TikiE (368) - Sylva, North Carolina, USA - FEB 19, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks kurt for the sample at the Tiki Top beer tasting extravaganza.! I love this beer, it poured a beautiful orangish amber color with light on top and dark on bottom....says kurt. The sedement on the bottle gave it a nice touch and the taste was not overpowerling sweet for a barley wine. If you can find this beer..PURCHASE!!!
mar (4814) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 17, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2007 bottle. deep amber color with a nice khaki head. wood and fruit on the nose with hints of malts and hops. very sweet taste like candy and a slight woody flavor. very good barley wine here.
BeerVirgin72 (880) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - FEB 16, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Had on tap at Brews. Pour was a nice dark amber color, slight creamy head. Sweet aroma of caramel, brown sugar, vanilla, and malts. Holy cow do just adore barley wines. And while barrel aged ones arent my favorite, this one was very good. The oak was very mild. Alcohol not overwhelming. Taste was sweet caramel, vanilla, citrus, and malts...Very very light wood flavor, and a bit of hops on the finish.
fiulijn (14380) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 16, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 19, 2011 2011-06-19, corked bottle, vintage 2007, 9.1% ABV, 4 years old, 8-4-8-4-16=40
Hazy amber color, with a medium sized creamy layer. Aroma of generic wood and oak, vanilla, fudge, some caramel. Good body strength; strong flavor of toffee and fudge, very sweet, with evident vanilla/oak presence; the alcohol is also quite present, while the hop gives enough bitterness, but obviously less quality than it used to. It may be cloying in large quantities. Still good, but getting tired.
2008-02-16, corked bottle, vintage 2007, 9.1% ABV, 8-5-9-5-17=44
Hazy dark amber to chestnut color; creamy head, a thin layer is persistent, and nice, chaotic lace. Nice aroma of malt, caramel, soil, earthy hops, yeast, very light manure. Full bodied, it has a very good caramel flavor (like rhubarb candies), with a strong hopping of a very good quality, resiny; with the sweetness that I look for in a beer. It has of course a long and powerful final, bitter and sweet, like some less herbal Italian digestive liquors (Cynar), where just the alcohol is warming the mouth. I don’t notice the oak. Could as well be an American Strong Ale, since the hop almost prevail on the malt. The aroma is more complex, but the flavor and palate are more fulfilling. Straightforward, but extremely hedonistic, excellent.
pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - FEB 16, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2007 bottle (Thanks for sharing Jerel!) ORangy hazed with a light tan to creamy head. Bandaids and socks over a lightly sweet light malt. A small bit of fruit. Not watery, but a bit thinner for the style, with low carbonation. Smokey set malt. soem oak. Swet with some light fruit. Low carbonation. Oaky astringency in the finish. I guess I’ll sit on my bottle for a bit longer.
legion242 (2170) - Richardson, Texas, USA - FEB 15, 2008
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Hot and over-hopped. A generous portion of yeast at the bottom though, so I think I wills et a few back for at LEAST a year.
FlacoAlto (3800) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - FEB 8, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2007 Bottle Date; Sampled February 2008
Well carbonated as the beer pours with a three-finger thick, tan colored head that I fairly tightly beaded for such a big beer. The head leaves some thin lacing as it slowly subsides. The beer is a reddish amber color and shows an almost brilliantly clear, pale cranberry hued, copper color when held up to the light. The aroma is quite hop focused up front with lots of fruity notes of apricots, candied orange zest, ruby-red grapefruit syrup, some tropical fruit and a substantial lychee contribution. Towards the middle of a big draught of the aroma is a toasty, bread-like, crusty malt character, but then the oak components kick in. The oak contributes ample spicy oak, a woody backdrop and a warming finish. Interestingly enough the huge, up front character of this beer is the fruity hop character, you almost have to dig to get to the oak aromatics and I find that nicely refreshing in an oak aged brew.
Sweet and thick at first, but then an ample carbonation kicks in that froths the beer up a bit more than I would like. This carbonation is followed by a sharp, spicy, woody oak component that lingers on into a long, slightly tannic finish. A vigorous, quick swirl of my tulip glass gets rid of the excess carbonation. Up front with the clean malt sweetness this has a fair amount of hop-fruitiness to it, not as much as the aroma might have suggested, but I still get flavors of orange zest, grapefruit and a touch of lychee. The oak flavors are much more present here. At times they can be a bit distracting, especially as they combine with the alcohol, and hop bitterness in the finish; all of which contribute to a slightly harsh astringency. At its best this beer has a nice black pepper piquancy in the finish that is made up of both woody components and spicy oak components. Somehow this is almost smoky in the finish and even a bit salty as well, it is vaguely evocative of peat somehow, though I have no idea how it would have picked up these flavors. The combination of oak and alcohol also makes the finish seem a bit boozy at times.
Tasty, but it can be a bit out of balance at times. I would have really loved this beer if the flavor had somehow kept the hop to oak ratio that was in the aroma. The hop flavors are much less juicy and appetizing than the aroma was and the oak flavors seem to add a bit of harshness to the beer, especially in the finish. Still this is a tasty, enjoyable beer, one which I would be happy to have again.
Purchased: <a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/Places/ShowPlace.asp? Liquors, Tucson AZ
badgerben (4392) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - FEB 7, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2007 Vintage. Thanks to Brewfiend. Murky orange color with a large head. Big chocolate aroma with lots of English hops. A little smoky. That smoke comes on strong in the flavor. Still more chocolate. The hop flavor fades, but is still fairly bitter. Very nice.
Bockyhorsey (2610) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - FEB 6, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
750ml bottle 2007. Got thre pours from bottle. First was more fresh citrus, second more sweet malts and third oak and dried fruits. Darker orange body first pour had big head and has covered my glass with lacing. Citrus orange and apricot flavors , malted caramel and some toast and oak as well. Some dyness lingers on palate along with a mild sweetness, good winter sipping brew.
SSSteve (3751) - - FEB 3, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2007. amber beer with slow moving lace giving it a viscous appearance. large off-white head. fruity citrus aroma with notes of vanilla, hops and spices. flavor has notes of hops, lots of oak, spices, apricot and something similar to smoked peat. dry finish. med-full bodied.