RichJ7 (1175) - Cullman, Alabama, USA - JUL 18, 2006
Pours a hazy brown with an inch-thick fluffy head. Strong, rich aroma of malt, hops and spice, maybe a touch of dried fruit. Flavor is a complex bittersweet mixture of sweet malt, dried fruit, warm alcohol and malt with a strong hop presence. Freaking excellent beer. very comparable/similar to the best barleywines I’ve had, despite being labeled as an American strong ale. ChazMania (669) - Oceanside, California, USA - JUL 14, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2008 Holy Schnikes! Wow, I have been drinking alot of beer lately (hey, its hot summer!). One of these bombers is kickin me hard. Very full over the top flavor. NOT for the faint hearted lite beer sipper. Thick, chewy, lots of alcohol. Mama call me a cab! Oh wait, I’m at home......This beer will kick you in the keister.
Updated from 4.2 to 4.5 on 12/25/08. This years batch is phenomenal. PilsnerPeter (3045) - Flushing, New York, USA - JUL 9, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 20, 2008 Nice beer. Hazy brown with thick light brown head. Aroma is roasted chocolate with a citrusey background. Strong malt character with a roasted chocolatey dry character. Has a bit of grapefruit bitterness and a firm but balanced hoppy finish. mnurda (1285) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - JUL 7, 2006
This Ale just about knocked me over. Way too strong for my liking, but full of flavour. Freakin Frog well done. thebaldwizard (1207) - Ohio, USA - JUL 3, 2006
The Double Bastard is one bad mother. I really loved this beer. The pour was dark reddish brown with a nice head on top. The aromas pour from the glass as soon as you get it out of the bottle. The aroma is of sweet malt and hops. The mouthfeel is one of the best I’ve experienced. It is thick and creamy--perfect, I would say. The flavors are rich and thick as well. You get plenty of citrusy hops parked right next to lots of sweet satisfying caramel-like malt. This is a rich satisfying brew. The best barleywine I’ve had. Reminds me quite a bit of Victory Old Horizontal."
IrishBoy (4199) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUN 30, 2006
(Bottle a bonus from ABUSEDGOAT trade) 2005 release. Nose of caramel malts with a hint of raisins. Deep dark amber,semi hazy, with only a tiny beige head; flavor shows caramel malts, with a plummy note, a molasses note, and alcohol present (not surprizing at 10%), and an alcohol and light hop bitterness in the finish, almost halfway between an imperial porter and barleywine. SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUN 26, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 28, 2007 In the bomber bottle from Roof Bros. I shared this with some pals on Memorial Day. I wish I had been more like Daffy Duck and exclaimed, "Mine, mine, it’s all mine!" Pours dark brown, mahoganey blood red. Has a yellow-beige head of sizeable retention. There’s all sorts of things going on with the aroma: juniper pine, flower water and grapfruits. This would best be described as an Imperial Porter, if I had to categorize it beyond the broad, catch-all setting of "strong ale." It cleanses the palate with fire. This defininitely lives up to the hype. UPDATE 1/2007: Reddish purple dark amber. Thick beige head. Candy sweet raspberry jolly rancher aroma. Such a burn, not quite as much as a barleywine. Big hops cling to the tongue. hard bitch from hell bitterness. Big acidity. Lubiere (13900) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 25, 2006
Hazed red amber ale with a good off white head. Coniferous, resinous hops with floral complexity. In mouth, a pinhous and complex ale with good floral hops, caramel, light molasse notes, raisinous quality, like a barley wine. Smooth and delicious. Post-Mondial 2006 tasting at Goldorak. wheninhell (488) - chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 23, 2006
pours thick copper body. small off white head. fantastic aroma. sweet molasses and spicy hops. very balanced flavor. sweet molasses malty backbone with fantastic nutty hop profile. full bodied nice carbonation. long bittersweet finish. pinkzambia (1931) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUN 21, 2006
2004 Bottle: Murky soft brown color with a tan dense head. Sweet aromas, almost like a sweeter barley wine. Brown sugar, alcohol, something similar to a lot of the brews that were aged in bourbon barrels. WOW!! Ok, the flavor is great and then it expands throughout your mouth and into the nasal cavities, yea, all the way into the brain. It is a virtual "Hello Dolly" to the oral region. Sweet flavors abound in the midst of this high alcohol fest. It has a great finish -- smooth and leaves much flavor lingering and eventually . . . a slight burning sensation in the back of the throat. Thanks Indiana_Red for sharing this treasure.