LJ182 (7) - - JUL 15, 2017 does not count
Bottle. Nose heavy caramel, dark tofee, bark, lightly green hops, light rind; pour is a beautiful gradient amber from reddish-orange up top down to clear golden at the bottom, with a slightly oil and soapy beige head. Taste strongly bitter with a great hop bite, but not extreme; a little paper and mild astringency, but not bad; strong alcohol but only a wisp of fume, no burn but a hint of warmth in the chest -- overall very good incorporation. Classic woodsy, slightly nutty hops, light but pleasant roastiness, touch oily, touch soapy and definitely palate-cleansing, good classic American C-hops with a bit of a Nuggetty, Northern Brewery ballast. Medium sweet but that’s more from the heavy floral perfuming of the hops and oiliness than sugar, and is soon gone. Bright, fresh, with a swishable fullish body and lightness despite the chewy caramel, and the crystal malts aren’t overdone for once! A great take on the type of Barleywine
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone BeerandBlues2 (13323) - Escondido, California, USA - JUL 4, 2017
Initial aroma is moderate citrus hops, sweet pineapple notes, with rich bready and lightly honeyed malt. Candied fruits reminiscent of warm, fresh fruit cake show next with cherries, peaches, apricots and pears as likely yeast-derived esters, and this fragrance persists. The pour is lightly hazy rich orange, harvest moon in fact, with a medium, creamy off-white head which slowly recedes to a broken film on the beer surface and thicker cordon at the edge. The flavor is candied fruits of apricots, pears and peaches with a rich, honeyed bread malt, nearly caramelized with spicy alcohol notes which dry the palate yet allow some malt and fruit to persist.coachd (836) - Missouri, USA - JUN 13, 2017
A spicy and near perfumey alcohol presents itself aromatically as the beer sits. Somewhat under the radar, a moderate spicy, pine and citrus hop character rides alongside and finally presents a bold hop bitterness which keeps the sweetness at bay. This full-bodied ale provides a moderate alcohol warmth and light carbonation with a lightly creamy roundness which keeps all the characteristics in a tight package, not allowing any one to dominate. Truly a contemplative beverage and one that fits the bill for a bolder version of an English classic.
Malty and slightly sour aroma with slight hops. Light crimson color with a huge white head. Tastes mostly sweet with a minor hop bite at the end. Slick palate. This was good, but a little too sweet for me.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone JTParis (23) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAR 24, 2017
@Lexington, Kentucky. The brew was sold as Off-Color, but this source sounds about right. Didn’t tick all the boxes. DrnkMcDermott (3100) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - MAR 8, 2017
Single can from mix-a-six rack at Jewel, Downers Grove. Finally reviewing a cellarable beer in the right way: buy more than one, drink this one now, and then the other a few years later to compare. The pour itself looks yellow, but it sets to cloudy reddish-gold in the glass. A sudsy head that’s more persistent than in older beers. The smell has some sharp Northwestern hops, and a tiny background of fruit. The taste is very hoppy up front, but not overdone. It is enough to mask any burn from the alcohol. There’s some noticeable malt there; it’s mostly felt as stickiness on the lips. Some alcohol warming does come toward the end of the glass.
dalekliz (922) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 5, 2017
Bottle. Pours a murky brownish-orange with a bubbly white head that fades to a ring. Sweet aroma, sugar, citrus, malt, hint of pine hops. Taste is bright, starts with a hoppy bite and citrus sugar, but then fades to a mild malty sweetness with a hint of booze. Hides the alcohol rather well. Lingering sweet booze that ends watery. Not bad but not anywhere near as big as it could be. Ronritter (731) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JAN 26, 2017
on tap copper beige head. Smell of citrus, mint, pine,and caramel. A bit sweet with dry finish. Itzjerm (2869) - Taft, Tennessee, USA - JAN 2, 2017
A bit harsh. Aroma perfect. Taste has strong bitter ending. Aroma is citrus aroma. Nice mouthfeel. Thickness for sure.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone odinstyr (797) - Hamilton, New Jersey, USA - DEC 25, 2016
Pours copper with moderate white head. Smells of toffee, pit fruit, spruce. Taste is balanced - sweet and bitter, deep maltiness combined with a not-overwhelming hoppiness. tommann (3751) - Dudley, West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 20, 2016
355ml can. Pours hazy orange with a medium head. Aroma is sweet burnt toffee and a little apple. Taste has lots of toffee and caramel with a burnt malt finish.