Ibrew2or3 (5761) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - NOV 16, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Courtesy of tpd975. Thanks again, you rock!!!! Pours clear deep copper with tall rocky tan head. The mild aroma has deep sweet maltiness, some dark fruity esters and a muted pine hop note. Overall a mild aroma for the style. The taste is malt and pine hops before sweet sweet caramel malts and very dark fruity esters rise up and take over the flavor. The taste is pretty bold but lacks the full dark fruity esters and caramel depth of an English styled barleywine and lacks the hops to be an American or west coast version. So it is in the middle and tasting pretty darn nice.
sebletitje (5416) - Enghien, BELGIUM - OCT 22, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma, fruity (remidned me of kiwi).hops and caramel malts.
Taste, caramel malts, grains, some roastiness, light chocolate malts.
Fruity taste is closer to some sweet dark fruits.
fishingnet (1047) - Brandon, Florida, USA - OCT 22, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of tpd975. Pours amber with a large light tan head that leaves good lacing. Aroma of sweet malt, caramel, dark fruit, and floral hops. Taste is the same as aroma. Medium mouthfeel with a moderate amount of bitterness and smooth alcohol. Very good.
jrob21 (2011) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 12, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle back from Bruisin’ Ales. Murky reddish brown color with a decent fizzy tan head that lasts for a while. Smooth, malty bw that is not hopped up but still tasty. Raisin and molasses aromas with a bit of caramel and floral hops in there to balance. Well carbonated, medium bodied beer. Finish is a little bitter and alcoholic. Before that though you get some plum and raisin flavors. Would expect a little more body and malt backing from a bw but this one is pretty good and relatively easy to drink.
glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 20, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
thanks to bitbucket tasting. Hazy brown w/ medium head. Lightly sweet caramel malts and more citrus hops than expected. Very solid.
Hophead22 (2742) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - SEP 18, 2008
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml bottle from trade with TURDFERGUSON. Poured a murky dark brown, with a tan head. Big rich maltiness, very aromatic. Slight harshness in the front, very bubbly. Nice overall, glad to get my hands on a bottle.
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 15, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml bottle @ liquid sunshine tasting - thanks to riversideak; clear, light amber with big tan head; no carbonation in body though; aromas of mainly sugar and alcohol; lots of texture and a earthy feel to it; dry and sweet finish
randomgarbage (1320) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - AUG 26, 2008
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Thanks to joey for this "gem". Also serious thanks to I do believe KP for bonusing thing brew! brown/red pour with a thin off white head. brow sugar and earth aroma. flavor is more sugar...compost, earth, caramel, booze. Good amount of carbonation in the finish. Just not my thing.
SSSteve (3379) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 25, 2008
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
murky brown with excellent lined lacing under a big creamy beige head. aroma of caramel, alcohol, citrus hops, and some sour green apple. flavor sweetens up a bit with brown sugar, caramel, peppery spiciness, hints of alcohol . very carbonated which gives it a distracting foamy mouthfeel.
Miver (609) - Silver Spring, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 13, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Shared by someone at Glimmerglass pre BCTC ’08. (Sam?) Thanks! Poured hazy brown with a very thin tan head. Aroma is sweet caramel and some sweet dark fruits. Tastes of dark fruits, sweet caramel, mild citrus hops, and sweet sticky mouth feel. Hides the alcohol quite well.