FlacoAlto (4013) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 6, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled July 2014
A steady pour into my teku glass produces a thick, three-finger thick, The beer is a concentrated amber / brown color that shows a opaque when held up towards the light. The aroma smells of tart fruit (apricot perhaps) predominantly. If you dig around for a bit some other notes start to come out, but you definitely have to dig for them; toasted / roasted brown malt notes, and perhaps some caramelized brown bread notes are noticeable as well, but really it is tart, apricot notes that dominate the nose. As I get used to it, there is a suggestion of cherry fruit notes in the nose as well. There is a certain mustiness that comes through after some time as well.
The beer is very fizzy, and finishes on the tart side from what one might expect. There is a significant Bourbon barrel presence here though, and it contributes notes of toasted coconut, vanillin, and lightly spicy, woody oak flavors. The body is quite a bit thinner than I might have expected, though I wouldn’t call it watery. Toasted / roasted malt notes combine with the oak character to add some astringency to the finish, and the Bourbon adds some heat / bite to the finish as well. The finish does have a touch of sweetness to it that accentuates the vanillin notes, the apricot flavors, and some touches of brown sugar laden caramelized malt notes.
The aroma is surprisingly dominated by fruity, tart, apricot aromas; from such a strong beer I was expecting a richer malt and barrel presence in the nose. The flavor seems a bit washed out from what one would expect of a rich, malty, English Barleywine; in fact this is certainly not a rich, malty beer at all. I like that the Bourbon barrel treatment is fairly subtle.
XmnwildX12 (2079) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - JUN 19, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Has a really nice apricot and caramelized sugar aroma. Taste is some wood and some nice apricot flavors, bit thin for a barrel aged beer, not bad.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
ryanfolty (2141) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - JUN 19, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
June 19, 2015 - bottle via trade. Brown pour with lots of head. Aroma was light fruit, bourbon and caramel. Taste was heavy on the fruit and a nice balance of caramel and bourbon.
BVery (8226) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - JUN 19, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber shared by Folty - thanks! Aroma is caramel, apricot, mild bourbon. Sweet taste from the apricot and booze. Lively carbonation - gusher bottle. Digging this.
Ernesto987 (4886) - Arizona, USA - MAR 30, 2015
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
meh, another sweet cloying bomb. I got diabeetus after this one, why do i keep trying them. one thing is for sure, ill never buy one.
Dr_Fellini (938) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - JAN 6, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle to glass. Pours a deep nut brown color with chunks of sediment and a big active light tan head. Aroma is tart, light malts. Flavor is a complex blend of light tartness and light bourbon, vanilla. Excellent lingering light tartness and bourbon notes. I’m blown away by the low ratings for this beer. It definitely deserves better. Very tasty.
teorn88 (4083) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 28, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Backlog rating. 75cl bottle at the Chriso’s May tasting, London. It pours a murky light brown color with a small tan head. Aroma is sweet, biscuity and fruity, with notes of ripe apricots, apricots, jam, light tangy, bready, caramel, Taste is again sweet and fruity, lightly yeasty, notes of caramel, vanilla, dried apricots, ripe peaches, floral, lightly roasty. Light alcohol feeling in the finish. Medium bodied with ok carbonation. Overall, simple but tasty
hopscotch (10228) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 20, 2014
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle... Hazy burnt-caramel pour with a mid-sized, creamy, off-white head. Good retention. The aroma offers notes of fuzzy stone-fruits, caramel, coconut and vanilla. Medium to full-bodied with fizzy carbonation. The flavor is a bit off in its presentation of caramel, bourbon and woody- fruity- infected tanginess. Finishes lightly tart and tongue-numbing. Infected but not in an awful way. Maybe just the dawn of infection at this point. Glad we drank this sooner than later. Bottle courtesy of ctipping!
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - OCT 31, 2014
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at 10 East. The beer has a murky brown body, minimal khaki head. Aroma has multiple layers. French toast, buttery, apricots, molasses, and oak. Caramel apple flavors dipped in apricot syrup, vanilla, and alcohol. Seems a bit unbalanced, but there’s enough going on that I enjoyed it.
fluffy (1978) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - SEP 29, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aroma is stone fruit and bourbon, flavor is same, some vanilla and wood too. Neat concept.