kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - OCT 1, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
500mL bottle, courtesy of shp555 at the pre-BA Alesmith Release Wait and Taste. Thanks, Steven! Pours a hazy, dark brown color; light tan head with good retention and lacing. Piney and citrus hop aroma; biscuit, wet malt notes. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: earthy, resiny hop character with an excellent biscuity maltiness; this should be even better with a bit of age; medium candy sugar and earthy hop finish.
SSSteve (3831) - - SEP 30, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
this is different. pours thick and black like a stout with a huge creamy brown head. nice fine bubbled lacing. aroma is heavily hopped like a 2ipa. i don’t even noticed roasted ingredients in aroma. the flavor is really hoppy with tons of caramel and some chocolate in the aftertaste. what an odd beer. really rich and creamy. great head.
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - SEP 29, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Steve (shp555) originally brought this to trade, but then generously offered it to us to taste in line for the 07 Alesmith BA release. Thanks Steve! Dark amber color. Fine bubble head. Sweet (I like sweet). A tiny bit of hotness, possibly from a higher temp fermentation. Still pretty good. Medium to heavy body. 3.9-4.0.
Odeed (1787) - Bakersfield, California, USA - SEP 29, 2007
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
(sampled in line @ ba alesmith release)someone told me this was a barley-wine when they handed me the sample.and i think they were right.super malty with loads of alcohol in the flavor.
BelgiskOlklub (922) - Viby J, DENMARK - SEP 29, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
50 cl. bottle. Surprisingly good, dark brown beer with minimal white head and some sediment i the bottle. You don’t taste the 10 % alcohol, which is good. Well composed and a long bitter finish.
WeeHeavySD (3359) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - SEP 29, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 24, 2007 labeled as barleywine, sipped end of the bottle from Odeed @ Alesmtih BA release. pretty damn tasty can’t say it seems at all like a double IPA, but then again I had a nip. Had a better taste @ Glouglouburp’s place at a tasting. Sweet hoppy nice.
drewbeerme (3879) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 28, 2007
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2007 500ml bottle, labeled as a Barleywine. pours dark with a hint of red in it. pours creamy frothy tan head. nose just doesn’t seem that fresh, must have taken too long to get to chicago, well it’s not that hoppy at this point, some alcohol coming through, very nutty, caramelly, plums, charred wood, and some roast. there still some piney and citrus hop notes but really faded. i’m really not into the nose of this thing. flavor is nicely spiced, pleasantly bitter, with big caramel malt back bone, along with hints of chocolate, roast, dark fruits, and PNW hops. this actually reminds me a lot of decadence 06, however not quite as good. body is rich and creamy, and alcohol is noticed a bit too much in the taste and finish. nogne does carbonation really well. it’s too bad the hops are past their prime but I think this would age really nice.
TorbenH (891) - Frederikshavn, DENMARK - SEP 24, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Average creamy light brown head, mostly diminishing. Red/brown body. Medium to full body. Heavy bitter flavor. Cirtus aroma.
saxo (14158) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - SEP 21, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Nice tan head with excellent duration. Color is black. Aroma and taste are hops, roast malt, coffee and chocolate.
DocLock (8054) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 20, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Capone’s. Dark brown pour with a huge khaki head, although the head size may have been artificially inflated due to apparent unintentional bottle agitation. At any rate, this one looks great. Also, I am done with stylistic arguments, but this one is a lot more like a hoppy porter than a barleywine. It is actually a bit Alpha Klausy, with a heavy hop bill, a rich, complex palate, and flavor notes of roasty dark malt, big hops, chocoff, molasses, and some dark fruit. The fruit takes a back seat to the malt and hops, both in aroma and flavor. This one is yet another winner from Nogne, one of my current favorite brewers.