punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - AUG 7, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to DuffManSW. Opaque mahogany pour with almost no head. Rich over-ripe dark fruit aroma with heavily charred oak. The flavor has lots of charred oak, vanilla, very ripe dark fruit, smoke and is quite boozy. The body is very oily with low carbonation. The heaviness and lack of carbonation just made this beer seem very unbalanced.
notalush (5716) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 6, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This beer marks a special occasion for me - this is officially my last rating as a New York ratebeerian - I guess itís good to go out with something big - what can I say, New York? - youíve been good to me - Iíve met some great people, and had some great beers - kind of like this one - well...I wouldnít really call this great, but it is interesting, and quite approachable for itís size - kind of like you, New York - youíre big, perhaps a little too big for your own good, and a little too crowded, but I guess thatís what makes you fun - kind of like this beer - itís so much that you need to take it in small doses, or risk overexerting yourself - itís also got that prematurely old vibe - kind of like you, New York - yes, I suppose I will miss you, but not enough to want to revisit you that often - kind of like this beer...etc. etc. (I suppose I should actually say something about the beer before I sign off here - I will echo Eugene in saying that this reminds me of a British barleywine that is at least 6 years old - how they pulled that off in a beer that is no more than 1 year old is in itself astonishing - however, that doesnít make it great - a lot of raisin and fig, molasses, chocolate - some vinous, oaky notes - some oxidation - ends with drier, sherry-like notes - quite good, but as I said, not great).
beastiefan2k (3509) - HdG (past: NYC, KS, Rain City), Maryland, USA - AUG 5, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
There is like a double layer of wax on this bottle, man that is a huge pain in the ass. Barely a pop on the bottle and then a flat pour. Where is Tomme Arthur when you need him? The color is watered down day old coffee, which means dark oily brown. The beer is exactly what one should expect; its light cardboard (aged), with burnt raisin, and definite oxidation, which must be the quarter barrel (more so on the nose than the palate). Its strong, old [ale], with present alcohol. The alcohol isnít bad, feel it in the back of the throat as it goes down. The mouthfeel is obviously still and not heavy. This already reminds me of some British barleywines that are 5+ years old. Its doable stuff as long as you know what you are getting into.
750mL, black wax bottle in a Melbourne Bros. glass.
DocLock (9905) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 4, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours Dark brownish mahogany and muddy, thoroughly opaque, with minimal head that goes away quickly, never to return. Nose is complex, sour mashy fruit, oaky bourbon, raisins, figs. Tastes somewhat on the sweet side, with figgy fruit, cherry, tobacco, raisin, oak, vanilla, and spirity flavors. Well hidden alcohol, but does get hot late. Gets a bit too sweet after the repour, but is very complex and a wonderfully unique and enjoyable beer.
GodOfThunder (1249) - Orlando, Florida, USA - AUG 4, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to The Cheeseman. Clear amber, low carbonation. Amazing complexity in the aroma and flavor. Wood, bourbon, vanilla, black licorice, figs, dark cherries, raisins, alcohol, more vanilla and oak and bourbon. This beer is fantastic.
Enniskillen (2045) - Salinas, California, USA - AUG 2, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Foggy brown, loose head. Aroma is bourbon, oak, alcohol, apple, prune juice, toffee, vanilla. Taste is alcohol, malt, residual sugar, caramel, prune juice.
IrishBoy (4096) - Bakersfield, California, USA - AUG 1, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle from Hollingshead Deli. Nose is oak, prunes, yeast, and molasses. Murky dark brown with very little head. Flavor is slightly sweet raisin pie with some oaky vanilla. Alcohol well covered if this is 14.5%.
zathrus13 (1764) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - JUL 31, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours cloudy brown, with no head. Aroma is vanilla, oak, malt, dark fruit, bourbon, and alcohol. Flavor is dark fruit, vanilla, malt, alcohol, bourbon, and toffee. Starts sweet, but ends a little dry. Nice, but some agfe would probably help.
Nuffield (4059) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUL 31, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2009. Murky, lovely appearance. Alcohol but woody and grape notes, beautiful complexity. Hot, definitely hot, but excellent. Bottle shared at RBSG 2009 grand tasting.
redlight (2318) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUL 29, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Big cherry and vanilla, hints of oak, molasses, dark fruits, dates, plums on the nose. Pours cloudy dark amber no head. Very rich flavors, molasses, caramel, spices, dark fruits, figs and prunes, very rich thereís a lot going on, definitely get a lot of the alcohol in the flavor. Man extremely rich.