zapprentice (314) - East Setauket, New York, USA - MAR 2, 2009
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Not the largest fan of the variety, but this beer surprised me. Crisp flavor. Hops nice and smooth to the tongue.
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 19, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Aroma of citrus and generally tropical fruits, floral hops, sourdough malt. Flavor a nice display of the hops on a rich, lightly nutty, doughnut malt base. Crisp, hoppy, and sweet, well-rounded. A fan of this variety of winter ale.
Bockyhorsey (2609) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - FEB 18, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at the Bockyhorsey tasting, Caramel aroma hits the nose. Amber body. Carmel thickness and moderately sweet. Good winter warmer berr.
mcox90 (1428) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 16, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle courtesy of Douglas88. Pours a lovely deep amber color with a 1/2" off white head. Aroma is fruity hops and caramel. Nice substantial palate. Flavor is fruity/floral hops with a nice sweet background of caramel & brown sugar. Nice balance of sweet and hop bite. Very enjoyable.
Rusty (1533) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - FEB 13, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle sampled at bockyhorseys place. Pours a nice ruby reddish brown with a tan head. Aroma of hops and caramel. Flavor is Hops, caramel, bread. Earthy finish and quite sweet.
nbutler11 (1263) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - FEB 9, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle at bockyhorsey’s pad. Pours a deep amber color with a beige head. Looks and smells a bit like a dark IPA - loaded with grapefruity hops. Smooth in flavor with a note of figgy pudding. Nice, but the sweetness grows to be a bit cloying.
Cletus (6322) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 7, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle courtesy of douglas88. Pours brown with a thin white head. Smells of caramel, earthy, pepper. Tastes sweet and spicy with a light earthy finish.
EricE (1368) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - FEB 6, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Ruby red tinted brown pour. Very clear and crisp with a nice thick light tan head. Piny hop aroma. Hints of sweet citrus, Very dry bitter flavor. Some caramel malt. Very bitter finish with alcohol. Crisp, but a little heavy.
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - FEB 2, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to douglas88. Pours a dark color that resembles cherrywood varnish with a thin khaki head. The aroma is sweet and hoppy with some goond tangerine and pine notes, some brown sugar, burnt caramel, and a hint of leather. The flavor is some general piney hops with a current of caramel and toffee beneath it. Some grapefruit qualities emerge after a few sips, as well as a faint hazelnut note. The finish is dry and pleasantly hoppy. This here is a pretty good brew.
nickd717 (3400) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 26, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Wasatch Brew Pub. For my money, this and Uinta Anniversary Barleywine are the best Utah has to offer. Medium- to dark-brown color with tan head. Hoppy and spicy aroma. Flavor is caramel malt, some roastiness, spices, coffee, maple, and hops on the finish. Very tasty and satisfying.