fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 28, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle pours dark brown medium light tan head. Aroma is strange metallic, wax and some booze. Flavor is very fruity. Strawberry, lots of honey and sour peach. Interesting, but good.
decaturstevo (5340) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - APR 25, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Brown pour with tan head and lace. Earthy peaty aroma. Paint, sour, dirt flavor. A thin and watery beer. Not much
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - APR 11, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours a mahogany body with an off white head. Dark fruit initially, raisins, spicy, plums and cinnamon. But the texture of the palate is really waxy and plastic like, very drying the champagne yeast creates an almost olive like tone. This really different comparatively i preferred the previous version.
hopscotch (9896) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 8, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle… RBWG ‘10… Pours mostly clear and very dark. Sits black in the glass. Very little head to mention. Regarding the aroma; I’m unable to pull anything from my sample. Certainly inoffensive; just not much going on olfactory-wise. Medium-bodied and a touch oily with modest carbonation. Lots of chocolate and caramel sweetness is nicely balanced by fairly tart, woody acidity. Low bitterness. Finishes tangy and sweet. An odd bird, this barley wine. I wonder how many Struise beers I’ve felt this way about. Certainly an entertaining brewery. Thanks to fata2683 and the guys at Struise for providing the bottle!
drowland (6580) - Georgia, USA - APR 7, 2010
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Big thanks to fata for bringing this to RBWG 2010! The aroma is vinegar and boozy and the flavor is sweet and sour phenolics, plasticky, powdery, not a huge fan.
bu11zeye (12072) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAR 30, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(750ml bottle) Pours a dark brown (near black) body with a medium tan head. Aroma of champagne yeast, caramel, vinous, and mustiness. Flavor of red licorice, caramel, fruit, champagne, alcohol, and vinegar. I prefer the original Aardmonnik/Earthmonk.
harrisoni (14509) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - MAR 29, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Pre ZBF 2010. Earthmonk with champagne yeast. It is weird. Biscuity. Almost not sour at all. Very bready from the champagne yeast. It’s odd and that is the word that I kept saying as I drank it and talked about it. Good bread/yeast, some brandy like characters. But not really like Earthmonk at all. Odd, as I say, but I found the bready character very drinkable.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAR 27, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Date: March 13, 2010
Source: Tasting, RBWG 2010
Appearance: clear brown, wispy head, bits of lace
Aroma: tart chocolate and caramel aroma, deep fruityness
Flavor: tart fruity flavor, caramel sweetness, touch of chocolate, long tart finish
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
Score: **+ /4
cgarvieuk (15964) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 23, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Pre-ZBF ... deep black ... raisin and prune nose ... chocolate malts ... roat malts ... deep dark fruits ... little toffee ... little vanilla... pretty good
smith4498 (3172) - Miami, Florida, USA - MAR 22, 2010
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
RBWG 2010. Pours dark reddish brown with thin tan head. Fruity and sour aroma. Flavors of vinegar, dark fruit, wood and strange mustiness. Medium body with soft carbonation. Not very good by Struise standards.