JaBier (4332) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - MAY 17, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample at the Widmer tasting at Blacklick Wine & Spirits on 5/12/11. Pours clear brown with a medium tan head. Aroma of rum-filled chocolates, caramel, fruit and a bit of hop. Caramel and chocolate malt flavor with a grassy hop finish.
savnac (2364) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - MAY 15, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 oz bottle. Clear reddish mahogany with a tiny beige head. Pleasant aroma of tropical fruit, citrus, pine and some caramel. Flavor of sweet caramel malt with a firm hop bitterness and light medicinal, alcohol in the finish. Medium body with low carbonation and a syrupy mouth feel. Not my favorite type of Barley wine, a bit sweet and hot which lowers the drinkability for me.
hopdog (8241) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 14, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle. Poured a deep amber, almost brown color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of caramel, dark fruits, some floral hoppiness, and a little toasty. Tastes of caramel, dark fruits, brown sugar, nuts, floral and citrus. Alcohol content overall well hidden.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - MAY 12, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap @ Bittercreek, Boise, ID: Pours a nice dark brown with a tan head. The nose is fresh and resinous with crisp hops and caramel malts. Thick big mouthfeel with a light roasty quality but more melanoidins and dark rich malts. The finish is fruity and caramelized, nice cherry and toffee notes. Big crisp hoppy finish too. Big. Would be nice to age some of this.
bu11zeye (11740) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAY 9, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(22oz bottle, courtesy of blutt59) Pours a clear deep amber body with a small cream head. Aroma of grass, pineapple, herbs, caramel, stomach acid, and weed. Flavor of grass, raisins, herbs, candi sugar, light pine, and caramel.
blutt59 (5913) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 6, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle, opaque orange amber color with a big citrus hoppy nose, flavor is bright pineapple, tropical fruit, much more a good IIPA
Tmoney99 (9610) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 30, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Poured clear reddish brown color with a moderate frothy off-white head that mostly diminished with fair lacing. Moderate fruit, earthy and small caramel malt aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Moderate to heavy fruit bittersweet flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate duration. This is a complex good beer.
TheBeerGod (4907) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - APR 23, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Mahogany with a moderate, dense beige head. Aroma is fruity and sweet with soft spicy notes, citrus oils, caramel, light brown sugar notes, and tropical fruit. Taste is sweet with caramel, sticky sugar, spicy hops, floral hops, citrus oils, tropical fruit, dark bread and Bit O Honey. Body is medium-full with some sugary stickiness and mild carbonation. Faint alcohol warmth as well. Ends with more sugary stickiness, caramel, big tropical fruit notes towards the back end, citrus, floral hops and softer spicy hops.
Sparky (2132) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - APR 22, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber. Pours clear dark amber with a one finger thick off-white head that left spotty lacing. The nose is caramel, overripe citrus and dark fruits. The taste is toffee, dark fruits, citrus hops and a nice lingering bitter pine finish. Medium mouthfeel. Nice hoppy BW.
DYCSoccer17 (3158) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 17, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz sample on tap at The Ale and the Witch in St. Pete, FL. The aroma has some catty, hopped, dank simcoe-like notes. Fruity, sweet, sticky notes are present, too. Some pleasant brown sugar is also in there. Mostly transparent ruddy-brown/mahogany body with a creamy off-yellow head. Good lacing. Attractive. Starts a little funky with tons of simcoe-like hoppy flavors. A little caramel and vinous notes present towards the middle. Finishes with a harsh, ethanolic and hop bitterness. A little too big and brash.