Cobra (1100) - In a van, down by the river, Maryland, USA - DEC 17, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. brown bomber bottle. Number 1853 of 2007. Poured out a deep muddy red color, with a sticky tan colored head. Hazy as hell. Aromas are of piney hops, along with burnt sugars, dark roasted coffee, dark cocoa notes as well. Flavors are of dark cocoa, some roastiness, burnt sugars, some smoke as well. Decent body, a little thin though. Maybe the extended aging has thinned the body somewhat. Clover honey in the aftertastes. OK beer overall.
Drink4Satan (666) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 12, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle # 865 of 2007. The commercial description says to age it, but whatever, Iím thirsty. Pours an opaque muddy brown-amber with a thin tan head. The nose is mostly caramel malt, nuts, and dried fruits, giving me the impression of a barleywine moreso than an American strong. The hoppy scent on the nose is mineral-like, hinting to me that the hops are possibly astringent. Well, that seems to be the case. The hops were so bitter and overpowering, that the malty body went underappreciated. The bitterness was not a medicinal bitterness, like baking soda. The booze was potent too, leaving a giving the brew a peppery bite. The malty flavour was mostly toffee, with some earthy nutty tones, which I was able to taste once my palate acclimated itself to the astringently bitter hoppiness. I bet this beer could be a whole lot better if it were to mellow out after a few years.
Alldaydrinker (559) - Norwood, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 12, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle #865/2007. Bomber shared with Emerica56 & Drink4satan Poured a murky dark amber colour with a small creamy tan head. Nose is slightly muted with caramel malts, dried fruits, and hops. Initial taste is a sharpeningly powerful bitter hops that sucks away from the flavor of the brew. As the beer warmed it progressively died down giving way for those caramel malts and mild fruits. Finishing with bitter hops, sweet malts and pepper. Palate duration is good, good head retention and lacing of the glass.
emerica56 (600) - Bristol, Rhode Island, USA - DEC 12, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This beer was recieved in a trade thanks to Jason. It pours a brownish amber color with a madium body and not much of a head to it. The aroma is nutty and lots of hops and some hints of spicy malt. As you drink it the beer overwelms your mouth with pepper and hops and an extreme bitterness. The palate is full of spice and hops which last for a while. There is a really nice palate duration to this.
iowaherkeye (2675) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - DEC 7, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle, 1357 of 2007. Thanks to Tim (Immy) for this one. Clear orange red with a one finger creamy beige head, pretty decent retention. Aroma of juicy raisins, citrusy and resiny hops that are just beginning to show signs of age, scorched caramel, and a bit of something salty. Sort of a fruitcake thing going on. I agree with the label that it should probably under (American) barleywine as opposed to ASA. Earthy bitterness is apparent from the get go only to give way to some caramel malt and tangy raisin and fruit characteristics. There was also a bit of moist tobacco in there somewhere before the slightly chalky, bitter (4-5 out of 10) dry finish. Alcohol was masked well, though I could tell this had some heft to it--maybe around 9% ABV as a guess. On the lower end of carbonation with a full body. Pretty good stuff.
OldGrowth (2332) - North Carolina, USA - NOV 26, 2007
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle, from trade with The_Beer_God. bottle # 1982 of 2007. Ok aroma, had to dig for it, Sweet, orange, fig, date, cardboard/paper, caramel. Clean brownish orange color, very good head, good lacing. Second pour had fair amount of sediment that had settled. Bittersweet flavor, really impressive compared to aroma. Fig, date, little citrus, little chocolate, kind of leathery, got a rye type bite about it. Medium body, creamy smooth mouthfeel, bittersweet dryish finsh. Enjoyed the flavor with this one. Kept jumping around with each mouthful as far as what I tasted. Not unlike the "400" ale I had the night before.
weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 30, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to egajdzis for this... Bottle # 0868.
Appears a dark, hazy majogany with a light tan head that slowly fades into a silky cap. Spotty streaks of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of vanilla, caramel, toffee, raisins, and a touch of citrus.
Taste is of the same aromas with a rich caramel, and cocoa flavor pulling through.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slightly boozy, with fruity raisins clinging to the palate before a slightly bitter swallow.
Beerdedone (2394) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 27, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle sampled # 0895 of 2007. Pours deep brown in color with a small beigh head. Aroma of caramel, dark fruits, roasted malts, and toffee. Flavor was medium bodied with caramel, brown sugar, fruits, and toffee with a bittersweet finish.
radagast83 (3744) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - OCT 27, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle. Red-brown colored pour, with a off white head. Aroma is hoppy - pines - with a caramel and fruit flavor to it all with a nice amount of hops as well. Solid, and even though I like it, itís missing something.
Radek Kliber (6287) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - OCT 26, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle 650 ml
Appearance :Gentle velvet haze, red ruby with creamy, light brown head, thick lacing shown.
Nose :Brown malts with green hoppy, creamy, malty aroma , rich fruity topping with alcohol 7-
Flavour/Palate : Medium bodied, thin front with plenty of chocolate appearing in the middle . Soft, roasted malts at finish. Different: mild malt chocolate on hop plate.