pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - AUG 24, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2006 bottle. Pours a rusty copper tinged brown with a creamy offwhite tan head. The nose is rather odd for the style. Not super sweet or malty and not a ton of oak. Toasty malt and light fruit. Some vanilla and a slight astringency, Medium creamy mouthfeel with low carbonation. Creamy fruity astringency, Not a ton of malt depth. A significant oaky flavor--cherry tinged tannins and vanilla. A little too toasty for my tastes. Alcohol pops out with oak in the finish. Not quite rich or malty enough to meet my expectations of a barleywine, but not a bad amaerican strong ale.
pintsize (1042) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 15, 2008
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
6-27-08 bottle shared with lb4lb thanks to mreusch
Semi clear amber with little head. Smell is alcohol, sweet tomatoes, cinnamon and nutmeg with perhaps a touch of ketchup - each glass we poured it in - it seemed different. Flavor is interesting and has an oak and almost sweet fruity malt backbone. Low to medium carbonation. A little strange but not dreadful
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 11, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml (2006 vintage) from a trade from way back when.....pours a semi-cloudy medium amber brownvwith a thin creamy off-white head..... chewy caramel malt and fruit, not necessarily of the dark variety, and a touch of sour oak and wood but nothing too apparent.... smooth straighforward flavors of fruit and sweet sugars and a little alcohol bitter bite in the finish. silky smooth body that makes drinking it enjoyable. wish the barrel would have been more forward but still pretty nice.
lb4lb (2580) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUN 30, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle in trade from mreusch. Thanks!
Pours a medium maroon to amber color with a light beige short lived head. Smell is sweet bourbon, malt, and a touch of cinnamon. Taste is malty, lightly bourbony, vanilla and slight oaky dryness. Bit thin bodied with medium carbonation. Nice drinkability but the flavor falls a bit short of what I hoped for. Still a nice beer.
KingpinIPA (841) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 26, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark color. Smell of nuts, dark fruit, oak, bourbon, caramel and alcohol. Taste of bourbon, hops, pine, malt, brown sugar and dark fruit.
nimbleprop (6355) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 18, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled at the Savor DC event. Pours a translucent, copper orange. Aroma of grapes, raisins and honey. Flat flavor with honey and pollen. Average at best.
jefcon (1537) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - MAY 17, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A thoughtful beer, first and foremost -- in everything but the coloration of the brew and the alcohol content, there is a delicacy and a balance. Nicely oaked, not too bourbon-y, though there is a great nutty vanilla expression to the beer. Molasses and light chocolate. Lots of toasted malts and a slightly slick, warm finish.
3fourths (8801) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 17, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2006 vintage poured from a bottle haz a light haze to the dark plum and burgundy body. Dry oak and dried fruit are first noticed, some dry, tannic cherry skins, caramel malt (muted), candy sugar sweetness at times, and completed by a really well-formed silky palate finished by a small bite of alcohol, with some pear brandy and maraschino cherry sweetness. Well-made, interesting and complex.
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - MAY 14, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of barleypops. 2006 vintage. Mahogany with film for head. decent caramel aroma, old aged hops in the background. Flavor has a huge caramel kick up front, slight oxidation, faint candy/residuel sugar flavors, old hops. Definately English style BW, but sort of dig it.
KieferUGA (461) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 7, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle. 2007 vintage. Pours a clear, dark ruby. Thin, white head. Wonderful aroma of oak, vanilla, and hot alcohol. Flavor is very smooth with notes of dark fruit, molasses, vanilla, some sweet sugars. Finish is full of alcohol. It made the hairs on my arm stand up. This is a great, complex beer. I look forward to seeing what more time does to this beer.