BOLTZ7555 (2969) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAY 28, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Crimson/garnet pour with a small eggshell head that left a spot
or two of lacing. Aroma is caramel, toffee, honey, and brown sugar with a slight hop profile lending some citrus. Flavor also shows some orange peel, grapefruit pith, and lemon...underlying, of couse. Sweetness definitely takes center stage. Still a bit young, as the alcohol isn’t completely hidden.
jkwood04 (4786) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 27, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle in a tumbler. Pours brown with a lacy, beige head. Aroma of caramel malts, light on brown sugar, and strong pine/citrus hops. Flavor about the same, and nice and smooth followed by some good hops. Average texture. A pretty good beer.
DocLock (8531) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 26, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Boxed bomber from Capone’s. Pours hazy deep ruby with clingy off-white head. Nose is imperial red ryeish, with heavy red malt, resiny hops,m pineappledefinite strawberry. Tastes of caramel and toffee up front, with a huge IBU load, again with the imperial red holistic flavor, and late fruit, including berry and tropical citrus. Complex and rather dense palate heft, with some defnite heat, but the good heat that tells you that this beer doesn’t pull any punches. I would caution all lightweights to stick to Bud 55, because giving a beer lightweight this beer would be like giving a Marlboro Light smoker an Oliva Series V Churchill. The last dregs give me a slap of realization that this one reminds me a great deal of the various Sly Fox Odyssey offerings. Great beer, and criminally under-rated here.
Cavie (4042) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - MAY 22, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy blutt59. Dark clear amber color with very little head. Aroma is kind of hoppy and sweet candy sugar. Malty notes and woody. Flavor is sweet notes with malts and wood. Raisins and dark fruit. Nice finish.
Ernest (6729) - 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 (10082) - 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 (5485) - 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 (9854) - 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.