GT2 (8160) - San Diego County, California, USA - FEB 27, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
651mL shared by TheBeerSommelier at RBWG JAX Grand Tasting. Thank you Matt! Rating #5300 for me. Pours a full haze, deep orange. Bubbles, no head formation. Nose is oxidized, minty, moving to straight up aged Engish barleywine like JW Lees or Thomas Hardyís. Toffee, wood, caramelized orange peel, cognac, Grand Marnier, red sweet cherries. Taste is papery, older, showing signs of oxidation and age. There is still a minty and hoppy barleywine character present with sweet cherry fruit juice. Very fun to try this rarity. Semi still holding up, but you should drink it if you own one.
decaturstevo (4851) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - FEB 23, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deep copper pour with light thread of lace around the top. Aroma is dark brown sugar and dried fruit. Huge dried fruit, brown sugar, and a nice abv warmth on the back end. Full bodied and smooth. thanks Matt
b3shine (5124) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 23, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber to taster at the RBWG Winter Gathering (thanks thebeersommelier). Looks good for the style; a fairly transparent amberish orange with thin off-white lacing. Smells good; candied dark fruit. Tastes like it smells, but slightly less pronounced. Good on the palate. This is good beer.
dimenhetfield (2487) - , Florida, USA - JAN 8, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared at a recent tasting. So Iíve been chasing this white whale for some time now and was finally able to score a bottle, but was a little hesitant since Iíve read that it may be past itís prime. Past itís prime.... Not in my eyes. The booze has definitely mellowed out but the banana flavor is still everywhere. Caramel and malt are still pretty strong as well and everything seemed pretty well balanced in my eyes.
Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - OCT 6, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Served in Founders Snifter. Shared with a few other people.
A: Pours a semi-hazy copper and amber mixture with a thin off-white head that dissipates into some swirls on top.
S: Lots of bubblegum yeast with some slight banana as well. Nice candied sugars a little booze as well.
T: The oxidation is present with a slight wet cardboard flavor, but there is still really nice notes of sweet sugars, bubble gum and banana. Little booze on the backend.
M: Medium bodied with a coating moutfeel. Very slight heat on the backend, a little on low side carbonation wise.
O: While there was oxidation present it didnít take away too much from the yeasty and sweet flavors. Am I glad I went out of my to get this? Yes. Would I do it again? Probably not.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 10-30-2011
Huhzubendah (2398) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 3, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Just found my notes on this guy! I, in my infinite wisdom, decided to crack this beast open well into the night at a tasting I hosted last summer.
Scrawled in my notebook, my notes are exactly as follows:
Strong abv throughout
In retrospect, that about sums up this beer. Huge, gargantuan, palate attacking (see the label), sweet, strong, bold flavor.
"They were who we thought they were." - Dennis Green
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 12-22-2010
alexsdad06 (5236) - Ohio, USA - SEP 11, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle shared by Michael. Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a small off white head. The nose is a bit boozy with big sweet malts, caramel, dark ripe fruits and a touch of banana. There is a bit of oxidation, but less than I might have expected. The flavor had big sweet malts, caramel, vanilla, bourbon notes and some oxidation. I thought for its age this is holding up nicely. Thanks for the taste!
jrallen34 (3478) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 28, 2011
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
bottle shared generously at the Jackie Oís release... pours a dirty gold with lots of copper, whispy off white head... the nose is hot, canít believe how boozy after all this time... tastes really boozy as well, not much going on... at this age is time to pass
hollardustin (327) - Indiana, USA - AUG 21, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours dark gold/orange with a bit of haze. Smells of booze, bananas, and belgian yeast. Taste is very complex with strong booze, light caramel, belgian yeast, lots of candi sugar and banana notes. A really big beer but amazingly drinkable.
fbm115 (183) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 14, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
thanks to Greg for the opportunity. Pours a light carmel brown color with a small head. Smell is of a lot of yeast esters. banana, spice wheaty malt. clean smell overall. Taste is very malty but not overly sweet. itís sweet but the banana, spice yeast esters and a bitterness rounds out the sweetness. Mouthfeel is full and rich with a bit of heat but not too much. Overall very enjoyable sampling.