Drake (9999) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JAN 4, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
2007 12 ounce bottle courtesy of mar. Thanks! Pours a hazy orangish brown color with almost no head. Aroma of toffee, caramel and citrus hop notes. Taste is toffee, big earthy and citrus hops and a cheesy note. Medium bodied.
hopscotch (9954) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 15, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 2, 2010 Bottle... Cloudy, apricot-colored ale witha small, fizzy, white head. Cotton candy and caramel nose with tropical fruit esters. The flavor is all candy and super sweet up front, followed closely by blinding alcohol and hop bitterness. Full-bodied and syrupy with lively carbonation. Lengthy, bitter, dry finish. Kudos to boboski for sharing this one!
adnielsen (9814) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 5, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle @ home. 2010 vintage. Cloudy, ruby orange appearance with a light brown head. Very rich, dark fruity, red plum, caramel, toffee, and booze in the nose. Very rich caramel malty, toffee, dark berry, piney hoppy, somewhat boozy flavor. Not bad but very rich and strong.
hopdog (9537) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 19, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottles. Whaleman brought over the ’03 and I popped open an ’05 acquired in trrade with (thanks!). Poured a medium amber (the ’03 was hazy and the ’05 was clear) with a small sized off white head. Aromas of caramel, toffee, citrus, and some dark fruits. The ’03 was definitely more caramelly (is that a word). Tastes of the same with some pine hops noted in the ’05 that was not in the ’03. Light alcohol burn in the finish. The ’03 wins.
Sammy (9249) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 11, 2009
1.9 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Small bottle, stored many months, gotten in a trade with the tradeable Texans. Barnyard alert! And a superfoamer. After that, medium yellow with white head, and lot of lace. But barnyard smell and somewhat dishrag and hops taste. Understated carbonation. 2007 edition.Drank most of it, for mouthfeel.
DJMonarch (9162) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - JUL 4, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample of 12 oz Bottle at Logan’s Pre GABF Party, Denver 10/10/2007
Thanks to Kevin for this one!
Fruity and slightly sour aroma. Amber red coloured and hazy in appearance. Very strong in alcohol and fruity with a warming slightly bitter finish.
Dogbrick (9109) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 12, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to legion242 for this behemoth. 2002 Bottle: Pours a murky orange color with a thin off-white head that disappeared rather quickly. Strong alcohol and malt in the nose. Flavor packs a real punch, especially as it warms. Fruity alcohol flavor with a decent malt balance. As strong as this beer tastes, I still think it is balanced quite well. I bet the cask-conditioned version of this beer rocks.
crossovert (8629) - Illinois, USA - DEC 27, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Did a side by side with a 2010 and 2008.
The 08 was smoother, didn’t have as much bitterness in the after taste.
The 10 was hoppier with a real grainy flavor.
Both were loaded with caramel and rich maltiness.
3fourths (8462) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 6, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 24, 2005 Poured into a small snifter, this barley wine has a dark cloudy orange and brown appearance. The nose is offered copious amounts of smoky old fruit, sweet pineapple notes popping up sporadically, a surprisingly strong presence of wood, and a sharp burning bite of alcohol, which is pretty screaming at my tongue that this beer is too young to be opening. Sweet on the lips and the front of the tongue, but mildly bitter across the back, with a citric acidity similar to a fresh Bigfoot. At times it is almost meaty in the flavors. Young, hot hops abound in this one.
MartinT (8351) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 12, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 29, 2005 (1-year-old, 2002 bottle)
Like a sonic flare, this explosive pine orchestra throbs frenetic, a palpitating hop organ devouring any thought of silence...An eminent cohort of cantaloups dallies forth, circling the growling core of alcoholic indiscipline, enticing the maple syrup bourgeoisie to salute the screaming conscience of pleasure...Triumphant, plurality is invoked by the monster citrus and the forbidden cacophonic tonalities are averted...8/4/9/4 17/20
(2004 vintage in 2005):
Juicy grapefruit and oranges are solidly grounded in the caramel malts and alcohol warmth...Earthy, resinous hop bitterness dance intensely with the orange rinds and fruity caramel...Another beautiful example of the style, if not unrefined at this early point in its life...8/3/8/4 15/20
(2005 vintage in 2005):
Floral, citrus hops proliferate to Double IPA levels, masking the caramel malts a bit too much for now...Resinous bitterness takes over the last half of the sip, treading over bubblegum sweetness...For now, this is a hop monster with a little too much carbonation and not enough sweet malts for my personal tastes in barley wine...8/3/7/3 15/20