SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 25, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
330 ml bottle from BevMo LaJolla. Looks like Iím going to be an against the grain rater on this one. Pours a bright, clear garnet amber with a medium off-white head that leaves a tracing of lace. Aroma of rich, fruity malts, fresh fig, blackberry, dried apricot,floral notes, mild citrus, alcohol, spice and caramel along with strawberry cream. Sweet and syrupy in the flavor, light caramel, and heavy fruit, orange liquer, alcohol warming, floral and somewhat herby hops in the finish. Full body, sticky with creamy carbonation. Not my typical barleywine preference, but given the style and intent, combined with a chilly night in front of the fireplace, itís pretty good.
mjg74 (2492) - La Mesa, California, USA - NOV 25, 2007
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle from BevMo. Pours a syrupy dark amber color. Aroma is somewhat dark and vinous. A bit of alcohol in the aroma. Malty flavor mixed with a little alcohol. Some fruity flavors. Not too hoppy, but still i donít think itís terrible.
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - NOV 19, 2007
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Pours copper with a soft off-white head. Cloyingly sweet with melted caramel malts, candy apple, raisin, toffee, and alcohol burn towards the finish. Syrupy on the palate with a touch of hops to the finish. Kinda reminds me of Raison DíExtra without as much alcohol. I like badlizardís aroma discription, wasnít the first thing that jumped to my head, but I can kinda see what theyíre talking about, there is something in there that smells a little pate meaty.
badlizard (5538) - Berkeley, California, USA - NOV 18, 2007
2.1 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
350 ml bottle from Bevmo. Golden red with no head. I canít quite describe the aroma...smells more like cat food than anything else. Very sticky mouth feel. Taste dominated by alcohol followed by sweet malty notes and an alcoholic finish. Very disappointing.
LinusStick (2854) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 16, 2007
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Blah. This beer is terribly unbalanced. Aroma of alcohol and malt. Pour was a dark amber with no head. Taste was very alcholic. Very little was coming through the alcohol burn, but there are strong heavy malt beatings and some hoppiness in the sticky wet aftertaste.