sweetness tickles the tongue and bitterness smacks it up. But, a double ESB, racking in at 9%...? Hoo-daddy!
This is a massive ale in a massive package which I may have saved for a night of sharing with friends, but, screw them, and hurray me! I’m enjoying it, and luxuriating in it...and, goldarnit, I deserve it!
Cheers to Lefthand for making this...I found it in the least likely store, for some reason, but I’m glad I tracked it down.
adrian910ss (2565) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 16, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle. Pours a dark muddy brown orange with a medium sized creamy beige head. Lots of lacing. Unfiltered. Tangy aroma with hints of fruit roll ups, orange peel and caramel. Taste is of tangy orange peel, caramel, toffee and hops. Very good.
SpringsLicker (3442) - Tennessee, USA - DEC 2, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Starts with a large creamy head over a muddy dark orange/amber body.
Aroma is strawberry jam on toast.
Plenty of malt with a good hop support.
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - NOV 18, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Aroma has a lot of candy bar sweetness at first. Caramel and toffee. Some wet wood. Roasted peanuts. Very malt forward with just a hint of hops. Pours cloudy amber with a thin khaki head. Flavor was drier than the nose would lead me to believe. Lots of dry oily hops. Chocolate (both milk and bittersweet). A hint of mint. Palate is rich and creamy. Finishes with a burst of piney hops.
fiulijn (18780) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 13, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 8, 2010 2010-08-08, corked bottle, vintage 2008, 2 years old, 9.1% ABV, 7-5-8-4-16=40
After some shaking, it pours a hazy dark amber color, with a small, creamy, persistent head. Mild aroma of malt, caramel, vanilla, fudge. Good malt flavor, rich, with medium sweetness level, caramel, vanilla oak; correct bitterness level, not realy evident; the alcohol is warming. Good malty brew, as Barley Wine it could stand a few more years.
2007-07-03, corked bottle, 9% ABV, 8-5-8-4-16=41
Cloudy amber color; huge creamy head; nice lace. Hop aroma, but also malty and a bit cheesy. Very malty brew, and a lot of caramel; only then the bitterness comes in, strong, but not enough aromatic, resiny nor fruity.
realale420 (399) - west covina, California, USA - SEP 21, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle poured a hazed amber/orange color with a small off white head. Aroma was heavy caramel malt with some slightly old citrus and pine hops. The flavor was bitter with an orange taste backed by strong malt and alcohol.
5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - SEP 2, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Deep caramel to start, dark brown by the end of the bottle, muddy, mediocre frothy head, some foam, half decent lacing.   Nose of soft tootsie roll and biscuity malts.   Interesting combination.   Definite tootsie roll on the tongue, some slight notes of caramel and toffee, finishing with a biscuity malt profile.   The hop aspect is quite minor.   This one is on the malty side of things.   As it warms I pick up a little bit of tobacco leaves and raisins on the finish.   Body is full to moderate, mouthfeel seems fairly average.   Very interesting beer.   Not that big on the tootsie roll, but at least there are other aspects of the beer that can counteract it.   I think this would be a bit more interesting if it had some more citrusy notes, perhaps a bit more of a hop kick.   Still fairly interesting.