crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - JUN 30, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
This bottle had some years on it, man did it look beat up. Purple pour with a faint white head. Aroma is very floral, strong dark fruity sweetness. flavor is very sweet a big caramel punch to the face, figs and other dark fruits are intense. Licorice and a fruitcake taste come out as it warms. Some bourbon to it and just a nasty fruitiness with a bt of rubbing alcohol in the finish. Mouthfeel is very thin actually and carbonation seems faded. It’s actually very complex it just isn’t agreeing with me.
nuplastikk (4742) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 29, 2009
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle aged since 2002 or so, cracked open and drank July 2009. Seven years and still a nice orangish-white head. Impressive. Brown-amber color, very thick and dark. The aroma is ruthless, hardcore potent cognac. Oh my. Enter devolution. Rich bourbon raisin, sweet and sticky. Sour. Has some mellow carbonation still. If you use your imagination, you might just get a hint of sour cherry in it. Certainly a unique experience. Not a drain pour. Rating only reflects the aged version, so it is certainly unfair.
changeup45 (1718) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - APR 13, 2008
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a brown color, the head instantly fizzles down to absolutely nothing. Very flat looking beer. Sour, winey, very strong aroma. Quite fruity, tangy and tart with a definite alcoholic presence to it. Some malts and caramel notes in the background. Defnitely a unique brew
freekyp (1543) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - APR 6, 2008
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled bottle version 04/06/2008. An innovative take on a traditional Finnish Sahti. This barleywine pours a bit thinner than others, but the flavor is thick and malty with a strong juniper and piny presence. Aroma had a slight bourbon note (cask conditioned?) and a peppery spice to it. Delicious, but it was difficult to down the whole pint. Definitely a sipping beer. Only real flaw was the lack of any head at all. Still, there was some light carbonation throughout.
Stine (1634) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 11, 2008
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours amber red; very clear, with a bubbly skirt of white. Syrupy aroma of honey, bubblegum, and toffee; some banana cream, juniper, candy sugar. Very sweet and burly; slightly cloying. Flavors are weighty. Honey, venison, smoke, tobacco, resin, and alcohol. Balance is tilted toward a sort of burlesque pistachio sweetness layered underneath with a firm outdoorsy bitterness that can’t assert itself quite enough. Black pepper dries a very quick mid palate, leading to syrupy rum like sweetness toward the finish; some vinegary cayenne, lots of maple syrup, and candy sugar in a slightly awkward befalling of sweetness and heat. Juniper tends to lend a bitter, herbal dryness throughout, but is overpowered in flavor; palate is full bodied, medicinal, and lightly spritzy. More vanilla infused rum in a long, warm, and meaty finish. A hugely sweet and mostly unlikeable syrup; it’s probably more the goal than the craft that’s off putting. Thanks Ken!
PilsnerPeter (3028) - Flushing, New York, USA - FEB 4, 2008
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle shared by puzzl: Pours copper/amber with a fading head. Sweet/hot aroma. Lots of banana and bubblegum notes. Very sweet flavor as well. Slick body with lots of alcohol warmth and sweet fruits like fig and banana. A bit too hot and sweet; perhaps time will help it?
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - FEB 1, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by puzzl. Pours a deep amber with a thin lasting whit ehead. Aroma is solventy, strong, a bit boozy, sweet caramel and toffee notes. More sweet malt flavors upfront, fruity, solvent and jet fuel like- pretty hot and sweet all around. Finish is a bit herbal and bitter with a juniper berry and pine quality- ok.
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - FEB 1, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, thanks to puzzl. Dark orange pour. Aroma is very malty, vanilla, and bubblegum / banana. Flavor is the same with some spice. Enjoyed.
yobdoog (1888) - Woodridge NY, New York, USA - JAN 30, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks puzzl for sharing. Sweet and sticky. Some berry flavors and alcohol. A bit hot and has a slight bitter hint to it. I can’t drink too much of this one.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - JAN 26, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wow. They say even a blind squirrel finds a nut and these guys really Lully this off well. Honey and alcohol primarily make this stuff tick. Pretty smooth stuff with some sap flavor.