Sledutah (4115) - Utah, USA - JAN 6, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle from MaltOMeal, thanks
Appearance: Clear reddish brown with a nice beige head with some lacing
Aroma: Sweet malts, burnt brown sugar and some spice
Taste: Sweet malts, dark fruits, hot alcohols with a bitter finish
This one is pretty bitter. Bill sent me 2 bottles so Iíll cellar the other for awhile and try it again, and re-rate.
Signalwriter (86) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 26, 2010
4.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
What a fine beer! It pours a very modest, mildly bubbling head with a wonderful aroma, a glorious copper color thatís clear, almost glowing. Mouth feel is full and flavorsome without density Ė another rater used the word ďchewy.Ē The hops donít overpower the complex flavor: sweet caramel, winter fruit, tawny portÖmellow without spiciness. Itís almost like drinking a liqueur without the cloying sweetness. Just plain outstanding, this bottle from Chris Blume in Cypress was a maximum-thoughtful pre-Christmas gift.
bleeng (1474) - Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas, USA - DEC 25, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle thanks to a secret admirer. Pours with a beautiful clear ruby hue. Foamy white head poured aggressively that mostly dissipates quickly. Nose is a bit subtle, with definite alcohol notes and some maltiness-not overpowering in any sense. Taste comes off a bit sweet, with the hop character providing a lasting and tingling bitterness. It is a bit hot, with a nosy alcohol taste that lingers. The palate is well carbonated and a bit fluffy. As most have already mentioned, this could use some cellar time.
StefanSD (2015) - Lakeside, California, USA - DEC 23, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 30, 2011 12 oz bottle courtesy of maltOmeal. Thanks. Pours a chestnut brown color with a small beige head that quickly fades to a fine ring. The nose is faint with leather, hazelnuts and a bit of hot alcohol. The flavor is hops forward with pine, leather, nuts, toffee and more hot alcohol. The palate is full and smooth with soft carbonation. Finishes medium in duration. Overall: This is still a bit immature, but it should cellar well. Iím looking forward to re-rating this someday. Re-rate on 5-31-2011 This beer continues to improve in the cellar with sherry undertones starting to emerge, looks like its going to be a keeper. I am bumping my rating from 3.5 to 3.9. I just wish they did not use twist on caps as I have no faith in those holding up in a cellar over time.
bhensonb (10354) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 23, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from the Texas Champion trader - you know who - but in case you donít itís ericandersnavy. Pours a brilliant clear ruddy copper with a few bubbles. Aroma is a fruity/malty complexity. Full bodied; chewy carbonation. Flavor is sweet caramel - no doubt - but thereís a good dose of fruity/floral hop. So itís not really balanced, too much malt for that - but thatís the barleywine thing. But itís really got a lot of hop which pushes it way into new territory. Forgot to mention that there is essentially zero heat. I think the main attraction is the fruitiness. Though with time it develops a woody aspect. P.S. If Eric sends me some more, Iíd be interested in seeing how this develops over the months. Hint!
hopscotch (8539) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 21, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
BottleÖ Clear, brilliant copper ale with a small, fizzy, mushroom-colored head. Decent retention. The decadent aroma offers a rich marriage of candied dark fruits ( figs, raisins and dates), caramel, medium sherry, cotton candy and brown sugar. Full-bodied with a fatty/chewy mouthfeel and discreet carbonation. The flavor provides a sweet mťlange of caramel, tawny port, candied dates and warm alcohol without overbearing heat or an unpleasant bite. Finishes bittersweet (more sweet than bitter) with a gob of caramel and a splash of sherry. Delicious, but drinkability is low... I couldnít finish the bottle in one sitting. Akin to drinking 12 oz of Cognac. Thanks to ericandersnavy for providing the bottle!
Hopper (827) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - DEC 21, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
$16.00/6 pack. A red color beer with a small head. The aroma is lightly sweet, fruity and almost candylike. The taste has molasses, bread, very fruity-like candied fruit, loads of alcohol. In fact the first one I had was probably the hottest beer I have had all year but it has died down a little since its release. The mouthfeel is thick. This has the potential to be a good ager.
ansermadide (1464) - Kyle, Texas, USA - DEC 16, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2013 No aging: Bubbly, light-brown head with heavy, wet lacing, a very glowing, clear reddish-mahogany color, moderate carbonation... a really good-looking beer. On the lighter and thinner end of an English-style malty ale, it has hints of alcohol in the aroma with maybe some dark fruits and toasted malt. A very faint aroma. A very warm beer, reminiscent of a light whiskey, with a pungent, spicy alcohol character dominating the flavor reminiscent of dark wood. Very pleasing. Thin for such a dark-hued beer. If it wasnít so glowy youíd expect this to be much more dense. Not alot of sweetness in this, but some hops do manage to peek through the alcohol. A really great barley wine thatís insanely easy to drink and warm and pleasing in the mouth. Cozy and warm in the throat with a clean, pleasing finish. Although (only) 11% ABV, this really feels less like a beer and more like a liquor. Looking forward to letting this age. Definitely best consumed at warmer temperatures.
Aged 1.5 years (2010 vintage): Looks clean, reddish, deep visually in substance. Clean, sweet, plum-like alcohol aroma, very smooth and nice at 1.5 years. Smells classy. Flavor is lightly sweet with a smooth, alcoholic warmth in the back of the mouth. Finish is smooth, mellow but strong. Really nice and smooth, unoffensive. Uber-smooth. Very nice at 1.5!
BelgianBeerGal (3016) - Dayton Area, Ohio, USA - NOV 27, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle thanks to Whit over Thanksgiving. Pours a dark, bronze color with a small brown head that quickly dissolves. No head. Not a huge aroma at all but some caramel malt and piney hops. Syrupy mouthfeel. Flavor is much gentler than what I was expecting with hops and alcohol not really appearing until the long finish. Kinda fruity in the beginning. Itís good now but I think a little age might mellow out the raw alcohol in the end. Got some more to age along side the 6.
SudsMcDuff (5659) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - NOV 27, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thanks to Lindsey at Specs Bay Area for thinking of yours truly when a freak extra sixer sowed up of this while i was out of town.. . pours a murky dark brown, medium head .. . wow, wow, and wow, fresh this is a beast.. needs at least 6 months to be drinkable and enjoyable.. hot and heavy, like steamy windows in a stolen porn .. . iíll rerate in a 6 months to a couple of years if iím lucky to determine this beers true value.. they should have brewed this, bottled it, and held it bacf at least a few months- right now it is not that enjoyable .. . raisens, rum and shitty tar.. . fuck.. . Your revolution is over, Mr. Lebowski. Condolences. The bums lost. My advice is to do what your parents did; get a job, sir. The bums will always lose. Do you hear me, Lebowski?.. .
The bums will always lose!