shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 27, 2010
Pours a muddy amber brown color with a tan head. Aroma is fruity, caramel, toast, some sweet sugary notes, oak, some vanilla, and plum. Flavor is caramel, toast, oak, earthy, and a slightly alcoholic finish. mixmasterob (1057) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 21, 2010
On tap at 5 Seasons North. Poured into a tulip an opaque burnt orange with a decent white head that faded rather quickly. This stuff looks like a beast. Aroma was of sweet malts, some fruity esters along with some earthy notes. Virtually no heat, wow. Flavors consisted of lots of caramel malts, dark fruit and a bit of belgian yeast. Being 14% I was amazed that there was virtually no noticeable alcohol in this brew, just unreal. Drinks super smooth with a big malty mouthfeel, like a good Barleywine. This stuff is dangerously drinkable. I believe this keg has 1.5 years on it which must have mellowed it perfectly. Two of these would have knocked me out! Wonderfully done lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 19, 2009
SO glad this was already entered, when the bartender said the name I just wrote something down that looked close. Muddy orange-brown, off white cover. Aroma is sweet, estery, thick. Taste is sweet malts, slight, tough to describe herbal finish that might be wormwood. Overall, the texture and fullness of the flavor and aroma on this beer was amazing, it just lacked much character as far as things to describe. craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 6, 2009
sample on 11/5/09. pours a cloudy red with a little off white head... sweet nose, some fruit and yeast... the sweetness is prevalent on the tip of the tongue with some tart raspberry. slight bitterness... light to medium body... did not realize this was 14% - although it felt somewhat of a sipper, that did not come across. wormwood is an interesting ingredient as well.... would like to try this again. Cybercat (5894) - Georgia, USA - OCT 15, 2009
Pours an opaque mahogany with a decent pale tan head. Aroma is rich, malty, spicy and slightly woody. Flavor is very strong and malty with caramel, nutty and woody hints and just a little bitter. Texture is livery, fizzy, tingly and edgy. Wickedly delightful!
unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - SEP 21, 2009
Tap. Cloudy red amber. Good lacing,light tan head. Fruity aroma, nice dried candied fruit, dark sugars. Flavor a simple toast, a bit of heat, nice plum, and an earthy bitterness. Finishes dry. A bit of spiciness and lots of dark fruit stay put. Wow. Crawford did it again! nerdrocker101 (102) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 16, 2009
On Draft at the Westside. This was wonderful. Unlike any other beer I’ve ever had. The wormwood adds some excellent spice to the brew. Sweet and peppery,but more importantly all around delicious beer. So easy to drink it’s almost scary. jrob21 (3722) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 6, 2009
On tap at Westside. Be ready for a bready, sweet, desert kind of beer. Aroma is molasses, prune, plum, and a little bit of alcohol. A bit of a brandy like experience so you will want to sip this one. Flavor is big on the toasted grain and bread flavors with some fruit hiding in the background. Much of it following through from the aroma. Earthy kind of yeast feel to the flavor as well. Nice little nightcap at the bar with this one. kp (10882) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JUL 19, 2009
UPDATED: JUL 31, 2010 ChainGangGuy (4897) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JUN 21, 2009
Date: March 12, 2009
Appearance: opaque dark red, creamy beige head, drippy lace
Aroma: sweet fruity aroma, floral and citrus hops, touch of breadyness, fruity esters, light spicyness
Flavor: sweet and fruity flavor, lots of balancing earthyness, nice fruity esters with a growing sweetness, spicyness comes back to balance the esters, fleeting touch of peppery alcohol in the spicyness
Date: May 28, 2009
Score: 3.3 to 3.6
Appearance: opaque dark red, creamy beige head, lots of lacy patterns
Aroma: sweet and spicy aroma, touch of fruity sweetness, light balancing spices
Flavor: big sweet fruity flavor, lots of fruity esters, light spicyness, light earthyness receeds as it warms to allow the fruity sweetness to become the dominant character, more of the complex spicyness along with the hops comes out in the second snifter
Date: July 23, 2009
Aroma: big sweet fruity aroma, lots of sweet esters, touch of peppery alcohol
Flavor: rich and sweet fruity flavor, earthy spicyness roll in from behind to add bitterness
Overall: fruity esters have come into their own
Date: February 03, 2010
spicy herbal character coming on strong as the sweet fruityness is receeding, not getting better at this point,
Date: July 21, 2010
Aroma: sweet fruity aroma coming to the forefront along with a sweet sherry character
Flavor: flavor is big time sweet and fruity, the sherry adds depth to the fruityness, light spicyness
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 14/20
Score: *** /4
Appearance: Cloudy, dark amber-brown body with a ½ inch of ivory-colored suds.
Smell: Nose-tingling zip of wormwood amongst some slightly sweet-scented, bready malts, touches of caramelized sugars, spice, and fruity esters.
Taste: Bready malts with a lightly sweet taste of caramel sauce. Very teeny tiny hint of roast. Fruity mixture of poached apricot and Medjool date fruitiness. Pinch of cinnamon. Sharply herbaceous nigh menthol taste from the woodworm. Earthy, leafy, slightly grassy hops with a medium amount of bitterness. Finishes dry and malty with that herbal quality riding out well into the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Low carbonation.
Drinkability: Paired well with the pan-fried sweetbreads, sauteed spinach and artichoke hearts with a balsamic reduction. It’s odd, in the span of a few months I went from having had zero beers with wormwood in it to a few. Move over coffee, cocoa nibs, raisin puree, and citrus fruit peels, it’s woodworm’s time to shine! Okay, maybe not. Still though, it was fun for a snifter or two provided you’re down for wormwood in a beer.