riversideAK (5625) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - DEC 16, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big strong nose. Candied citrus, toasted malts, toffee, caramel, earth, wood, alcohol. Reddish amber pour, bubbly beige head, super sticky lace. Super layered flavors. Complex. Fruity sweetness up front - plums perhaps, pears, apples. Candy citrus comes through folowed by toasted dark bread, earthy chewy bitter hops round out the finish with some alcohol bite. Full body, good carbonation, bitey finish. Dry and sweet. Hot, but in a good way if that’s possible. Nice stuff here.
popery (1450) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 8, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at City Beer Store, San Francisco. I wandered into CBS earlier and found myself in the middle of Speakeasy’s release party for their new line of bombers. This excellent barleywine was on tap. It pours a dusky, reddish brown with a small off-white head. The aroma was caramel malt, sherry, apricots, booze and raisins. The flavor was relatively dry for the abv and style, although I still call it fairly sweet in a more general sense. At any rate, I was expecting a sticky mess and was happily surprised. There was some booze but better than expected. I’m sure production costs are a tad higher than Old Godfather, but I’d love to see them bottle this beer. It’s a treat, and I’m sure that it would just get better with age. While the rest of their lineup isn’t bad by any means, this is the first beer from Speakeasy to really impress me.
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 8, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap @ Pizza Port Strong Ale Fest 2009. Pours a deep cola brown with a small beige ring. Nose is quite sweet with candied apricots, pears and a good amount of caramel, toffee and booze. Very heavy and full on the palate, tons of caramel and booze.
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - DEC 6, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at PP Strong Ale Festiva 2009. Listed as 13.7%. Amber color. Reminds me of Double Bastard. Deliciously hoppy and malty. Very good.