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AleWerks Brewmasters Reserve Wolfes Trap Ale

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RATINGS: 81   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
A great malt body with 30 pounds of Amarillo and Cascade hops added over a 5 hour period results in an assertive but balanced reminiscent of an American Barleywine Ale. Designed to be cellared. Limited to 2007 bottles.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ibrew2or3 (8159) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUL 14, 2010
Courtesy of ksurkin. Pours dark ruby red with tan head. The aroma is smooth sweet inviting goodness with a mix of pine, sweet ripe cherry yumminess, chewy malts and concentrated plum juice. The taste is rich and yummy with pine hops, ripe cherries, sweet malts, more pine hip resiny-ness, plums and sugar stewed raisins. Wow! Love it!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kinz (3737) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JUN 1, 2007
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. I’m becoming impressed with what Williamsburg is turning out.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cobra (1100) - - DEC 17, 2007
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Hazmatt (363) - Virginia, USA - SEP 22, 2008
Bottle 0479 of 2007. Pours a dark amber, opaque ale with a very thin, almost non-existent head. Very rich, robust aroma of malt, caramel, coffee; hints of citrus fruit but little hop aroma. Strong malt flavor, hops (bitterness) more pronounced in flavor than aroma. Strong ale? Moreso than a "unique barleywine" as described on label. Full bodied. Decent alcohol strength and very satisfying. Overall pretty damn good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
zizzybalubba (1794) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - OCT 12, 2009
22 oz. bottle from Grape & Gourmet (bottle 1161 of 2007). Muddy and thick brownish-orange pour. Sweet malty aroma of caramel, toffee, and brown sugar as well as some tangerine, mango, and canned peach syrup. Excellent citrus hop flavor balanced with a malt sweetness. I’m not sure what the brewer originally intended but this is certainly a barleywine at this point. Not too far off from what Ironbound Ale has become but a little more understated. As I said with that beer buy it if you can still find it. This is drinking very well right now.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - APR 30, 2007
Bottle 1905/2007: Pours a dark amber mahogany with ruby hues and a small, frothy, spotty-lacing light tan head. Aroma has nice sweet caramel notes with a touch of light fruits and grapefruity hops. Body starts with a sweet caramel maltiness, some fig complexity and light fruity, citrus hop tartness, with some mild milk chocolate in the bittersweet finish. Seems to hide its alcohol well and should be good to age for a year or two.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
LooseCannon (938) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - MAY 4, 2007
22 oz bottle, 1111 of 2007. Pours dark copper color with small brown head. Aroma is sweet and has a alcohol aroma. Taste of sweet malt and a strong grapefruit bitterness with bitter and dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Braudog (6341) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - MAY 27, 2007
Bottle #1975/2007 - Poured a dark chestnut brown with a giant head. Rich and malty aroma with an almost cherry liqueur essence. This drinks with a big carameled sugary syrupiness, the big-bodied caramel undertow swept along with the brutal bombardment of hop bitterness; this is a monster. My other bottle is being cellared. (#2940, 5/27/2007)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
blankboy (7216) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 12, 2009
Bottle (660ml) shared with HogTownHarry & garthicus -- courtesy of HogTownHarry. Bottle 0227. Pours a very deep ruby-brown with an average size frothy tan head. Aroma of caramel malt, somewhat fruity and with lots of hops. Flavour of caramel malt, dark fruit, brown sugar and alcohol. Long bitter finish. Medium bodied. I loved it!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - OCT 18, 2009
bomber, #1270/2007, from grape & gourmet. pours a hazy, syrupy, cherry wood color with a thin, light tan head and solid lacing. aroma is great with huge notes of sweet caramel malts, toffee, and earthy hops with big fruity notes of ripe pear, apple skin, and raisin. flavor is excellent as well sweet fruit notes of fig, raisin, prune, orange peel, apple cider, and a touch of black cherry up front backed by syrupy toffee, dark roasted malts, and a touch of cigar paper on the finish. palate is full bodied and sticky with a warming alcohol presence. overall, another winner from AleWerks that is drinking awesome with some age on it.

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