JaBier (8235) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - DEC 20, 2008
Bottle 778 of 1300. Pours light brown with a minimal head. Sweet and grainy aroma. Flavor is malty sweet as expected, but there is a fruit presence that you do not normally get in a b-wine. Almost strawberry-ish. AllAboutStout (605) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 13, 2008
Bottle shared by Beachbum1975.
Pours brown with ruby highlights. This is a complete malt bomb. There is a bit of alcohol in the nose and in the mouth as well. Not much but enough to notice. Regardless this is an incredibly smooth beer. Very big and full on the mouthfeel. A bit of hops on the finish. It is amazing that there are any hops to be found with the amount of malts that are in this beer.
This is a sipper to be sure. Good beer and great for this time of year. Thanks Shane. tjthresh (1872) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - DEC 12, 2008
2005 vintage from cdog69. Pours murky as hell, but Chris just got off the damn airplane. Tan head with a full ring of lace. Smells like a big pot of melted caramel waiting to have an apple dipped in it. You can pick up a good bit of hops. There is probably an acre of hops here, but there is so much malt that you really do not get a lot of them. Still malty as hell when you drink it, and soooooooooo bitter. If you hold the drink in you mouth for a second you can get a good alcohol burn. Full body with some prickly carbonaiton. Failry sweet finish. Bitter as hell. WOW. This is a damn fine beer. Rciesla (5607) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - DEC 12, 2008
Bottle batch 3. Pours an amber body with a thin white lacing. Sweet malty and maple, sweet plum, apple, and fig. LIght vanilla body. Dogbrick (13751) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 27, 2008
Sample at the Columbus Ratebeer gathering at ogglethorp’s 11/20/08: Bottle #778, not sure to which bird that corresponds. The beer pours a copper-amber color with a thin and creamy off-white head that recedes slowly. Top ring of lacing with spots underneath. Malt, floral hops and fruit in the nose. Rich body with flavors of caramel and sweet malt, fruits and hops. The finish is malty with notes of candi sugar and a light hoppy aftertaste. Pretty good all around.
BlackForestCO (1288) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - OCT 26, 2008
06 bottle shared by Crosling. Poured a deep reddish-amber color with a thick, dense beige head that slowly receded to a thick layer and left some good lacing. Bland aroma with some soft fruit (apple, light orange), a tiny hint of brown sugar, and some oxidized hops. Smooth, moderately sweet entry with some caramel malt and a bit of brown sugar with light hints of apple that lead into an abrasive, oxidized hoppiness that really throws the flavor off. Low carbonation, abrasive dry finish. This beer seemed to be getting a lot of talk for a while, but I am not sure why. Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 25, 2008
Burgundy colored beer with a super thick, densely creamy head that lasts really well. Some nice elements in the nose (a touch of smoke, apple, grapefruit,) but it’s mostly very unpleasant, shows a lot of oxidation, dullness and even a light manure note. Flavor is very dull and oxidized, with cardboard notes and a light note of manure. Has a pleasant caramel-like sweetness with some fruit notes. Not crazy about aged American barley wines as I think they tend to oxidize too quickly and this is another example that validates my opinion. Not enjoyable, basically a drainpour. TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 5, 2008
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2015 10/5/2008 - 25.4 oz bottle, 2006. Dark but clear rosy brown with a coating, bubbly tan froth. Gets cloudy. Nose is caramel, honey and clove with light floral. Thick and chewy; seductively melts away with each sip leaving airy alcohol. Taste is woody butterscotch, melon and strawberry with smooth bitter citrus peel to balance. Earthy and luscious. Not too sweet. 8/1/2009 - Yellow wax, 2007. Sweeter than the previous year with maple and caramel. Taste adds candied orange peel with a pithy bitterness to add some balance. Added a point for aroma. 6/29/11 - Blue wax, 2009. Nice aroma of caramel, raisin, dates and orange peel. Medium body with almost no carb. Taste is maple, tobacco, oak and stale coffee. Not as bright as other years i’ve sampled interestingly at about same age. This got inverted in the company fridge for a few hours which may explain the leakage after peeling off the wax and possibly the low carb. But the cap was rusted so maybe some kind of bottling issue? Hmmm... Still OK but i would have given this a 3.8. Taking a point off my overall rating for palate. 10/22/11 - Green wax, 2008. Cloudy brown with a few bubbles. Nose is caramel, raisin, plum and vanilla. Medium to full body with a light tingle. Taste is butterscotch, baked apple and plum. Finishes with bitter grass. Lovely balance with residual stickiness. Smooth and soothing; best of the ones i’ve tried. Add a point for taste. 6/16/12 - Indigo wax, 2010. Caramel but not so much raisin. Maybe hoppier with candied orange peel and grass but not bitter. Hints of cherry. 12/23/15 - Violet wax, 2013. Aroma of apple, wood, maple and berries. Taste is butterscotch, apple juice, wood, pith and rose water. Still the woodiness I would expect but a bit more fruity this time around. 4.0 lb4lb (2632) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 1, 2008
Bottle shared by thickfreakness. Thanks dude!Beerdedone (3452) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 27, 2008
Pours a really rich, dark and hazy toffee color with a short lived beige head. Smell is really malty, rich, like melted caramel, and has that "aged" mellowed smell to it as well. Taste is creamy, rich caramel, but balanced by a nice light hop presence to make it very drinkable and enjoyable. Nice warm and toasty bread flavor to go along with the sweetness of the malt. Pretty good stuff.
Bottle. #1059/1300 06 Pours a hazy dark copper color with a two finger off-white head and has great lacing. Aroma is caramel, fruity esters, toffee, figs, and some floral notes. Flavor is smooth and creamy with caramel sweetness, brown sugar, dried fruit, toffee, and a hint of raisins. Medium to full bodied with a nice alcohol warming finish.