FlacoAlto (4100) - 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.
adnielsen (10312) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 21, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle @ Steve’s Foco. Thanks to Art for sharing. Murky darkish orange appearance with a white head. Tropical fruit, pineapple, fresh wood, vanilla, and coconut aroma. A little goopy, thick mouth feel. Pretty fruity, mango, pineapple, tannic, light white grape flavor. A touch sweet. Not all that boozy. Fine.
kevinator (1730) - The Colony, Texas, USA - JUN 22, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Another great offering from the series. This had been cellared a while as I also had one about 6 months ago. I can say this continues to age well. Subtle oak and sweet malt aroma. Cloudy light amber color with a small head. Smooth and oily palate that coats the tongue. Nice overall blend of malts, fruits, oak, caramel, alcohol and a slight bitterness that added some spice. Too bad it’s a one-time thing.
Maltser85 (358) - Fargo, North Dakota, USA - MAY 18, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
This was probably tremendous fresh, but that wasn’t the case here. Thanks to Jcoppin for the bottle share. Aroma of sweet malt and a nuttiness, almost hazelnut. Creamy vanilla notes. Taste is sweet, malty and overwhelming vanilla and oak. An indescribable nuttiness to it. Still good, just not what it was meant to be.
RobertDale (4741) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - MAR 5, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber at a bottle share. Pours a clear amber with a nice off-white head. Aroma of fruit, malt, and wood. Taste is tropical fruit, caramel malt, spice, and wood. Nice hop presence. Nice.
BOSSbrewer (2706) - Arkansas, USA - JAN 18, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Had at the BGoA Winter tasting. Aroma is malty and sweet. Lots of caramel and bourbon barrel. Pours dark yellow. And hazy. Somewhat sweet. Nice beer.
freeofthoughts (688) - Raytown, Missouri, USA - DEC 15, 2013
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours an unclear dark gold burnt orange with cream fizz. Big aroma of oak, vanilla, tropical fruits. The flavor is musty grains with a rounded fresh oak flavor and quirky tropical bouquet. The carbonation and fruits make the brew very bright, but the oak and grains make it extremely earthy and grounded which balances in it’s own way. It is pretty unique and tasty, nice lingering after taste of musty fruits and oak.
bhensonb (13228) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 22, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 c&c from Wine and Cheese in Clayton, MO. Pours clear orange/amber with a slight beige head. Aroma is tropical fruit. Not strong tho. Med _ body. Flavor is woody, tropical and light stone fruits, toffee, and it coalesces into oaky astringency. Pretty tasty.
marcus (8302) - Sacramento, California, USA - OCT 21, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by bhensonb. Pours orange copper with a small beige head and a fruit and alcohol aroma. There is a hearty toffee flavor enhanced with lots of oak and an unusual hoppy finish, apparently the Mosaic influence. Very nice.
5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - SEP 20, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle:   Muddy in color, moderate to large foamy sandy head, nice lacing.   Syrupy sweet nose, lots of oak,
some dank candied citrus peel.   Not as sweet on the tongue, oakish, dank citrus peel and pith.   Could stand to be
sweeter, more candied to balance the slight dryness of this one.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate.   Could stand
to be brighter overall.   The oak aging provides a nice background, but the maltiness with the candied citrus peel
needs to be a bit more bright.   Strong, yet a bit dull at times.   Decent beer tho.   Hides the 10% ABV well!
madmitch76 (20074) - , Essex, ENGLAND - SEP 14, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2nd February 2013
Cloudy brown beer, very big cream coloured head. Palate is airy and mildly crisp. Fresh vanilla wood. medium sweet. Mild malt cream and minerals. Hops are very nice - lime and pine with lesser peach, apricot and other tropical fruits. Mild fresh hop sting and the hops are turn a little grassy. Finishes crispy. The abv is very well hidden in this sumptuous treat of an oak aged beer. Gorgeous.