dnstone (2049) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - APR 15, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours golden-orange-amber in color with nice white head. Strong malty-syrupy-sweet aroma and taste; a chewy full body with hints of earthy hops towards the finish.
Notes: 2011 bottle opened Apr ’12
docsteigs (493) - Texas, USA - APR 3, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice aroma of sweet fruit, doughy, some honey, mild hops. Pour very nice rich head and orange-amber brew. Taste is nicely balanced strong ale with nice bitter finish.
BigSound (194) - New York, USA - MAR 17, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
An aggressive pour rendered about an inch head that sat atop this cloudy burnt orange brew.
The aroma is very mild for what I normaly encounter in an American barleywine, even after letting the brew warm up for awhile. I do get a slightly warm aroma of malt, a bit of sweet fruit and carmalised sugar.
Taste is sweet with a suprising bitterness. The same carmalised sugars from the nose are apparent in the taste. I am surprised by the hoppy bitterness on this 3 year old beer. As the beer continues to warm the bitterness fades alittle and a sweet malty flavor starts to shine. Mouth feel is pretty warm with a bright carbonation, and a warm and bitter finish.
Tmoney99 (9641) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 15, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by B3C. Poured clear copper color with an average off-white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate to heavy dark fruit aroma. Moderate to full smooth sticky texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy balanced flavor to medium sweet finish of moderate duration. My expectations where met with a complex beer.
GTCruiser01 (105) - California, USA - MAR 12, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a clear, deep red with a decent off-white head that dissipates fairly quickly. Plenty of lacing though. Lots of pine with other wood notes. Some earthy sweetness comes through as well. Pine and spicy wood notes dominate with some malt sweetness coming through in the finish. Very well-balanced.
Beerenberger (1117) - Fischer, Texas, USA - MAR 11, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This was a 2008 brew. Beautiful unfiltered apple cider color with a smooth, full bodied taste. Slightly sweet but well ballanced.
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dzimm27 (135) - - MAR 5, 2012
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Heavy malty nose, orange/brown body. Thick, sweet, malty. Hops are well behind the malt profile, only hit the back of your mouth. Hops seem a bit at odds with the malty profile, don’t blend as well as you would hope. Good but not great.
brew3crew (166) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 2, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2007 vs 2008. Carmel body with no head. Np signs of infection. Smells like sweet caramel. I think I like the 08 more. More sweetness and character.
jbeatty (850) - New York, USA - FEB 28, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, 2011 vintage, 02/28/2012. Pours nice orange amber, weak head quickly fades to splotches on the surface. Aroma fruity and malty with orange, thick toffee, toasted malts, earthy hop resins in the finish. Taste has stronger caramel, slight roast to the malt character, fruitiness blends into resinous pine hoppy finish, satisfying bitterness. Medium palate, coats the tongue for a long aftertaste, alcohol not very apparent. Really quite enjoyable.
PGHbeer77 (563) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 30, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. 2011 Edition. Trade from Jamil. The aroma was a strong fruitiness, raisons and pineapples, along with a very hoppy presence, a sweet ending. The appearance was a cloudy burnt orange with little head, half an inch at most, dissolving to a white ring, and very light lacing. The palate was sticky and fizzy to the tongue with a light body. The bitter hop taste hit first followed by a nuttiness mixed with malt, sweet citrus, and raison, and a sweet pineapple finish. Warm finish, but almost zero alcohol presence, which astounded me considering the ABV.