EithCubes (5088) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 13, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
If memory serves, this corked-and-caged 750 was from dchmela circa October 2008, had here mid-March 2010. Smells like a barleywine, thatís for sure. Huge, huge caramel notes, big but dulled Ami hops. Dark copper pour with a lacing, sudsy beige head. Taste is lightly bitter, lightly sweet, well-attenuated, though, some butterscotch. Faint plum and almost some ash in the back. Fully nearly-syrup body, aftertaste is moderately dry. Thereís some good complexity here, and certainly some nice intensity, but itís hard to rate this in the upper echelon, as Iím already tired of it after about eight ounces. Alcohol is well under control, at least.
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - JAN 18, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
April 2008 bottle. Caramelized grain aroma, this sample from the bottom of the bottle is murky and dark brown. Smooth and rich, little sharp alcohol, mostly creamy caramel with a waxy finish.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 15, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle from April 2008. Iíd heard this one was wicked hot to start out, and Iím glad I waited on it because this is a nice, mellow English-style barleywine. Murky amber pour with a medium creamy head. The nose is still rather sharp, with some hop bite and a touch of sweet heat. Toffee and a bit of molasses lead things off in the taste, which soon settles into a firmly malty BW with a nice mix between the brown sugar and the grit of the hops. Smooth and dangerously drinkable, I enjoyed this one.
hopdog (9189) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 27, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle acquired in trade with NachlamSie (thanks!). Poured a mdeper and cloudy amber color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of dark fruits, some citrus, nutty, and caramel. Tastes of nuttiness, caramel, dark fruits, brown sugary, and chocolate. Alcohol content overall well hidden.
swoopjones (6211) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 17, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle. April 2008. Pours a slight murky amber brown, sweet rich malty aroma, brown sugar notes. Lacking richness of an English BW & hoppyness of an American BW. Higher carbonation than expected. OK
rudolf (2342) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 13, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, thanks Mike! Amber body, white head. Nose is honey, older hops, a bit of malt. Flavor is honey malts, a bit of roast, cocoa, alcohol.
TheEpeeist (3400) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 20, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
25.4 oz bottle. Clear, deep garnet brown that kicks up some bone froth. Nose is sweet red berries, toffee apple and a touch of grass. Medium light body, a tad thin, with a faint tingle. Taste is caramel, orange peel and rose water. Bitter pithy finish.
punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - SEP 18, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle dated April í08. Opaque ruby pour with a dense white head and good lace. Rich dark fruit aroma with molasses, sharp pine and wet oak. The flavor follows through from the aroma with a sweet honey finish. Sticky, medium-full body with soft carbonation.
masonjer (609) - Holt, Michigan, USA - SEP 14, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Metro Tasting. Poured a cloudy orange brown. Aroma is tangerine, dark fruits and sweet malt. Taste is caramel, orange, earthy dry hops, with a bitter finish. This was alright.
Perm (151) - Tryon, North Carolina, USA - SEP 8, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 mL (the only size bottle)
Appearance: Cloudy caramel-toffee brown with abundant antique-white, foamy, frothy head. Looks like carbonated madeira!
Aroma: A nose that tells a story! Toffee, caramel, vanilla, Old Library, hay, hop resin, violin rosin, dark chocolate, madeira.
Taste: A bit tangy and sharp, perhaps -- but this bottle is still in its infancy! This incipient sharpness leads into a smorgasbord of vinous delights. Lots of caramel, toffee, hop, and vanilla, with a sweet finish.
Palate: As the brew is still young, itís a bit hot, but a nice spritz on the tongue and throat.
Overall: Well-nuanced, well-balanced, really and truly excellent. I imagine this beer (I got two bottles just for this reason) will be stellar in a year or two. Good by itself, but I can imagine this next to creme brulee, dark chocolate, roasted almonds, or a pipe!
And kudos on the percentage donation to keeping the endangered Hellbender salamander in our midst.
Who says organic beerís no good? This stuff is tip-top.