vtafro (3255) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - DEC 15, 2011
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle pour thanks vferg. Browb hazy pour with some tan bubbles. Sweet malt some oxidation aromas. Light metallic tones slight off tones. Old.
cpetrone84 (1372) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 22, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a transparent amber color with a slightly brownish white head. The nose has lots of green apples, notes of apple skin with a light tartness. Hints of mint and a light malt sugar aroma. The taste is of green apples and apple skins, rather tart and sour. Sugary sweet caramel, light hint of spice and mint, rather well integrated. Medium body and assertive carbonation, lively on the palate. Great complexity and very interesting with the apple/tart notes. Should age well.
Plovmand (6409) - Helsinge, DENMARK - NOV 4, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours hazy deep amber with a medium creamy off white head. The aroma is sweet caramel, light hops, biscuits, alcohol, sweet malt and barley. The flavour is sweet malty and sugary with notes of barley, biscuits and is overall quite sweet.
Theis (13373) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 4, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at home - Tasting. Clear dark brown - white head. Ok bitterness, light honey, fruity, light roasted, dried fruits, raisins, chocolate, light boozy, light limestone.
Hopper (827) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - AUG 11, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. brown bottle. Vintage 2011. Bottle#140 of 500. A dark reddish beer with a nice fluffy head. The aroma has lots of orange and orange rind, candylike. The taste has caramel sweetness at first that gives way to a very long middle taste and bitterness in the end. The fruit and candy flavors kind of interplay with each other. The mouthfeel is moderately thick, a little creamy. Medium to high carbonation with the alcohol being fairly noticeable.
jcwattsrugger (11079) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUL 27, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz -thanks to hbmason for trading-pours a dissipating light tan head and amber color. Aroma is medium malt-toffee/bready, some spice. Taste is spice/herbal hops, medium malt-toffee/bready, alcohol. OK effervescence.
jtclockwork (8241) - , New Jersey, USA - JUL 21, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
2011 bottle #247 of 500 thanks to Jcwattsrugger. Pours caramel brown. Tan head. Nose of bread soaked in alcohol, toffee and caramel. Some dark fruits linger in the deep background. Taste is essentially the same with some candi sugar. Medium body - light for a barley wine. Bready alcohol finish.
MrChopin (3258) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 20, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
tepid red amber, no head. Rubber cement led nose, light apple and peppermint amid the starkly sour nose, bit of lemon, caramel and grain. Flavor is heavy sugar at front, bit short in finish, a lot of caramel sweetness, bit of light pine hop. Robust, piney, lightly spiced and balanced.
jrallen34 (3479) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 9, 2011
2.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Clear and bright brown, a little watery head... Subtle aroma with malt, light caramel, and hops, nice... Taste is rubbing alcohol, almost numbs my mouth, how is this so bad, lots of strong bitter hops... Pass
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 29, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz. 2011 vintage, bottle 331/500. Thanks to sideshowe for the hook up.
Pours a dark golden copper/amber color with dark golden orange hues when held to a light and a half finger whit foam head that quickly settles into a lasting ring.
Sweet leathery malt aroma with hints of toffee and caramel as well as some sweet alcohol and dark fruit. The nose is also pretty hop forward with resinous pine and sweet citrus hops. Hints of date, fig and raisin compliment the leathery caramel malt and booze notes.
Medium boded and surprisingly hop forward with lots of bitter resinous hops that give off a dry pine needle flavor. There’s also a sweet citrus character with hints of pineapple and orange peel. This is nicely balanced out by the sweet malt profile that has hints of toffee, caramel, dark fruit and alcohol. Not as earthy and/or leathery as other examples of the style with more of a sweeter flavor profile. Well balanced and pretty easy to drink considering the high ABV. Not much heat or alcohol flavor but some nice warmth in the finish. This is a very solid example of the style and I would like to see how it ages. The hop profile, which is a huge part of this beer’s appeal, will likely fade but it should mellow out and develop nicely.