alexsdad06 (10672) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - OCT 29, 2016
Multiple bottle samples over the years (one at the old Brassworks building where I still have an unopened bottle from, once at Jackie o’s with one of the owners of Founders, at home) from notes. Pours a slightly hazy amber/auburn color with a medium sized beige head. The aroma and flavor had sweet malts, caramel, dark fruit and berries, some earthy notes, herbal character, yeast, complex profile with the different yeast strains both showing up, definitely didn’t want to rate this years ago when I had it fresh because I didn’t feel like I had the vocabulary to describe this properly. I would like to try this once again. tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - APR 18, 2015
Bottle: Thanks, Matt. Cloudy, ruddy copper and brown color with no real head, small beige collar. Aroma of caramel malt, stale hops, licorice, prune, some earth, a touch of cardboard. Flavor has lots of sweet, nutty hops, caramel, toffee cream, with overtones of earthy hops, light staleness, almonds, some nougat, and an alcohol finish. Medium-heavy mouth feel. Damico (3147) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 10, 2013
Pours thick unclear dark ruby amber with a sandy head. Aroma is sweet, a bit fruity, and contains big sweet malty barleywine notes. Flavor brings sweet lemony malty notes typical of a barleywine on a bigger body. It is not totally cutting on the palate, but still pretty big. OldMrCrow (2446) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 8, 2013
Bottle (2007) sampled 10/2013.
cubs (10693) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 3, 2013
One of the problems with cellaring American beer is that even if it does improve with aging, it would have to improve enormously to keep up with the pace of brewing and distribution improvement that we’ve enjoyed over the past decade. (Full Sail Black Gold, I’m looking at you!) This one is probably suffering from the same problem -- it was doubtless quite a special beer in 2007 but in 2013 we’re spoiled with an overabundance of riches. It took me a while to open this one and I may have let it go past its prime but it seemed like a bit of a special occasion beer and there aren’t that many special occasions when I’m looking for a 13% ABV American ale. Tonight’s not a special occasion either, but I thought this would nicely complement last night’s Pike Old Bawdy Wine. Pours orange-brown with gold highlights and little head into my Samichlaus snifter. Straight-ahead aged (American) barleywine nose: toffee, orange, oxidized hops. Pretty hot even after all these years, warming down the back of my throat. I don’t pick up much in the way of the spices; the flavor more or less follows directly from the aroma: quite sweet, lots of toffee, oxidized hops, never really drying out in the close. It’s an In the end it’s a tasty beer but not a particularly special one -- at 13% it better knock my socks off and this one is just enjoyable.
Bottle @ home, thanks to arminjewell. Thanks Armin! Pours a deep orangish brown appearance with a thin brown head. Somewhat oxidized, a bit boozy, chewy belgian yeast, raisin/plum, somewhat woody, spicy aroma. Big toffee, chocolate, sweet malty, mild to moderate paper/cardboard, a touch fruity flavor. Lots of malt, somewhat oxidized but overall pretty good. I didn’t really get spices in the flavor. Aged pretty well.
arminjewell (9720) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - AUG 3, 2013
Pour out of 750 mL bottle, thanks Markus! Thick dark brown pour with thin white head, aroma brought notes of lots of sherry, dark fruits, lots of caramel, toffee, burnt sugars, hints of oak, slight spice notes. Taste is a nice smooth mix of lots of sherry, brandy notes, some dark fruits, toffee, hints of oak, slight spice, hints of red fruits as well, finishing sweet, dry, and full. Pretty nice at this age. Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 1, 2013
Bomber. Poured rich, deeper plumy-brown with a short, dense beige head. The aroma picked up rich, fruity malts, caramel, and molasses with accents of black pepper and oxidation.. a hair over the hill, but solid. The flavor found tangy, slightly metallic notes throughout, with dark fruit and molasses at the core.. tangy fruit skins, oxidation, and peppery notes around.. finished tangy and warm. Medium-bodied and a bit too tangy on the palate.. overall it held up well, but it was probably better a few years ago. BMan1113VR (7929) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 30, 2013
Bottle at RBSG. Pours with an orange to brown hued body, with medium-low clarity and a small off-white head. Aromas are sweet, nearly cloying, spicy, medium phenol, earthy. Flavors are sweet, spicy and boozy. Medium strong bitterness, warming, earthy cedar like notes, spruce, brown sugar, cola. Medium carbonation and very warming. madmitch76 (25382) - , Essex, ENGLAND - DEC 2, 2012
26th February 2011AmEricanbrew (6877) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - SEP 27, 2012
Cloudy brown beer. Small tan head. Mellow malty nose with some fruit and chocolate. Surprisingly light palate, semi dry. Sweet dried fruits and subtle pineapple cube sweets. Aniseed spice. Subtle and mellow chocolate. Sweet peach and apricot in the finish which is semi dry. Hides the 13.0% very well. Tasty and somewhat exotic beer!
Hazy amber color with ivory sheen. Oxidized pit fruit, caramel, marshmallow aromas. medium body. Same oxidized pit fruit, caramel, marshmallows in the flavor--good