Kinz (3105) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JUN 1, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep brown with some ruby highlights, perfect creamy compact head faded slowly. Aroma of thick caramel, molasses, and baked grapefruit, very inviting. Lusch caramel flavors with a big balancing bitterness, plenty of grapefruit hops here. This was in fact very good, sort of straddling the fine line between American Strongs and the big hoppy American style barley wines. Iím becoming impressed with what Williamsburg is turning out.
aracauna (2925) - Georgia, USA - MAY 3, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 4, 2008 Thanks Immy: Bottle 1151: Pours a heavily chill hazed brown with an excellent light khaki head. The aroma is full of rich caramel malt, a nice note of american hops flowing around underneath and a distinctly tropical fruitiness. Itís almost like watermelon bubblegum and passionfruit. This is a pretty interesting big beer.
Headbanger (2739) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUL 19, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle 7/19/09 (Courtesy of Immy)-Pours a dark brown with with a small tan ring for ahead. Aroma of malt, fruits, caramel, and slight hops. Taste of malt, raisin, fruit, caramel, and sweetness. This full bodied brew is very well balanced and the alcohol shows up as it warms up. Nice brew and quite tasty.
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JAN 31, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Vintage 2007 Bottle courtesy of Immy. Pours brown and cloudy with thick tan head and nice lacing. Caramel malts and dark fruit on the nose. Flavors follows suite with a twist of citrus, and hops. Big time alcoholic finish.
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.
BOLTZ7555 (2600) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAR 28, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by Daknole @ Hellbillyís. Thanks DAK!!! Not a huge fan of this one...chestnut brew with a light tan head. Dark fruit, brown sugar, and tons of pepper...a bit much, really. Kind of boring.
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 28, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at the RBSG 07 Grand Tasting. Bottle 1608/2007. Amber color with faint head. Sweet caramel nose. Similar body with some hop finish.
garthicus (2471) - Dublin, IRELAND - JAN 29, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Shared kindly byHogTownHarry with Blankboy and I. Bottle 277 of 2007. Appearance: Dark ruby with a large off white head. Aroma: Large caramel, fruity, malt, sugar, winter fruits. Flavour: Wow, alcohol, sweet, plums, bitter hops, Christmas flavours. A big tasting beer..
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.
OldGrowth (2342) - 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.