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, it’s 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 beer’s no good? This stuff is tip-top.
markwise (5195) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - AUG 15, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a clear amber with a khaki head. Nose is caramel, raisins, booze, figs, and sugar/ honey. Flavor starts off fizzy then comes in with caramel, hops , barleywine fruits, and finishes off with some more hops. Medium-bodied and somewhat fizzy. Nice BW.
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 14, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, about 18 months old. Pours deep clear copper with big beige head. Nose of hops, though no longer fresh, and not huge anyway. Malts are more bready and dry than sweet, which surprised me a bit. Some toffee and mild fruit as well as brown sugar. Some booze. Dry palate. Not bad, but not my favorite Pisgah offering.
AgentSteve (1647) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - AUG 10, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark caramel color with no head. Nose and flavor go as bit oxidized, but brown sugar and caramel also persist. Medium to full mouthfeel.
Lagunitasfan (1323) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 4, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Shared at DDG release. Orange/caramel color in the glass with off white head, lace, and ring. Chunkies suspended throughout. Nose is maly, vanilla, and spiciness. Taste is creamy and spicy sweet. Alcohol. More spice and bitterness as the glass is emptied.
IrishBoy (4112) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUL 17, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared on RBSG Tour Bus. Hazy rust with a small glass lacing beige head. Nose of berries, toffee, and oak. Flavor of hop bitterness, toffee, and alcohol.
fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - JUL 13, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 18, 2009 On RBSG 09 BUS. Thanks kp. Poured hazy brownish amber, caramel, citrus, wood, vanilla, dark fruits, little alcohol.
Beerona97 (2398) - Washington, USA - JUN 25, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy dark brown pour with a thick foamy beige head. Aroma of honey, berry and alcohol. Creamy texture with roast caramel and berry.
MmmcKay (1052) - Brentwood, Tennessee, USA - JUN 7, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tasting at Butters 6th cellar reduction. Brown sugar and alcohol. 2nd Barrios notes. Wish the spice notes came through a bit more. Little too much sugar here. Still smooth and easy to drink. Pretty tasty.
Butters (4047) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUN 7, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared at the 6th Cellar Reduction. Near clear dark purple with reddish highlights and some small floating particulate, and decent white head with fair lacing. Terrific plum, mild alcohol, rum soaked fruits, cherries, candied malt. Very excellent job of hiding the abv. Great label and name. Great barlywine.