BossHossBikes (148) - California, USA - SEP 22, 2007
Bottle, thanks to NachlamSie, shared with tronraner and muenster. Pours a hazy auburn with a nice tan head that lasts for some time. The aroma is a sweet and tangy such as darker fruits. There is a noticeable hops presence in the aroma as well. As the brew hits the tongue, there is a caramelly mouth-feel and noticeable but light acidity. The darker fruits flavour becomes quite apparent. As the brew warms, the sweetness and tanginess bursts more in both the aroma and flavour. It seems to be an agreement in the tasting that this resembles a barleywine more than any other style. This is quite tasty. performula (148) - Heart of the Rockies, Colorado, USA - DEC 12, 2007
I’ve had this before and enjoyed it more then. The carbonation blew out of this beer all over the place so be careful. This beer looks awesome. Dark haze that is very cloudy. Hoppy sweet maple syrup flavor (scent as well). The beer is too sweet for me. Whoever said this was a Barley Wine might be right. sisyphus12 (99) - Belmont, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 20, 2007
Surprisingly light fruity aroma for a dark, red ale. A thick, rich, but very well balanced feel with notes of citrus and raisins. The finish is relatively clean giving the strength of this beer but there is a malty aftertaste that is not unenjoyable. I look forward to aging these bad boys. FrancoisMtl (63) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 22, 2008
Bottle from wetherel. Pours Dark red with nice head. Strong caramel aroma with citrus hop. Sweet flavors of caramel with some toffey notes. There is also some alcool and strong C-hops flavors. This full bodied beer shows a high bitterness level which helps balancing the sweetness. Nothing new that has not been brewed yet but this is well brewed. Thanks John! beeriodic (61) - Longmont, Colorado, USA - OCT 1, 2007
Bottle. Pours reddish amber, a bit cloudy. Huge, frothy brown head. Sweetish malt in the nose. Tastes quite sweet and "big", finish is dry enough due to the ethanol flavor that lingers. Hops in bitterness and aroma seem fairly subdued.
sblair (37) - SD, California, USA - AUG 18, 2007
Cask @ Hamiltons. One of the best Casks ive ever had. Completely rich, full bodied, caramel, malt, delicately tart but not too sweet. light chocolate but hardly notice. A wonderful earthy appeal on Cask and a lengthy finish that just continues to leave you wanting more. UCLABruin (34) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 20, 2008
Deep red brown with a decent cream brown head. Aroma is sweet malt, fruit, and butter. Flavor is terific, rich, smooth with sweet flavor coating the sides of the tongue. Beerly There (26) - Oregon, USA - NOV 1, 2007
Pours with a medium sized head that dissipates quickly.
it has a rather sweet , malty aroma. It tastes of brown sugar and little else. The sweetness obscurs the alcohol. A late appearence of hops during the aftertaste. A nice enough beer in its own right but it is a victim of AleSmith’s success... that is, it is mediocre by there standards. MatchesForHire (25) - Westborough, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 6, 2008
750 ml bottle, courtesy of Brock_Landers via trade. Pours a titilating ruby red with a frothy head. Aroma is of sweet, dark, sun-dried fruit. Toffe, caramel, and syrupy plums make up the bulk of the flavor profile. Body is fuller than most, bordering on syrupy but falling just short. Maltiness balanced well with a solid earthy, floral hop note. Wonderful brew. Always ISO!! WeeObese (18) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 12, 2009
Pours a deep amber almost mahogany with a small but dense tan head. Smells of sweet malt, slight sherry/port oxidation, carmel covered apples, and a slight hop aroma. Hop flavor followed by a rich carmel malitiness and a slight roasty astringency followed buy a muted but still noticeable hop bitterness. Nice body and good carbonation for the style. Really liked this beer, too bad it was the only one left in my buddy’s cellar