Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 23, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, shared on the RBSG Friday Bus by someone nice, though I don’t know who. Pours orange/amber, thin persistent head, spotty lacing. Nose is marmalade, vanilla, quite woody, lemon, pine. Flavors of marmalade, spicy citrus, and oak. Quite lean, I expected this to be fatter. Good.
decaturstevo (5757) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - JUL 5, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Copper pour with tan head and lace. Canned pineapples and brown sugar aroma. Dried fruit and a hint of abv. Medium full bodied with good carbonation.
DocLock (9876) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 6, 2010
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle from Capone’s. Pours copper with ruby edges and 2f ow head and good lacing. Nose is resiny hops, earthy, floral, fruity, with c malt. Tastes very c malty, somewhat cloying, with notes of fruit, bs, hops, berry, and slight funk. Finishes mediocre. Starts OK though.
Rustyham (1836) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - JUN 6, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma of maple, pine trees, and sap. flavor sticky treacle, maple, and thick caramel malt. Appearance is brown sap color with white lacing left like wood grain on the surface. Palate is sticky with a strong hop body. I really liked this. Bottle from a tasting at Barrios’s house.
ScottyP (425) - Brentwood, Tennessee, USA - JUN 5, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a clear amber with thin off white head. Aroma of funky hops, syrupy malts, honey, caramel. Very fruity. Similar taste, medium bodied, night bite hop at the end, really clings to the roof of my mouth.
MmmcKay (1052) - Brentwood, Tennessee, USA - JUN 5, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a orange red brown, kind of like the color of the top of a creme brulee. Tastes like the top of a creme brulee. Hard candy. Dark sugar flavors but not too sweet. Very malty. Not much hops.
Barrios (1243) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 5, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a lacing beige head with a copper body. Aromas of caramel, pine, malt, vanilla. Flavor is much the same with a cocoa note. Finish is slightly dry, nice sweetness, malty and lasting.
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - MAY 28, 2010
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
22oz bottle, remnants of Boonville. Pours a deep, clear copper color; thin, light-tan head with small bubbles, light retention, and decent lacing; not bad looking. Sticky-sweet caramel, tea-like malts, and (seemingly) a hefty amount of darker crystal malts showing in the aroma; cloying, syrupy, with a too-moderate earthy bitterness lingering in the background; not offensive or even off-putting, but bad signs for what’s ahead... Full mouthfeel; very light carbonation; light creaminess and minimal astringency, with some warming alcohol making itself known; for how big this is, the maltiness is heavily sugary, tea-like, and stale; lots of cloying sweetness, a modest display of earthy and fruity bitterness (barely present behind the sweet malt character), and a potent and abrasive alcohol note that just builds and builds as this warms; very unimpressive barleywine; "barelywine"? I just made that up. The finish is terrible; stale, tea-like, cardboard-y malts that just last and last and last.
topherh (1923) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - MAY 18, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours coppery with an off white head. Aroma is sweet, earthy malt. Flavor is sweet malt, fruity, with a bit of grassy hops.
DietPepsican (1586) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - MAY 18, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Amber pour with a small off white head. Heavy raisin and plum aroma. Similar flavor, not much hops and pretty mellow overall decent.