jehoesefat (366) - Poway, California, USA - MAY 1, 2017
Slightly boozy aroma, sweet and resinous. Pours clear and orange with white head. First sip is bitter and almost like a barleywine, long bitter aftertaste but keep going and the flavor transforms into a sweet / bitter treat! RatingsMeister58 (1) - - APR 30, 2017 does not count
It reminds me of Thomas Hardy’s Fine Ale! One of my all time favorites. PugUglyBrewer (742) - - APR 29, 2017
One of the most unique beers I’ve come across. Totally meant for sipping and enjoying a cigar. Dark orange color with a big head of cream colored foam. Very sweet caramel malt base lending flavors of burnt sugar and raisin. Hopped to perfection in order to cut through that hefty malt bill. Some pineapple, grapefruit and peach rounded out by a mellow dryness. Has a strong likening to small batch bourbon. Top notch all around. matthewjk (1111) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 26, 2017
Finally got my damn hands on this one! So... sort of met my expectations: intense, boozy, oily, slightly spicy, and lots of malt to balance the considerable hoppiness. Of course I am happy to try, but would not intentionally seek out in the future. single 12oz bottle Bule (2228) - California, USA - APR 26, 2017
12oz bottle pours a brown color with a bit of head. Musty hops and lots of alcohol heat.
lownote (585) - Austin, Alabama, USA - APR 22, 2017
Delicious piny hop flavor. A bit fruity too. Pours bright orange and clear. Nice color. Taste is really big and malt forward, surprisingly. It’s not a heavy malt. It’s a crystal sort of sweetness, to my palate. Definitely a little straw, bread, but reminds me of chewing on English crystal. Not at all cloying. Hop bitterness is there but not over powering. I get some orange notes I would guess is hops, but might be yeast. Everything comes together nicely. Thick thick body. A bit of alcohol warmth, which is a good warning since it’s 17%, but it doesn’t feel too warm. Delicious. alkolord (543) - - APR 20, 2017
Rötlich kupfer im Glas, trüb, süßlich alkoholisch in der Nase, dörrfrüchte, massiver Körper, süßlich, deutlicher Alkohol im Abgang ffaoe (833) - Moorestown, New Jersey, USA - APR 20, 2017
Fresh bottle - mild citrus aroma with faint pine notes. gold and clear in color with huge long lasting head. very intense malt and hop flavors. strong notes of medium crystal malts, raison, pine, and resin. a bit boozy. cant wait to age a few out. darb85 (296) - Canton, Michigan, USA - MAR 12, 2017
UPDATED: JUL 29, 2017 Sweet apricots and booze on nose. Deep amber with minimal head. Booze leads with raisins and smoky molasses. A bit of a booze burn finish. Medium thin body. Decent and worth it but it is a bit exorbitant in these parts. ineedbeer (2209) - Oakland, California, USA - MAR 6, 2017
Poured from a 12 oz bottle from July, 2011.
Aroma is that of an aged barleywine. Very malt forward with fairly strong caramel notes and some lighter toffee and toasted bread. Hints of burnt sugar and roast. Some light raisin, date and fig notes. A light, earthy, herbal resinous hop note. Medium light alcohol notes.
Pours a burnt amber, brown color with a medium small, fairly thin, tan head that recedes almost immediately to the edges where it lingers for a short time. No lacing and long legs.
Flavor has a moderate sweetness with lots of caramel and toffee notes. Some lighter toasted bread that lingers into the finish as well as some burnt sugar and hints of chocolate. Strong bitterness with a medium light herbal, grassy and resinous hop note that has some hints of pine. Medium alcohol spice in the finish with lingering toasted bread notes and herbal, resinous hop notes.
Mouthfeel is medium full bodied with medium low carbonation. Low astringency and moderate to moderately high alcohol warmth.
Overall, an alright beer but this really isn’t my thing. Its sweet upfront, but the bitterness is too high, even after all these years. While the hops have faded quite a bit they are still their in the finish, and in my mind they clash with the malt notes.