FlacoAlto (3506) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 9, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle 04686, Date of August 2012; Sampled June 2013
A steady pour into my teku glass produces a four finger thick, light tan colored head that falls with a varied surface and leaves some light lacing on the sides of my glass that gets thicker as I go through subsequent pours. The beer is a rich amber color that shows an absolutely brilliantly clear, rust tinged, gem-like amber hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of hoppy tropical fruit, Meyer lemon zest, some peppery spice character, and an earthy, woodiness towards the finish. The hops character is dominant here, but there is a supporting toasted / caramelized maltiness (only just noticeable), as well as a spice accentuating, and herbal inducing oak woodiness to the nose as well. The oak is sort of subtle overlay to the hop character.
Up front there is lots of notes of tangelo, and lychee, but the finish too has linger hop character with additional guava notes as well as a firm bitterness, an anchoring toasted / softly-caramelized malt character, and a toasted woodiness that gets a touch spicy in the long finish. The hop character is quite juicy and fragrantly tasty. The oak character is quite well integrated with the hop character, it adds a woody, spicy base character here, and really just integrates well with the fruity hop notes; there is also a softer butterscotch character that boosts, accentuates, and integrates quite well with the tropical fruit hop character. The body is rich, viscous, with an ample heft to it; definitely on the chewy side of the spectrum, but I don’t get the feeling that it is cloying.
This is quite a nice beer, part of that is that this is quite a bit more tasty and hoppy than I was expecting. The wood character really is quite well integrated with the dominant hop character, and still allows the juicy hop-fruit character to come through. A fantastic hoppy Barleywine with a supporting oak character. Despite my prior ratings, this is probably my favorite of the series so far.
camborne (341) - Hopkins, Minnesota, USA - APR 29, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Fruity nose. Sour and ripe fruit. Some oak. Sweet and sour beer. Glad I tried it but miss the hops.
boFNjackson (3629) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 14, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle @ a recent bottle share... Cloudy orange-ish with an easy forming eggy head. This was one of the highlights of the tasting. Floral and perfumey, the Mosaic hops shined here. Nice bready malt balance, and not too sweet. Not too bitter either. Super balanced, nice drinking beer. Light tropical fruits and some yeast esters came through too.
bu11zeye (11262) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JAN 29, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(750ml bottle) Pours a cloudy dark orange body with a medium off-white head. Aroma of mango, papaya, guava, pineapple, celery, and passion fruit. Flavor of pineapple, guava, mango, oak, vanilla, toffee, and almonds.
arminjewell (4205) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 13, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pour on tap at the CO rare beer tasting 2012, pour out of 750 mL bottle is hazy dark orange with white head, aroma brought notes of biscuit, bread, hints of earth, grain, nice oak notes, the hops come through well with some tropical kiwi, pineapple notes, hints of a grassy tone as well. Taste is a nice mix of grape, oak, hints of tropical fruit with some mango and kiwi, slight pineapple, hints of biscuit, bread, finishing very dry, slightly bitter. Tasty, but price prohibitive.
radagast83 (3128) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JAN 9, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle provided by Travlr. Thanks Gene! Poured a reddish-amber color with a medium sized off-white head. Aroma is some malty notes, sweet brown sugar, touch of dried fruits, woody notes, some alcohol.
GT2 (5810) - Jurupa Valley, California, USA - JAN 6, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
750mL thanks to Travlr. Pours a full haze deep orange, thick buttermilk foam. Nose is tomato, pepper, lemon, basil, fresh garden. Taste is tomato, celery, iron, sugar. Palate aerated, minerally. Infected or not was intended.
Huhzubendah (2005) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 6, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Shared by Travlr. Thanks Gene. The beer is orange to light copper colored with a fizzy white head. High carbonation evident. The aroma offers malt, oak, citrus, alcohol. The flavor is malty, earthy. Abundant oak throughout, even tannic. Notes of vanilla, nectarines. Overall, this was ok, but just too woody for my tastes.
Thorpe429 (4945) - , Illinois, USA - JAN 6, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Thanks, Gene. Nose has some amber malt and light bread. Touch of caramel. Fairly heavy carbonation. Pretty dry.
argo0 (10419) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 5, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
75cl bottle, thanks Travlr. Medium beige head. atop murky amber body. Aroma is moderately sweet, vanilla, coconut, some mango. Taste is moderately sweet, vanilla, some Bourbon, oak. Medium-full body, light resin.