joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 21, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bright dark amber w/ creamy finger of pale tan foam. Aroma of grassy hops & sticky caramel. Light, mildly sticky feel. Flavours are well-balanced w/ a light herbal spiciness.
porterhouse (1580) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - MAY 17, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
(11.2 oz bottle from <A HREF=http://www.ratebeer.com/Place/maine/portland/ target=blank>Downeast Beverage Co.) This beer pours a murky, dark iced tea color with about 1 1/2" of biscuit head. Has a pretty intense brown sugar aroma with a bit of fruity hops discernible as head recedes. Some bits of lacing that don’t last long. Mouthfeel is big, warm, smooth and full. The flavor is big brown sugar and malt. Finishes with just the slightest hint of bitterness, and very, very slight hint of sour. No alcohol apparency. I loved this one right from the start.
OldMrCrow (2321) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 14, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 25, 2006 From the (elegant!) bottle.
Pours a slightyly orange-brown amber, with an ample just-off-white head.
The aroma is terrific - rich caramels, apricots, a pinch of agar, maybe some detergent, a whiff of alcohol; the beer really shines in its flavor, which is somewhat sweet, caramel with abundant orchard stone-fruit; rich with a pleasing bitter walnut turn on the finish. Mouthfeel is full, creamy, rich, and thoroughly enjoyable; the alcohol buirn is masterfully hidden so that one tastes a 7% burn while enjoying a beer with a 10% palate.
As the beer warms to room temperature, it comes to its full glory. This is a lovely beer, well described by the commercial comparison to a barley wine. I’ll be back.
dkoonce (911) - People’s Republic of Athens, Ohio, USA - MAY 7, 2006
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark amber with a slight haze. The head is light tan and fine. The aroma is musty and rich with malt and dried plums dominating. The body is heavy with a strong malt flavor that drowns out everything else.
BBB63 (6510) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - APR 22, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle and served in my GL snifter: Pours a ruddy brown with a nice tan head and very good lace. The aroma has notes of white raisins, crab apple, caramel and toasted malting, herbal hops, hint of pipe smoke, and a dusty yeast ester.
The taste starts with a heavy dose of malt and fruit but is interestingly supported by some grassy and lightly peppery hop. Strange that I get more of a fig character which was not on the nose throughout the flavor profile. The aftertaste is a bit oxidize and "barleywine-ish". Needs to air out and settle for full flavor integration. The feel is sticky and surprisingly sharp, dry and woody on the finish with even some acidic twang. Are you sure this is not barrel aged because it sure seems so?
This grew on me as the first taste was not so nice but as I adjusted it became a nicely drinkable dopple/alt/barleywine hybrid.
theshocker (329) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - APR 14, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark with a hint of rid. Small off-white head. Malty nose, hints of chocolate and raisin. Well balanced flavor, big malt and german hops. Smooth finish. Thick, chewy mouthfeel. This is pretty awesome.
jercraigs (9253) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 12, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Brown body with a big creamy head that fades fairly quickly. Sweet malty aroma of caramel and light notes of toasty malt. Flavour is malt dominant, quite sweet with lots of caramel with a light malty tang/bite that is pleasant. Alcohol is virtually invisible aside from a warming feeling in the throat and the aftertaste. Medium palate is quite smooth. Lacks complexity t times, but it is delightful in its simplicity.
BitchesBrew (715) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 28, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
[bottle dated 4/18.. 05?] Dark brown color, short but dense head makes its way down the glass. Aroma is grassy hops. Flavors are wonderfully smooth, caramel malts, chocolate, and roasty sweetness. Hops finish things off in an unexpected way, but seem to balance things out. Alcohol content is very well hidden. This is an excellent brew- a very nice surprise.
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - MAR 22, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled on date is not clear. Brown/ruby. Modest, frothy, tan head. Nose of dark fruits, roasted caramel/toffee, oats, cloves. Beautiful aroma. Same flavors with graham crackers in the middle, crisp, floral hops and subtle alcohol in the finish. Smooth, medium/full body. "German barley wine" works. Excellent brew, dangerously drinkable.
PorterPounder (6987) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAR 14, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Knightly Spirits, Orlando, Fl. 11.5 oz popper-stop bottle. Dark brown pour with a thin, light, off-white bubbly head. Sweet, intoxicating aroma with hints of rum, raisins and molasses. Very reminiscent of many a German Dopplebock. Flavor has some raisins, molasses, chocolate. Afraid that it might turn cloying near the end - but stays true and strong to the finish. Alcohol is noticed - but not distracting. Very thick mouthfeel - chewy. Overall, excellent.