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 (1408) - 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 (2869) - 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 (5323) - .....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!
wyzzywyz22 (1743) - Wirral, Merseyside, ENGLAND - NOV 26, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, thanks to Mes & Sim. My first Texan rate yíall. Dark hazy orange pour with a thin tan head. Aroma was dark fruit, caramel and aniseed. Sweetness came to the fore in the flavour with more of the same elements of the nose, plus some spiciness, a little hop and a warming booze hit to soothe away the days exertions.
bu11zeye (11740) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - NOV 24, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(Draught) Pours a clear deep amber body with a small beige head. Aroma of raisins, light tobacco, caramel, and herbs. Flavor of caramel, subtle smoke, raisins, roasted malt, minerals, herbs, and grass.
CLevar (375) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 24, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Big difference between this and the 6. Smells of overlysweet malts, some hops, almost soapy. Coats the tongue with malty sweetness. Not much hop. Decent, but maybe could use a few years.
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 22, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep amber red pour with nice creamy head. The nose is rich, spicy, slightly sweet with big heat as well. Obviously needs a few years on it. Big flavor and heat, with hops and good roast character. Certainly very young...and will mature nicely.
MesandSim (7121) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 18, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A Mes rate. Bottle at home thanks to Seth.
An attractive deep amber with a thin beige head. Smells superb. Loads of sweetness and a big dollop of aniseed. Smells almost like Ouzo rather than a big burley beer. Similar flavour. Itís a really strange one to be honest. Nothing like a beer experience really. There is a superb hit of fruity booze initially, quickly followed by a stinging assault of tart and sweet that quickly gives way to more aniseed. Very unbeerlike overall but enjoyable all the same.
Jblauvs (1337) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 16, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark Amber pour,
Aroma is candied dark fruit, dry fruit, booze, caramel.
Mouthfeel is creamy, a bit hot. Flavor is a deluge of warming caramel, rich dry fruit, candied plum, raisin, date. Really nice, would love to see how it ages.