rampmaster (642) - Alden, New York, USA - AUG 19, 2010
Presentation: It was poured from a growler, which was filled up at the Flying Bison Brewery, into a tulip glass.
Appearance: This beer has a dark coppery color with a about a two finger tall head on top. The head is slightly off white in color and slowly fades to a ring of lacey foam as I slowly sip it down. As it slides down the glass it coats the glass and leaves some slick spotty lace behind.
Smell: The aroma is full off sweet caramel and roasty malt with some light sweet boozy hints and just the slightest touch of leafy hops.
Taste/Palate: There is a big malty sweet character here with notes of over ripe pear cover with uber sweet caramel and roasted gain. The ABV is noticeable but in a mellow warm way. Leafy hop flavor and bitterness is very light and it adds only adds a light touch bitterness towards the finish. Its full body has a firm sticky texture with just enough soft carbonation to give it some life.
Notes: It’s big and malty, just the way I like it.
hopdog (12486) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 25, 2009
12oz bottle. Bottled labeled Bottled on -> 2007. Poured a deep, deep amber (almost brown) color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of caramel, nuts, dark fruits, and toasty. Tastes of caramel, the same nuttiness, dark fruits, and had a lighter earthiness. Alcohol content well hidden. blkitson (158) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - NOV 22, 2009
Good ale - a real deep throaty barley taste. Nice brown color with not much of a head when poured. And the fact that the beer is named after a local airforce branch is two thumbs up in my book cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - SEP 8, 2009
2007 12 oz. bottle from the brewery - Pours a hazy amber color with a thin off white head that faded to nothing quickly. Faint spotty lacing. Low carbonation. Aroma is toasted and caramel malt, and esters. Flavor is much of the same. There is a touch of bitterness lingering. Alcohol is noticeable. Medium to full body. A nice BW. lovelacm (48) - Niceville, Florida, USA - MAY 19, 2009
Bottle from Tony @ IP school last fall. Fantastic aroma and mouth feel. Quite a complex flavor combination: caramel, malty, with some distinct sweetness to offset the bitterness of the hoppiness. A little bit much alcohol on the finish, but quite delicious none-the-less.
New bottle describes contents as a Barley Wine, not a Strong Ale.
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - APR 27, 2009
left over bottle from 2005 left behind by cbk... thank you, sir.
hazy amber honey color with a small creamy tan head that i worked really hard to get. seems to be some clumpy black yeast floating around in there as well.
a distinct cocoa butter aroma leads the way... it is followed up by notes of chocolate, vanilla, honey, orange, cinnamon, a bit of wood and some caramel-y/butterscotch.
it has a medium body although it gets fairly thick at times.... yet it is not sweet. which, makes it a treat to drink. the flavor pretty much mirrors the aroma with a few additions... there is a small roasty bitterness on the finish as it warms up and a bunch of woody aged/spent graininess. this thing has great balance... nothing seems to want to stand out. 7/3/7/4/16/3.6
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - APR 26, 2009
2009 12oz bottle from phhd, thanks Ethan. Says barley wine on the bottle. Orange/light brown color with very little head. Light ripe fruit aroma. Slightly caramaly, just a hint of butterscotch, not really a bad thing with this style, get some alcohol heat in the back of the throat, solid beer. ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 11, 2009
2007 Bottle - Thanks phhd! - Pours orange with nary a head to speak of...aroma is sweet sweet malt, light burnt sugar and hop flowers...flavour is similar, dark fruits, caramelized sugar...finish is clean, nice stuff!! kyzr (1530) - Montana, USA - MAR 31, 2009
2007 bottle from a trade, sorry can’t remember who sent it to me. Pours amber with nice thick tan foam head. Very sweet nose with alcohol. Flavor is fruity with some citrus, caramel and dried fruit. Has a lot of carbination at first, but then settles down. Very nice and well balanced. SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAR 27, 2009
Sampled at hellbilly’s hellraiser 3 gathering. Bottle courtesy of cbkschubert. Pours an amber brown color with a small head. Aroma is toasted caramel malt, dark fruit and earthy hops. Flavor is much the same, a bit sweet up front with the hoppiness coming through more on the finish. Not bad at all. Thanks Craig!