dcschiller (2153) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUN 8, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(sampled at Dakís memorial day tasting. Courtesy of beerbastard!!). Pours a hazy mahogany with a khaki head. Aroma has some caramel and grains. Taste is sweet with some bitterness. Medium bodied with a slick texture. Finish is slightly bitter. Pretty nice beer but not a tradition barleywine. Glad to have tried this one.
markwise (4089) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 2, 2011
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Thanks to Gillard for sharing this one at IBrew2or3ís going away party. Pours an amber color with an off-white head. Nose is biscuity malt, caramel, some brown sugar, and a bit of earthy hops. Flavor is similar with some sugar, some biscuity malt, and earthy hops. Medium-bodied and so-so overall.
bu11zeye (11740) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAY 11, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(22oz bottle, courtesy of Exiled) Pours a clear orange body with a medium cream head. Aroma of caramel, toffee, some oxidation notes, and mustiness. Flavor of brown sugar, oatmeal, caramel, raisins, toffee, and some oxidation.
Mora2000 (5104) - McKinney, Texas, USA - MAY 7, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle.
The beer pours an amber color with a white head. The aroma is sweet malt with some toffee mixed in. I donít really get any hop or alcohol notes in the aroma. The flavor is heavy on the brown sugar, alcohol, molasses and toffee. The alcohol is definitely present but is not overpowering. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
EHouse (170) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 28, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Root beer brown fills my glass with a head that reaches quick Bermuda triangulation. Smells of smoky molasses and tastes like a fig in heat. Big alcohol in the mouth feel that slowly fades into fig jam and malt with a spicy hop essence. Itís edges are a bit too sharp for my taste and would greatly improve from aging.
blutt59 (5868) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 23, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle, thanks to exiled, amber brown gold color with a malty cream of wheat aroma, flavors of dense creme brulee, creamy, maple
TheEpeeist (3047) - Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 19, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle. Clear garnet brown with brief froth. Rouses with a swirl. Nose is caramel, cinnamon toast, herbs and grass. Medium to full body with a soft sparkle. Taste is honey, kind of smoky, bitter greens and animal crackers with hints of sour cherry and red wine. A bit raw but smooth for the ABV.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - APR 16, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber, with about 6 months on it I would guess. The pour yields a hazy, dark, chestnut-amber body with hints of sienna and garnet. A moderately sized head of smooth, khaki tinted foam retains a nice, sharp edge, while the center deflates to a thin, patchy film. Splotches of torn, tissue-thin lacing are scattered across the glass, completing an attractive look. The nose is nicely balanced, marrying the lush maltiness of a British style barleywine with a fairly aggressive hop billing. Notes of dried fruitcake, fig, and dates are met with toasted nuts, browned biscuit, and crusty bread. Hints of marzipan and toffee are also prominent in the malt base. Hops are green and somewhat peppery, touching on orange rind, while a rummy sort of alcohol envelops the whole package. Flavors are similar in theme, though the hops push more to the forefront, further balancing the malts, and perhaps even moving past them for top billing. Again, green grass and bitter citrus peel bite into the tongue, as malty notes of toast, biscuit, and dried dark fruit rush in to sooth. Alcohol is potent, yet decently flavored with notes of fruity Belgian spice (from the yeast, no doubt). The palate is surprisingly void of excess cloying sugars, an incredible feat for a 13%+ beer, assisted by fine, lively carbonation and that parching Belgian yeast. As a result, itís not nearly as full as I thought it would be. Still, it drinks slow due to the alcohol burn. Good brew, but it is definitely young. Some oxidation would probably help out a bit.
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 6, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A - Pours a bright cloudy amber-brown color with a finger frothy of tan-brown head. The head has solid retention fading down to a layer lacing nicely on the glass.
S - Lots of sweet dark fruit and brown sugar. Booze fairly evident in the nose. There is also some nice oak and roasted notes.
T - Starts off with caramel malts and brown sugar sweetness. Some dark fruits in the background. Through the middle a touch of hops breaks through along with some stronger sweet dark fruits. Finish is blend of caramel malts, dark fruit, touch of oak and bread, and some alcohol taste that lingers a lot.
M - Medium-full bodied with moderate lively carbonation. Very full flavors and there is some clear alcohol flavor that warms the palate. Finishes a bit dry.
D - Very drinkable, which is remarkable considering the 13.5% abv. Tons of flavor but well balanced and never gets too sweet to alcoholic.
Butters (3562) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 25, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled over with brewengineer. Very fuity. Not too much alcohol heat. Smooth, but has some woody notes to it. Good stuff, but not like your typical bw