SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 16, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. bottle, thanks to slob for this trade! Pours a beautiful garnet-amber color when held to light with a small, rapidly dissapating head. Aroma is heavy on the hops, pine and grapefruit, with sweet undertones - brown sugar, toasty malts and alcohol. The flavor is big, bad and unrepentant - as Iíd expect from a 3Fís brew. Sweet and full bodied, yet extremely hoppy - caramel and hints of maple along with lots of grapefruit hops, pepper, woody astringency, pine juice and lots of alcohol, though itís quite well hidden. Full body and mellow carbonation. Nice!
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 2, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle that I picked up at the release at the brewery. I have been saving this for a while at the advice of many that once claimed that it was too young. So I saved it until the end of March, nearly 9 months of aging. Had it to celebrate the end of 75 hour work weeks of medicine. Nice treat to end it with.
Hazy ruby/amber with a big quickly discipating off-ivory head that fades to a thin long lasting rim. Nose very full of malts alcohol plums and caramelized sugar. Hops not so much intiailly but as it wars they pick up. The taste initially is tangy, strong with alcohol, citrusy hops and malts. The middle is much more genel with malt and alcohol then fades into strong vapros of alcohol and crisp hoppy spice with grapefruit towards the back. The end is a rush of hops barley and produces kind of an evergreen flavor. Imagine climbing a pine tree as a kid, then later you eat something without washing your hands. That sticky sharp pine just covers everything. Wonderful really.
Darkover (1534) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 31, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Clear ruby red with a small beige head. Strong piney citrus hop and caramel aroma and flavor with some chocolate and toffee note.
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAR 29, 2006
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Degarth comes over the top to bust this bad boy out towards the finish of our tasting. I was drunk as fuck at this point, so my notes didnít turn out too well. I do remember with 100% of my mind that it was one of the best beers I had ever had at the time I had this. Knowing that I was drunk I dialed a friend and tried to describe it to him, but my speech was impaired as well. Anyways here is what I got: Ruby red with a tan head. Aroma was citrus or citrus rinds. Beautiful citrus rinds. Ah good hops and shit. Drunk hops and shit. Flavor = 9 + 5. Thanks Degarth this one ruled!
lachesis (757) - St Idesbald, BELGIUM - MAR 28, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Hazy, deep amberish-red beer with a quick disappearing yellowish head. The aroma has sweet barley accents but has also hints of with sugar coated nuts, fine XO-Cognac, milk bread, spices like Massis Banda, cardemom, and cinnamon. Also touches of a cigare box,Marroccan dried fruits, wild flowers, humide forrest soil and refreshing citrussy hops. The taste is wine-like (Marsalla), sweet malty, complex fruity (figgs, dates, confit díorange) and has the nice warming up from a top quality brown Rhum. In the afthertaste the refreshing bitter accents are comming up. Again hints of wild flowers, citrussy hops, fresh herbs, nut-peel and exotic spices are working wonderwell with the pessents but not overpowering warmth of the sweet alcohol. A great brew that lingers on.
JorisPPattyn (9165) - Ursel, BELGIUM - MAR 26, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Red-amber beer with orange-amber head, gone in seconds. Rich, vinous, brandy-like nose. Grapes, ripe fruit as apricots and a lot of alcohol. Further aroma of lavender or rosemary. Earthy, vinous, mouldy (in the nicest possible way), mushrooms, refined citrus flavours. Hops retronasal: dry, imposing, but not dominating. Lots of malts underneath, coloured malts, rich. Resiny hops make up the balance; Rich, velvety, nearly buttery and superbly sensual MF, and a LOT of alcohol. A truly worthy BW. Well balanced, imposing but not pretentious, which is a bit a 3F problem...
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 22, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Iíve been waiting a long time to try this. Recently, I was fortunate enough to cross paths with 2 bottles within a couple of weeks of each other. Huge hops all over. Could very easily be mistaken for a double IPA. Very much worth the wait.
Boutip (5695) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 20, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Poured a clear light brown color ale with a medium size white head with good retention. Aroma of citrus hops is easily distinguishable with a nice strong malt presence to back it up. Taste is well balance mix between sweet malt with a strong presence of citrus and floral hops. Body is lighter then expected and alcohol is well hidden. Probably a bit too much hops for my personal taste but very good nonetheless.
jtw (1150) - farmington, Michigan, USA - MAR 19, 2006
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: MAR 30, 2006 hops ooze out of every crevice in this one - resinous hop syrup body, itís almost offensively hoppy. extremely bitter throughout, and if i hadnít had someone to share the 22 oz with, i donít think i would have finished it. drinking it was a chore, although this beer could be good in small doses.... i enjoy the malt profile, but simply too much hops for a barley wine. ugh, iíll stick to some more balanced barley wines.
Brodie (540) - Boone, North Carolina, USA - MAR 18, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hops stand out in the aroma - resiny, piney, and peach-grapefruit citrusy; alcohol is next - peppery and fruity with a slight burn; and lastly there is some caramel malt to provide some balance. Clear ruby-amber color, thin wisps of off-white head linger, but very little head formation or retention overall. Caramel-fruity sweetness overpowered by resiny hop bitterness in the flavor - big flavors all around, with bitterness winning out in the end. Full body, some hop-derived astringency and mild alcohol burn, moderate carbonation - not really easy-drinking, but less harsh than some other barleywines. Overall, this is a big, in-your-face barleywine. Imagine a souped-up car stereo - everything is cranked to the max, the whole car is shaking, but it is high quality system - loud but little distortion. Is it too loud? Thatís a matter of personal taste - but this is definietly barleywine cranked to the max.