DavoleBomb (1487) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 9, 2011
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured into a snifter. 2011 vintage. Lovely presentation. Thick copper colored wax with an insignia stamped into the wax covering the cap.
4.5 A: Clear or nearly clear medium to dark brown color. Two fingers of beige, frothy/creamy hybrid head. Retention is very good given the ABV and lacing is bountiful. Good looking brew.
4.5 S: This smells like tobacco with caramel and toffee drizzled all over it. Behind that there is plum, prune, raisin, and a light spiciness. Light toastiness and brown sugar. Hops are barely detectable, but offer a touch of earthiness. Booze is very well hidden. Rich and decadent.
3.5 T: This is a lot like the nose, only a bit weaker overall. Caramel, toffee, and tobacco are the strongest flavors again with the same secondary flavors. More toastiness than the nose. Booze is again well hidden. The problem is that right now this is way too bitter, especially for this being an English b-wine. Still, itís not bad.
4.0 M: Heavier medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Reasonably creamy, though the bitterness reduces the smoothness slightly.
3.5 D: The sweetness to bitterness balance is tilted heavily toward bitterness. This might have been the design for all I know though. I heard this ages well and would the strong bitterness now will prevent this from getting cloying down the road. Anyway, this is a decent drink fresh. I have another bottle, so I might check it out again a few years down the road.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 08-07-2011 19:26:36
jake65 (2809) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 4, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Dark amber pour with a creamy beige head. Not much in the nose apart from citrus and floral hops with a little hint of sweetness. Nice rich presence of malts, caramel and chocolate, with a lingering floral hoppiness. Drinkable now and potential to age...
ChainGangGuy (4474) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - AUG 27, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance: Pours a deep, deep, dark mahogany body with a goodly foamy, yellow-beige head.
Smell: Sweetish scent of toasted sugars, toasted barley, and a mix of dark fruits and berries with an underlying note of sturdy English hops.
Taste: Commences with a big sweetness, though not overly sweet, and with a toasted maltiness, faintly nutty, and, in the distance, a very, very small hint of roast. Splash of liquor. Dark fruits. Spicy, earthy hops with ample bitterness. Bittersweet on the drying, warming finish.
Mouthfeel: Full-bodied. Medium carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel.
Overall: This one kinda makes me think of an Imperial Irish Red Ale, though maybe Iím taking too much away from the word "Irish". Decent flavor, though the appearance and texture were quite nice.
craftbeerdesign (2204) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 24, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
tasting on 8/20/11. deep amber / copper color with a thin off white head. light sweet caramel nose. medium to full body with orange, caramel, grapes, apple, raisin... very sweet finish with more dark fruits.
Drake (9932) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - AUG 6, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Served on draft at the brewpub on 4/7/11. Pours a slightly hazy reddish brown color with a medium sized creamy tan head. Good head retention and lacing. Aroma of toffee and citrus hops. The taste is toffee, citrus hops, caramel, nutty notes and a bitter finish. Medium-full bodied.
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - AUG 4, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Thanks to a generous BA for providing this growler at the Friday night pre-BA Sexual Chocolate tasting. Served in a Foothills sampler glass.
Pours dark brown with a short tan head that quickly recedes to a thin collar. The nose brings some light whiskey character along with caramel and a bit of booze. Nothing much else than that. This is especially apparent in the flavor, which unfortunately tastes mostly like watered-down whiskey and doesnít have malt or other backing. Light to medium body without too much booze, which is fairly impressive. Decent enough overall, but Iíd rather stick with some of their other beers.
Serving type: growler
tia (1054) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - AUG 1, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Iím going to give this a Yum! Reached blindly into the (wine) cellar and pulled this out. Never had it before, but really enjoyed it. Not my usual big hoppy beer, but big nonetheless. Pretty reddish brown. Smells like wheat bread cookiní (amongst other things). Dried fruit, roasty, boozy. Fairly full-bodied.
Nate (3800) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 21, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Appalachian Vintner. Nice mellow hop aroma on top of malty sweetness. Toast, biscuit, light fruity character. Some oak, vanilla, and brown sugar. Caramel and alcohol. Dark copper brown clear with foamy lacing light tan head. Medium-heavy watery body with medium-low carbonation. Starts sweet with roasted grain, brown sugar, and caramel. Alcohol and light carbonic tang. Nutty bittersweet hop finish with some neutral fruity warming in the after. Nice ale.
bluebetty (1019) - AUSTRALIA - JUN 18, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to fletchfighters. Pours a nice mahogany with decent ligh tan coloured head. aromas of dark fruits and treacle. Flavours are much the same. Quite sweet up front. Alcohol balances a little near the end, Fullish mouthfeel.
NachlamSie (2880) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 15, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at, then from a bomber purchased from Appalachian Vintner. What an interesting brew from Olde Hickory. There is a lot going on here. It seems like some whiskey in involved due to the rich vanilla and oak flavor and aroma on this one. There is a fair amount of roastiness and a rich cherry fruitiness imparted in the flavor. Palate is thick and suitable. This has some typical barley wine notes of molasses and wood, but Olde Hickory has made something much more interesting while maintaining the feel of the style. No hop character is of any consequence. I hate aging beers, but this one might actually be intriguing.