Kinz (3111) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - FEB 4, 2007
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Picked up a 22 during the 5th Richmond Gathering pubcrawl. Pours a deep, slightly murky amber, with practically no head. Aroma of thick caramel, molasses, and brown sugar. Very little carbonation. Flavor is sweet dark caramel, sugary finish. There are some hops floating in the background to give a bit of a cooked grapefruit note, but that is almost entirely obliterated by the sugar overload. Not quite there yet, but I hope they keep playing with this style.
duff (5484) - Lund, SWEDEN - FEB 16, 2007
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Another sweet US barleywine. Probably a little too sweet for me. caramelly sweetness from the malt, piney, fruity hop notes. With alcoholic warmth at the end. Probably a little too much for me in terms of the sweetness, but ther is some nice flavours.
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - FEB 23, 2008
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bomber. Bought this about a year ago at the brewpub, the label says it was brewed on 08/26/05. Pours a lightly hazed dark amber with no head. Very sweet, somewhat boozy nose, spicy and malty, brown sugar is apparent, some berrylike notes. More bitter than expected, an earthy, nutty flavor over dark malt. Slightly astringent, not pleasant, really. The bitter medicinal flavor lasts through the finish. Meh.