maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 27, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2011 Bottle at the 5th Annual Richmond Industry Gathering on 11/28/2010. Slightly hazy brown body with a thin off-white head. Tart fruit and caramel aroma. Tart fruit, caramel and cherry flavor. Medium body with moderate carbonation.
7/4/8/3/15 - 3.7
Bottle on 11/30/2008 at the 3rd Annual Richmond Industry Gathering. Dark brown body wtih a small frothy light brown head. Big spice and molassas aroma with some rasins. Dark rum soaked fruit, some caramel, molassas and yeast. Medium full body with low carbonation. 7/4/7/3/15 - 3.6
Bottle at RBSG2008 Grand Tasting on 08/02/2008. Cloudy dark brown body with a small white head. Big caramel and molassa aroma. Slightly sour caramel and molassas flavor. Medium full body with low carbonation. 7/4/6/3/13 - 3.3
crowderm (382) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 19, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a deep dark reddish brown. Small head. Looks kind of like wine, definitely smells like wine. Flavor is similar to purple drank. Plums, cherry, wood, chemicals. Mouthfeel = wine. Pretty good, but kind of bizarre.
hillfiiiiire (323) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 19, 2008
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a dark hue with a minimal white head. Aroma is quite nice with hints of oak, cherry, and some sour notes. Flavor is a bit dead though. It’s sweet and tart and doesn’t resemble a barley wine at all, probably due to the wine barrels. It seems very confused as to what it is, a sour or barley wine, and I think it just hurts it in the long run. Finishes with thin carbonated body. Seems like it had the possibility to be a really good sour though.
ketchepillar (1184) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - SEP 19, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very very wine-like. Oaky, currants, tart, some chocolate. This beer is a mess and not really a beer. Like cranberry and cherry juice.
IMtheOptimator (1164) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - SEP 13, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a deep mahogany with a very small off-white head. Somewhat faint aroma of oak, chocolate, and some acidic grape fruitiness. Flavor follows and is surprisingly tart with some notes of oak and current, with a touch of cherry and grape. Lightly carbonated body. Unusual, though I expected as much from the Italians, and though wasn’t bad, I’m not dissuaded from enjoying more traditional barley wines more.
JorisPPattyn (9472) - Ursel, BELGIUM - SEP 9, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black beer, with greige head. Coffee, oak, wood lactic, fruit, vinous and milk chocolate. Beautiful flavour, with all the former aromas repeated in the taste. Very mild lactic acid. Well oily, full bodied, alcohol warming. Beautiful, refined product.
Floback (550) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - AUG 21, 2008
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle from Knightly Spirits. Pours a dark brown/black coffee color with no head. This has an incredibly effervescent aroma of fruits, caramel, and old room. Flavors are sour and chocolatey, yet robust with caramel and oak wood. Very wine-like with notes of pinot noir, cranberry, blueberry, and pomegranate. Medium/low carbonation and full body. Very complex and nicely balanced carbonation with the body. Alcohol content is hidden well. An excellent brew.
Pailhead (6405) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - AUG 16, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: The aroma is very vinous with notes of sweet and tart cherries along with some chocolate and faint oak. It pours brown with some red highlights when held to the light. It has a small beige head that diminishes almost instantly. The flavor starts with a light mixture of chocolate and caramel and then turns light-moderately vinous. The finish has mild cherry and grape tartness along with some light oak. Medium bodied with minimal carbonation.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - AUG 8, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
RBSG ’08: Poured a dark brown color that looked like a glass of cola. Beige head. Tart fruity cherry aroma aand flavor with a mix of spices thrown in. The body was lighter than I expected.
bdigital (658) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - AUG 7, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle: Courtesy of pepsican...thanks Andy. I don’t think I’ve ever had anything quite like this...the pour looked like some of the finest balsamic vinegar ever and the aroma was sic. Big vinous notes with some dark malts, raisins, black cherries. There seems to be a very subtle vanilla and oak tone going on but the wine-like qualities pretty much overpower them. Lightly carbonated...dry, medium body. Starts slightly sweet and wine-like and then morphs into a dark, malty, fruity finish that has notes of chocolate and oak showing through. Fine brew.