drowland (5890) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - MAR 5, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
1/17/14. Bottle shared by a generous soul at Proof during a visit with the old gang. Dark brown pour with a small khaki head, some rubies in there. Nutty caramel and dark fruit aroma, reminds of earth and wood. Sweet flavor, nutty, dark fruits, brown sugar. Tasty enough.
Terminus (3084) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - FEB 27, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at flying saucer in st louis
pours deep orange with a soapy white head and great lacing. Nosebis very floral and fruity. Flavors are very fruity floral no alcohol heat.. Not very complex but not very exciting. Long floral finish lots of sweetness. Decent yet not all that exciting.
jimhilt (2370) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 23, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a five finger, off-white head that fades slowly and leaving a good lace. Hazy amber color. Good carbonation, medium bodied. Tart fruit nose and flavor is sweet, spicy/tart fruit, high ABV is hidden, smooth finish. Pricey at $14.00 for a caged & corked 750ml bottle from Tully’s Beer and Wine Wells, Me.
rbrazell (1403) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - FEB 3, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Shared at Proof.Ruby colored our with a small white head. Sweet caramel, nutty and toffee aroma with touches of dark fruits and cherry. Flavor is similar and sticky sweet with some resiny hops in the back end. Not bad.
brenn79 (1411) - Idaho, USA - JAN 31, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml corked n’ caged bottle- Pours hazy deep golden with a one finger white head. Aroma is sweet malt, cherries, hops, nice not overbearing. The taste is pretty much the same, there is a peach or mango flavor that really sweetens things up, fairly smooth for a barley wine. Body is medium high and carbonation is prickly and higher than usual for the style. I did enjoy this, this really isn’t my style though.
Tortman18 (170) - Batavia, Illinois, USA - JAN 27, 2014
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a dark ruby/amber with a very thin cap of mocha head. A lot of sticky lacing and some carbonation. Nose is very typical of a barley wine. A lot of dark fruits and caramel with some hops and bread. Mouth is identical. Very pungent but also slightly sweet. Some roast was present. Nothing special here.
daknole (8327) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JAN 25, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brown color with a sticky tan head. A mix of sweet caramel, toffee, brown sugar had then some good strong hops. Resinous notes.
addison87 (3) - dallas, USA - JAN 20, 2014 does not count
2.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 7/20
I am sure that I just tasted a bad keg, because everything I have heard about this beer made it sound amazing but I had a glass of it at the Flying Saucer in Addison, TX and it tasted so normal that I thought they had tapped the wrong beer. They had not. It was sitting back there for about 6 months aging and I guess it just doesn’t age well? It went down very smooth, though and it was strong, I will give it that much. I will try to find a bottle of it to give it another shot. Hopefully I just got a dud keg.soft carbonation,
Aurelius (3844) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JAN 18, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Great, big bomber, good label. Mostly clear, dilute tea color, thin white head. Fruity AIPA aroma. Hot hops up front, woody caramel, sweet. Aipa on ’roids. Bottle @ the drowland-Tallahassee Winter Homecoming 2014 @ Proof. Thanks to the mystery donor.
OKplus (787) - Oklahoma, USA - JAN 18, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750ml bottle served in a snifter
This one is fairly fresh. Lets call it: Vintage 2013
A - Pours a clear, light amber with 2 fingers of tightly knit white foam. Good retention melts into a solid cap of micro bubbles.
S - Soft and clean green hops, doughy biscuity malt, strawberries, alcohol, honey, cereal grains
T - Leafy green/citrus hops and a sweet candy fruitiness upfront. There’s a honey tea-like quality that sticks to the tongue. Sweet pale malts are simple and are surrounded by pine and orange peel bitterness. Papaya and apricot fruit come to mind. Some peppery bitterness comes out toward the finish. The bitterness is pronounced but in a thin, oily way. The sweet tries to emerge but the hops do a nice job of balancing out the malts. Finishes with citrus, perfume, and leafy green overtones.
M - Light side of medium body, well carbonated, lush feel, semi-dry finish.
I like seeing the breweries paying respect to old recipes. Going back to some of the founding recipes of certain styles. That being said, I have know idea that this recipe even remotely resembles recipes of 1988. But, I’d like to think it does. I doubt it was as moderately hopped as this, but maybe it was. I enjoyed drinking this but the flavors seemed raw and young. I wonder how this would taste in 5 years?
Serving type: bottle