WeeHeavySD (3387) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 26, 2009
8th rating, bottle I got at the brewery today, from the first of the two bottlings, shared a bit with my brother and had the rest for me, yeah, whatevs. I’ve been excited about this since I heard about well, its a decadence and an Alesmith and a new one at that. Pours rich brownish orange with a tan head. Nose is quite nice from a far. Nose is sweet with a lot of hops caramel and some nice rich fruity notes. Taste is wow, clearly different than old numbskull but still quite nice, rich crisp hops, some fruit clearly and a light liquory and the cherryness really comes out here, I like this its really interesting. I really have to say I like this and the alcohol is 100% hidden. Great Beer, to all my pals at Alesmith thank you once again! tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 30, 2009
Nose was huge with loads of cinnamon, raw sugar, and very spicy.
Poured a medium brown with red highlights.
Taste is heavy on toffee, sweet and bitter cherries, caramel, and then finishes with a rather astringent and herbal hippiness. LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - JUN 30, 2009
Appearance: Pours a rootbeer brown with a ring of dense foam at the top.
Aroma: Dried fruit, spiced apples, chocolate, and caramel.
Taste: Chocolate, caramel, chocolate covered cherries, some burnt sugar. Has some sort of berry twang to it, the makes way for a bitter sweet finish with plenty of hop spice.
Mouthfeel: Full bodied and sparkly.
Overall: A unique, "decadent" dessert beer. Luxurious, rich caramel and chocolate flavors, that still lets me know its a beer with its bitterness and spiciness. Amazing. badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUL 4, 2009
Deep garnet red with a small fizzy tan head. Sweet caramel, molasses, and toffee aroma and taste with some nice tart notes and alcoholic warmth to the finish. Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 4, 2010
I had the great pleasure of debuting this beer at our second Alesmith Craft Beer Dinner at Sonoma Cellar restaurant in Henderson, NV. Still young at this point but still showcasing brilliant complexity nonetheless. Lovely dark amber-gold in color with a thin, fine, tan head. Sweet caramel malt aroma with sweet, fruity alcohol and some English hops still expressing in the top-notes. Lots of roasted caramel malt sweetness in the flavor balanced by a soft, persistent alcohol presence and some ripe cherry fruitiness. Perfect body with each element poised together expressing themselves both individually and in concert. A gorgeous expression of the style.
pastradul (43) - California, USA - JUL 10, 2011
Thankfully I waited to actually put pen to pad and tick this puppy. I had it three times within the first year of release and just didn’t feel like taking notes each time. This time around the elixir proves to those sharing in its goodness that there’s no infection here. The cap popped off with the bottle at only cellar temperature of about 55F, with a mild puff and the liquid then ran into each glass with only a modest head. Yep, no big volcano at opening, no big foamer into each glass and no sharp acidic aromatics associated with a problem. All is well. The aroma is smooth sweet molasses rolling quickly into caramel covered apricot, prunes and slivers of grapefruit and spicy almost oak like notes. The taste is smooth and near slick with prune infused molasses, caramel covered red apples and then mild tart grapefruit. It finishes fairly dry with muted spicy yeast and muted spicy hops taking this to closure. Wow! Taverner (1100) - San Ramon, California, USA - MAY 9, 2009
OMG - this one made a barleywine lover out of me! Leathery malts and smooth but floral hop notes make this an excellent barleywine FRESH! I realized that this has not been released yet but my "source" got me a bottle up here, and you folks are in for one HELLUVA Barleywine. Pours copper brown with limited head. The flavor does not mask the alcohol, but instead compliments it. Very fruity, smoky and meaty. paytoplay (146) - , California, USA - JUN 14, 2009
cask at o’briens, maybe underrating this brew but from cask and only 1 glass it was tough to say greatness. subtle, complex and way to easy to drink for a barleywine with that much alc. vanilla, malt, with great aroma. balanced, silky and maybe too balanced as it’s in no way in your face. again from cask so bottle might be more explosive but i liked it just how it was. and can’t wait for the barrel aged version. stunning beer with lots of upside and should age for years and years. boFNjackson (4201) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 18, 2009
Bottle... Poured deep, ruby/amber with a thick, beige head. Big molasses, little bit of hop bitterness. Dark fruit esters, ginger, and a wine-like alcohol flavor that had a raisin accent to it. Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 19, 2012
The nose and flavor are full of a rich maltiness with notes of toffee, caramel and a nice but not overwhelming hoppiness.