CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - SEP 10, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Pours a transparent deep copper amber with a thin, spotty-lacing off-white head. Has a sweet toasty caramel and toffee nose with some light fruity complexity and a doughy yeast. Starts with good fullness and chewy caramel sweetness with a decent hop bitterness and a touch of oak before a drier, bittersweet finish. Pretty true to style and fairly drinkable barleywine.
bb (7052) - Alamo, California, USA - JUL 20, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Rich amber beer with a cream colored head. Malt and earthy aroma. Malt and honey flavor with light earth. Medium bodied. Honey and malt lingers with light earth and backing hops.
sebletitje (7029) - Enghien, BELGIUM - APR 22, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
tap @ OTH
pours dark brown/mahogany with off-white head.
aroma of dark fruits, dark sugar, caramel malts, the booze overpowers the aroma, rather disappointing.
flavors, warming abv, thick mouthfeel of dark fruits, some bitter hops, pale and caramel malts, yeasty.
dark sugar? got a bunch of dark fruits; grape, currants, and possibly hint of vanilla adding to the sweetness.
I think this would be a great beer if it wasn’t that boozy.
marcus (6979) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUL 17, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Good Foods. Pours dark copper with a modest tan head and a toffee aroma. There is a slightly harsh treacle flavor with a hint of candi sugar and a bitter finish. It’s a hearty brew, but the taste is not partucularly pleasant.
douglas88 (6588) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 13, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 ounce bottle thanks to someone at the Christmas tasting. I stole this bottle basically- thanks to someone. A light reddish brown color with a tan head. The aroma and flavor is rich caramel, earthy, hot, some smoke, interesting.
Radek Kliber (6572) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - JUN 28, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 650 ml
Aroma mineral hop feel with malty nose , touch of brown malts. Good.
Appearance clear dark amber with medium dark beige top. Some lace. 3+
Flavor and Palate : Full bodied. Plenty of malts in here. Oily body , caramel with slight hints of alcohol. Neat strong brew. Good as sipper.
drowland (6499) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - AUG 31, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
8/27/10. Bomber. Big thanks to Byron at Liquor Loft/Proof for sharing with the crew! Brown pour, mostly red when held to the light. Sweet roasty aroma with a hint of booze. Sweet bitter roasty flavor with a dose of astrigent bitterness. The finish is very burnt bitter. Eh.
blipp (6495) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - MAY 18, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours amber brown with an off white head. Oaky aroma with some toffee sweetness and a hint of hops. The flavor has woody oak up front, toffee/caramel malt sweetness, and some late floral hop bitterness. It seems like the base beer was closer to an american-style barleywine, as opposed to an "imperial brown ale" as the bottle suggests, but hey, they brewed the damn thing, what the hell do I know. Pretty good.
Ernest (6484) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 6, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Head is initially average sized, frothy, light brown, mostly lasting.
Body is medium to dark amber.
Aroma is moderately malty (caramel), lightly to moderately hoppy (apricot), with notes of candy, corn syrup, dried pineapple, orange peel, alcohol, paint.
Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter.
Medium body, watery/velvety texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic.
Strong/boozy, but not without some aromatic enticement. Ultimately a little generic, but pretty good for Redhook.
after4ever (6393) - Brier, Washington, USA - JUN 19, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22. Pours a murky dark brown with a dense and somewhat pillowy tannish head. Nice caramel and brown bread nose. Creamy medium body with mild carb. Toast, caramel, brown bread, and a bit of molasses on the mid-palate. Mild yeasty tang in there, vaguely reminiscent of fruitcake with dark pitted tree fruit in it but that’s a distant note, nowhere near the foreground by any means. Mild caramel and toast finish. Doesn’t have as much flavor as you might expect for the abv, even given a brown as a base recipe. There are definitely more assertive browns out there with half the alcohol. Still, it’s appealing, and hides the alcohol well enough, even if it is a bit on the mild side in terms of the flavor profile.