ChainGangGuy (4602) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 7, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 ounce bottle - $8.99 at Total Wine & More in Alpharetta, Georgia. Batch 1.
Appearance: Pours a clear, amber-gold body with a tall, craggy, off-white head.
Smell: Juicy fruitiness, and, when picking up the sweet-scented notes, a bit like Juicy Fruit. Pale maltiness, some nimble hints of breadiness there, and a heavy layer of honey and toffee. Notably buttery American oak aroma throughout, also a bold streak of alcohol.
Taste: Scantly toasty, bready pale malts with a full-on, candyish toffee sweetness. Tropical jackfruit fruitiness with an additional hint of grapefruit citrus followed fast by the buttery oak. Moderately bitter, which pairs with the tannins and the booziness of the beer for a relatively astringent back-half. Some sweetness loitering around the finish, though it manages to dry out at the last second with some enduring warmth, bitterness, and crispy tannins.
Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation. Smooth, tongue-coating mouthfeel.
Overall: A bit hot, but, at 11.5%, itís really to be expected. By the end of the bottle, youíll be seeing not only griffins, but manticores, chimeras, and the fearsome Jim Koch cyclops. It reminds me a bit of Nemesis (2009), in that thereís plenty of good there, but really needs some time to smooth out.
rajendra82 (999) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - DEC 4, 2011
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The body of the beer was clear, and burnt orange in color, which was a few shades lighter than most beers of the style. Carbonation appeared rapid, and formed a two finger thick head in the tulip glass. The aroma of the beer was extremely disappointing. I was expecting a hop assault like Bigfoot or Old Guardian, but instead this was just a bit of honey smell, and very mild one at that. The taste revealed this beer to be on the sweet side of spectrum. i could detect toffee, caramel, and honey. There just werenít a lot of hops added to contribute to flavor profile. There was peppery bite and some wood notes in the finish. The body appeared a bit runny, and did not have the richness I had hoped for. This was a disappointment for an oak barrel aged Barleywine from a big brewer.
SSSteve (4007) - - DEC 4, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle. a little nervous about this 11.5% monster on a sunday afternoon. pours a clear orange under a small white head. nose of light colored fruits like pear and pineapple with no alcohol and very faint floral hop. flavor is big on coconut, vanilla, pineapple. low hop flavors. i get a tropical feel from this. toasted oak must add the coconut notes. full body. abv is tame in the flavor. pretty cool BW.
nick76 (4322) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 4, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
The aroma is malty with vanilla and oak. The appearance is light orange amber with a small head. The taste is like the aroma. The palate is average. Overall this is a very good beer.
Palidor19 (3096) - Brandon, Florida, USA - DEC 4, 2011
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This beer has a strong alcohol flavor, but that the problem. Its strenght gives off a lack of flavor. A slight bit of malt and a decent amount of hops. But it faults at the overall flavor. Strong but not much else
porterhouse (1580) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - DEC 4, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(22 oz. bottle (Batch 1) Bootleggers) Pours bright, lightly hazy orange-amber with a hint of red. Two and a half fingers of lightly amber off-white head. Aroma of toffee and caramel with hints of grapefruit and pine. Mouthfeel fairly smooth and full but not much texture (filtered?). Flavor of honey-caramel and toffee. Medium-bitter bite in finish. Licorice-like note on back end. OK but pretty simple and relatively boring for a barleywine.
WISEGUY572 (1377) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 3, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I liked this far more than I expected to, given my general dislike of barley wines. Appearance was dark amber, very clear, but viscous enough to trap the bubbles; small tan head, good lacing. Nose had notes of citrus; did they use American hops? Great full palate. Taste of citrus, oak, fruit, hops, malts. Only minus is the high alcohol content, which leaves me quite incapable of an appropriately detailed review.
BeerandBlues2 (11063) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 3, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours hazy gold with a large, frothy white head, long retention with good lacing. Aroma is pineapple, lime, and tropical hops, fruity esters, oak, caramel and honey malt with vanilla notes. Flavor is malt dominant with caramel notes, oak, vanilla, toffee, tropical hops, spicy alcohol and a dry finish. Full body, medium warmth and carbonation.
monkeychugg55 (973) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - DEC 2, 2011
2.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 9/20
Very clear copper-orange with a small white head. The aroma has strong oak, with tropical fruit, creme brulee and, rich, sweet caramel. The flavor is extremely sweet, with fruity syrup, alcohol, and a long oaky finish. I think they hopped this with sugar cubes itís so sweet. Thick body with syrupy mouthfeel, abrasive carbonation, and a hot finish. Not quite what I hoped for. Not sure if Iíll make it all the way through this one.
rhsiung (1293) - USA - DEC 2, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
sweet! :-) i could drink this all night. i donít care for the shape of the bottle, though. has anyone used wine bottles for beer?