Travlr (9998) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 11, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle #378 of 500, courtesy of Andy - thanks! Cloudy, chunky chestnut color. Aroma of butterscotch and toffee. Taste is smooth caramel, but a touch metallic. Decent enough.
ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 7, 2010
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2006 Bottle - Thanks JohnGalt1!! - Pours thick and clear orange with no head...aroma is fairly straightforward, woody, fruity, light vanilla, heat...very little carbonation in the mouth as well, plenty of barrel tannin, bitter burnt sugar, toffee and something very odd, like an antiseptic, like subtle mint...at any rate, it was a terrific experence and something that I have wanted to try for a long time, but I was a bit disappointed...I’ll need to try this again sometime...
daknole (8913) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 5, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
after4ever shared this beauty at cigar city. Orange pour, off white head. Lots of honey, caramel, brown sugar and light floral hops. Flavor is sweet and delicious. Hop bite on the end is welcomed. Flavor is full of honey, caramel, brown sugar, and some fruity notes as well. Winner!
Sparky (2133) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - NOV 18, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle 438/500 courtesy of puzzl. Pours an almost completely opaque orange-ish brown with a 2 finger beige head and slick delicate lacing. Nose is floral hops, fruit and caramel. Taste is brown sugar, bourbon, caramel and some dried fruit with a surprising bitter citrus hoppy finish. Full mouth feel. Warming, but not over the top in booze taste. Great BW. Thanks Andy!
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 30, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. bottle - 2006 bottle; thanks to after4ever for sharing; very hazy, glowing orange; quite a bot of sediment; huge, rich aromas of sugar, alcohol, musky; buttery texture and very smooth; much hotter on the second sip; flavors mainly of oranges and a little spice; lovely texture, just not quite there flavor wise; pretty nice though
Ibrew2or3 (6779) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - SEP 15, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big thanks to after4ever for bringing this along. This 2006 vintage poured orange to copper with light haze and off white ring of foam. The aroma is muted blunted pine hops, light dark fruitiness, a bit of fruity mustiness, some yeasty notes and heat near the end of the draw. The taste begins smooth and grows to bold notes starting with pine hops that are muted with age. I get a hint of dark fruitiness peaking out from behind the pine hops. Maybe another year will do it well. Sure did enjoy it with a couple of years on it. Thanks Tom.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 6, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle (2005) from MaxxDaddy - thanks, Max! Man, apparently I’ve been sitting on this one for a while and I figured I’d get to it before oxidation, etc. I was pleasantly surprised to see some creamy foam rising through the bottle as soon as I popped the cap. Vigorous pour, super cloudy orange body. Makes you feel like a Viking supping this from a chalice. Anyways, soft nutty notes in the nose, with some hops and sweet malts. Slightly dry taste in there, maybe something a bit spicy, reminds me a bit of stale basil or mild ginger/anise. Very nice, whatever it is. I suppose this is an English style barleywine, but with a seriously improvisational bent to it. All to the good, and a lovely beer.
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 20, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2006 bottle, #255/500. Pours a super hazy orange amber with only a minimal head even with an aggressive pour. The head dissipates to a collar quickly leaving traces of lacing. The smell is really boozy, mainly rum, with some brown sugar and toffee in the nose as well. There is also the faintest hint of hops in the background. The taste is also sugary sweet with brown sugar and caramel malts with vanilla and some spices as well. The mouthfeel is full and super smooth with low carbonation. I’ve never had this one fresh, but I really enjoyed this beer and I imagine I probably caught it at about the right age. Thanks again to Steve for pulling this out of the cellar for me!
thenick (766) - North Bellmore, New York, USA - JUL 17, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle - 2006 Vintage, many thanks to Brady from SPH for this one. Pours a bronze/amber color with a fluffy white head. Aroma is heavy spice and malt, with notes of chocolate, ginger,and candi sugar noticeable. Taste is spice as well, with ginger and candi sugar noticeable. There is a slight alcohol burn at the end, but it is very well hidden for a beer with this high an ABV. I sipped on this beer for a good long time, and it provided a very enjoyable experience.
Brigadier (2880) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - JUL 15, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle
This came as a bonus in a long ago trade. I figured with three years on it the time was right to crack open the bottle (#264 of 500). I was not disappointed. My only regret is that because of the limited release it is going to be tough to track down another bottle barring a new batch being produced.
Aroma / Appearance - The carbonated bronze body sparkled as carbonation streamed up the sides of my snifter. A dense eggshell colored head left sticky trails of lacing as it receded into the viscous liquid below. The aroma was a bit stale but reminded me of ginger snap cookies, semisweet chocolate and caramel. It was a very mellow experience with little aggression.
Flavor / Palate - The warmth from the ABV is obvious at the start. It carries along with it caramel, molasses and vanilla. Hershey’s chocolate is next before a transition to a chocolately wheat finish. The mellowness shows here as well in the form of a very laid back sippable beer. You won’t be sessioning this one. It may be a little past its prime but not having had an earlier bottle it is hard to say for sure.