jzzbassman (1587) - Arlington, Texas, USA - FEB 8, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz. Poured a murky amber with red highlights and a thin cola like head. Sweet biscuit nose, with a bit of nuttiness and a lot of alcohol. Flavor is sweet, somehow cloying despite the thin body, although it does have some interesting notes of spice, fruit, and brown sugar.
alexsdad06 (9004) - Ohio, USA - FEB 7, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 oz. bottle. Pours a clear dark copper color with a small beige head. The aroma had an early strange vegetal note that was quickly overcome by the caramel malts and moderate nuttiness. The flavor was moderately sweet caramel malt, slight citrus with decent bitterness in the finish. Medium bodied. I haven’t had many Alts, but the idea of a double alt seems wrong.
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - JAN 16, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle thanks to bhensonb. poured dark amber with a soapy off white head and some lace. aroma was caramel malt, brown sugar, some dark fruit, and pancake batter. flavor was caramel, brown sugar, and dark fruits. body was mediumly watery if that makes sense. not real impressed with widmer offerings as of yet.
TheSponge (342) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - JAN 12, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22 oz. bottle purchased at Olson’s Food Emporium in Lynnwood, WA. Pours a dark reddish brown with an off-white head. Aroma: Sweet malt, molasses, and dried fruit. Flavor: Same as the aroma, but no molasses, and a hint of hops.
Nena (963) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 30, 2009
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours brown with a moderate beige head that fell to a thin film, leaving a little lacing as I drank. Sweet malty aroma. Has a very caramelly, brown sugar flavor, with a toastiness. The sweet side of this is not unlike a good brown sugar cookie. The spicy, moderately bitter hops balance out the strong sweetness well. Has a moderately rich mouthfeel and a light, not too harsh alcohol finish. I went into this expecting to dislike it and was pleasantly surprised.
yemenmocha (659) - Glendale, Arizona, USA - DEC 12, 2009
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours medium brown with a suggestion of amber to red in there as well. Head is tan, thick, and retains well.
Nose has some bready notes, caramel/toffee, and fruit that mixes in and almost reminds me of black forest cake.
Palate is disappointing with the alcohol shining through so much. Some warm caramel to brown sugar sweetness is noted, and overall the body is fairly nice, but the alcohol heat kicks in midway through the finish and spoils the show for me.
3fourths (9136) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 5, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle. dark tawny brown, clear. patchy toasted bread crust of a head. nose is heavy caramel malt: vanilla extract, maple, caramel and toffee, light touch of wood, noble hops impart a rough aromatic texture without any sort of grassyness that would interfere with the malt. medium to full body, frothy and chewy with a rough edge of noble hop bitterness and toasted bread crusts. surprisingly drinkable, perhaps widmer got lucky with this one or perhaps it’s more of a mood beer with me, but at the time I enjoyed it. could do without the small amount of metal/glass bottle flavor that was present but overall it was better than expected.
hayduke (4919) - Eureka, California, USA - OCT 29, 2009
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: OCT 30, 2009 From a 22 oz bottle this poured a very dark mahogany color with a tan head and light lacing. Nose of malts and ripe fruit. Mouthfeel slick and gooey. The flavor starts out with molasses and raisins, and finished lightly bitter. But it is the finish that fails with this brew. It begins to taste like cough syrup and alcohol. You want to go wash your mouth out.
poisoneddwarf (2283) - Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho, USA - OCT 17, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber. Aroma of sweet malt, raisins; I’ve had barleywines which smell pretty similar to this. Pours dark brown with a decent head, decent lacing. What do ya know, it tastes like barleywine, with raisins and molasses being the dominant flavors. Hop bitterness, alcohol in the aftertaste. Not too bad.
Tejas (977) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 10, 2009
1.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 4/20
Wow, what a mess. Completely overdone. No balance. Way to alcohol hot and flavor. Terrible dry palate.