shigadeyo (2959) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - JUL 11, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brewed 2006 ~ Rating #1800
7/11/2009: Mad Brewer Divine Intervention Barley Wine styled ale pours out in a smooth, thick cascade of dark reddish-brown. A thin, densely packe beige crown gathers on the top surface and slowly fades away. At first the aroma tells of caramelized sugary malt and hints of smooth, creamy cherry, almond, and wood. Then the aged, citrusy hoppiness becomes apparent. This is also the flavor that comes across first - aged, candied citrus (orange, grapefruit, tangerine), dried fruits (apricot, peach, plum). The flavor then rounds out with plenty of caramelized malt, raw turbinado sugar, and hints of light tobacco, vanilla, tanin (like red wine), and caramel sauce. The finish tastes like carmelized golden raisins. I can tell that this was made in the American-style event though much of the hoppiness and bitterness has subsided. That’s okay though because I prefer the more malty and sweet English-style barleywines and this beer is tending to lean that way now. The alcohol content of this beer is completely hidden, but after a few sips, it is already starting to warm me up inside! It also has a thick, full body that coats the palate and is creamy and mellow. There is only a little bit of carbonation left, but the shimmering bubbles are as fine as nitrogen. Overall I am pleased with this beer. It has aged well and is well-worth trying, but it really isn’t worth the $10/bottle (12 fl. oz.) that they are charging for it. For that price or less I can get other, superior beers such as DFS WWS, DFS 120 Minute, Avery Samael’s, Avery Mephistopheles Stout, etc. I know that this beer probably involved quite a bit of malt and hops, but the high price seem unwarranted.
12 fl. oz. bottle (12% Alc. by Vol) from The Brew Keeper in North Ridgeville, Ohio. Rating #37 for this beer.
Cletus (6322) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 7, 2009
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bomber brewed in 2008. Pours brown with tan head. Smells of earth, yeasty. Tastes cloyingly sweet and tarte and boozy.
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - JUN 14, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep amber color with tiny light tan head. Aroma with lots of caramel, apple, raisens, oak. Flavor is malty, chewy, with raisens, caramel, vanilla. Finish is balanced.
Odeed (1774) - Bakersfield, California, USA - MAY 21, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
(2008 bottle from miketd)rusty red body with a white head that leaves nice webbing on the glass.the aroma is a mix of oranges,cotton candy,belgian sugar,and brown sugar.flavor is much of the same with a slight lemony finish.
hopdog (8443) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 12, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle acquired in trade with goryshkewych (thanks!). 2008 vintage. Poured a deep amberish color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of earthiness, nutty, caramel, some citrus, and woody. Tastes of toffee, caramel, brown sugar, dark fruits, nutty, earthy, and citrus. Medium alcohol in the finish (but not 11% as my bottle is labled).
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 3, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. bottle - thanks to Sammy for the trade; i have s soft spot for the label as years ago i stood in the exact same spot to take the exact same photo of the Tetons; pours clear, reddish amber; aromas of yeast, sugar and prunes; intoxicating mixture of sugars and fruit; soft, lovely texture; very smooth; killer stuff; 50th BW rating in a row MF’ers!! hahaha
AmEricanbrew (5512) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - APR 22, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2008 Bottle from Miketd. Deep copper/red color with a tan head. Nice yeasty earthy spicy sweet pit fruit aromas. Very smooth mrdium body. Good pit fruit sweet flavors with light roasty nuts and spicy alcohol. Drys out some in the finish.
after4ever (5845) - Brier, Washington, USA - APR 20, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22. Thanks, BVC! Pours a crystal clear rubied medium amber. Headless. Laceless. Legless. Nice fruity nose with dark orange citric overtones. Creamy, medium body. Caramel and biscuit mid-palate. Balanced, sweet, approachable, drinkable.
MrBunn (2373) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 12, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a deep ruby brown with very little head... a few stranded bubbles huddled against the side of the glass. Aromas are very nice... quite a bit of sweet malt and dark fruit. Flavor is great. A lovely mix of caramel and toffee malt with raisins, figs and prunes. Mouthfeel is pretty thin and alcohol is fairly obvious, but doesn’t hurt my feelings.
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - APR 12, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
CPLYFO 09. Pours a hazy deep amber with a nice lasting thin head. Aroma is sweet caramel, toffee, molasses, big crystal malts, and fruity esters with a leathery earthy hop character. Earthiness comes through a bit more in the flavor- herbs as well- heather tips and grass- still good big sweetness, toffee, fruity esters- figs raisin and orange marmalade. Finish is ok, with a bit of alcohol burn.