Ernest (6031) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 18, 2011
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Head is initially small, frothy, light brown, mostly diminishing.
Body is medium to dark amber.
Aroma is moderately malty (caramel, cookie), lightly to moderately hoppy (grapefruit), moderately yeasty (dough), with notes of dried mango, dirt.
Flavor is heavily sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter, unclean.
Medium to full body, syrupy texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic.
Simple and dirty/clunky.
hopscotch (8529) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 18, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle… Hazy, dirty orange ale with a small, creamy, white head. Good retention. The fruity, malty nose presents caramel and pink grapefruit. There are also notations of sweaty socks and canvas. Medium to full-bodied with a slick mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. The bittersweet flavor is more bitter than sweet. Finishes caramely, but the actual sweetness is low and the bitterness hangs around for a good while. Thanks go out to darkguardian for sharing this bottle!
JaBier (4528) - 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 (2391) - 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 (8521) - 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 (11760) - 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 (5999) - 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 (10080) - 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 (5045) - 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.