jredmond (4575) - Manhattan, New York, USA - JUN 28, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared with Andrew, Streets and Grandpa. This was surprisingly underwhelming. Pours a deep dark amber red body with barely any lacing. Aroma is light oaky notes, dark fruit, and sweet caramel. Mouthfeel is medium somewhat syrupy with notes of dark fruit, sweet caramel, oak, light vanilla, bread. Ehhhh.
Pwn3d (1959) - Manhattan, New York, USA - JUN 28, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Probably second favorite of the three... Plum and dark fruits. Sugar and spice... Overall the series was pretty tame.
manuchampions (1219) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 28, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
650ml bottle from trade. Pours a clear amber with decent tan head. Aroma is very barley-wine in it’s sweet caramel malt, toffee and treacle assertiveness. Flavour is much the same with the sweetness a little over powering. There’s some aged fruit in there but not much oak barrel to speak of. Some vanilla there but hard to focus on with the cloying sweetness. Viscous mouthfeel but alcohol is very well hidden. Very good
but would have liked it better if the sweetness was reigned in.
anders37 (14720) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUN 14, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a dark reddish amber color with a small off-white head. Has a sweetish malty molasses and caramel aroma. Sweetish heavy malty molasses flavor with hoppy bitter hints. Has a sweetish malty molasses finish with a long bitter aftertaste.
Silphium (3111) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUN 4, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Crunchy’s, East Lansing. Deep red body, thin tight cream head. Nose of oak and peach, sweet. Sweet body with tannic, buttery oak and fermented light fruits. Somewhat harsh with borderline cloying sweetness.
bhensonb (9823) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 1, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber from Charleston Beer Exchange. Pours dark ruddy copper with a creamy off-white head. Aroma of sweet fruits. Med + body. It’s very fruity. Makes me think of grape. Then it goes on to ripe light stone fruit. There’s some slightly roasted caramel. There’s some woodiness. Heat is not an issue. Just slightly sweet; there’s an impression of bitter. It seems like amazingly fresh fruit. A few other things I can’t find words for are in the mix. Excellent.
DYCSoccer17 (3156) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 31, 2011
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
22 oz bottle purchased at Bark’s Beer Cave in Plattsburgh, NY. Weird, swampy, rubbery aroma with some vanilla oaky woody hints. Light ethanol retronasally. Not so aromatic. Virtually transparent amber body with a medium-small off-yellowish head present. Very very sweet, sugary flavor to start. Some pitted fruits and a little diacetyl butteriness present. Finishes with more sweetness and more vanilla oakiness. Booze is well-hidden under the overly sweet, sugary, cloying body. Not so good.
badlizard (5525) - Berkeley, California, USA - MAY 30, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Clear medium brown with almost no head. Caramel, molasses, and strong vanilla aroma and taste with some oak notes to the finish, but overall too sweet.
SudsMcDuff (5322) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - MAY 30, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
on Tap @ the Foundry, KC .. . Pours a dark copper gold, great foam, decent lacing .. . mostly sappy wood, oak, and vanilla .. . smooth as silk, powerful and tasty .. . i like it .. . Flying is learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss..
5000 (5606) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAY 28, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle: Deep amber, fairly clear, moderate sandy colored foamy head, spotty lacing. Nose reminds me of wort, well sweet wort. Combine that with some burnt brown sugar and dark pitted fruit. Weird, this one smells like the mash process, but sweeter. Hmmm... Ugh... yeah, this one tastes unfinished. Its sweet, almost cloying, with a strong wort like flavor profile. I love beer, I really do, but when I smell wort I want to gag. This beer isn’t helping. Oh boy... now that this one has warmed up its a little tough to drink. Make sure to drink this one cold, very cold. Body and mouthfeel, while sticky, seems moderate. After each sip I am looking for something to kill this flavor. Jarlsberg cheese it is! Still, this beer just tastes like sweet fruity wort juice. I have several breweries near my residence and this aroma is very common, perhaps without as much sweetness. Body and mouthfeel are moderate, despite this one being a little clingy. No wonder I had to trade this one from the east coast. Cuvee 1 & 2 made it out here, but 3 never did. I think I know why. Thanks Jeff for the opportunity to try this one!