Leighton (8751) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 30, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, 2007; drank in 2010. Pours a red-gold with a moderate, off-white head. Sweet aroma with bread, caramel, light toffee, some ripe fruits. Sweet flavor with notes of plum, caramel, spice, cherries, apple, rye bread, with light citrus hops towards the end. Nicely attenuated. Medium to full bodied with calm carbonation. Lightly warming. Finishes with sweet maltiness. A very good Barley Wine.
Nena (963) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 12, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A surprsingly light gold pour with a little white head on it. Aroma is sweet with light crackery rye. Spicy, pepper rye flavors are pretty dominant on this along with more typical barley wine sweet, caramelized sugar flavors, but overall it feels a bit harsh on the palate. The alcohol is very strong on this and brings it down a bit, but otherwise I liked the strong rye presence.
mrmekon (100) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 12, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pour reddish gold, full, long-lasting, off-white head. Aroma is malty, rye, cranberry, smells like a sour ale. Taste is rich, sweet malt with strong sherry notes and cranberry on the finish. Alcohol taste is very present, too strong, makes the end a little sour. Mouthfeel is very creamy, pretty high carbonation.
riversideAK (5557) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JUN 12, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Odd nose - rye, some estery sweetness, sugary , alcohol, spicy peppery notes/rye. Pale gold, creamy white head. Flavor is sweet, rye, light spicy notes, touch of oxidation, weird estery, almost a little salty flavors. Smooth, creamy body, kind of light. Some alcohol in there as well. Decent.
Hoptagon (239) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - MAY 7, 2010
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz. Bottle. Anniversary release from 2007. Sat on this one for a long time hoping that it would improve with age. Have to say that it is still a pretty disappointing beer and easily the worst of the Weyerbacher anniversary offerings. Color is coppery with a surprising amount of carbonation for a three year old beer. Nose is dominated by something similar to turpentine and some rye malt aroma. Flavor is marginally better than the aroma, but is still has too much alcohol heat. Shows some dark fruit character from the malt and definitely has that oddball strong grainy flavor typically associated with rye malt. At a 50% ratio, the rye flavor is so strong that it pushes everything else into the background. Even five minutes after finishing my glass, my mouth still tastes like it was attacked by a loaf of rye from a Jewish deli. Mouthfeel is decent with a slight syrupy feel and the finish is relatively smooth. Maybe good for those who love over the top rye beers, but this one was overkill for me.
r464 (1655) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 1, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Coppery gold with an aged sweetness. Strong without completely knocking you down. I think that this one should have aged well.
bu11zeye (11740) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - APR 22, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(22oz bottle) Pours a clear golden body with a small off-white head. Aroma of caramel, herbs, maple, cherry, and raisins. Flavor of cherry, raisins, plum, toffee, and caramel.
italianjohn (2164) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 16, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Copper clear with some sediment ..... off white head .... aroma of white wine, fruits and rye .... tastes a lot like white wine with an apple/pear taste, honey, sweet malt and rye ... a different taste aged very well and had well balanced flavors .... bottle marked 2007
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - MAR 31, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle thanks to bu11zeye. poured light gold and when swirled had some great legs. aroma and flavor were honey, citrus, and grain.
SphinxTX (2875) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - MAR 25, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle thanks to Bu11zeye. Pours a light hazy gold with small white fizzy head. Aroma of light honey, some fruit, light malt. Flavor is sweet, a touch of honey, malt, fruit. Mouth feel is medium body with a creamy mouth feel. Overall, not all that bad.