anders37 (27635) - Malmö, SWEDEN - APR 24, 2007
Bottle. Rate Beer Speacial Release. Thanks to Jason (Kramer17801) for this nice bottle. Pours a clear amber color with an off-white head. Sweet malty slightly alcoholic vanilla aroma. With some hints of wood. Smooth oak malty vanilla flavor with some hints of alcohol. Has a dry oak finish with lots of vanilla in the aftertaste. SamuraiArtist (292) - portland, Oregon, USA - APR 22, 2007
New 2007 bottle: pours a deep amber cloudy orange-red coor wih a 1/2 inch white head that lasts. Sweet aroma of peaches and apricots and wood. Taste is sweet honeylike malts and fruits up front and then a spicy woodiness and hops take over as it goes down. As the beer goes down the bitterness of the oak takes over and dries all over the tongue. Truely unique and the most woody beer i have ever had! Boutip (6628) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - APR 16, 2007
Bottle courtesy of Hogtownharry: Poured a medium yellow color ale with a small foamy white head with minimal retention and lacing. Aroma of oak and sugar is totally dominated by hot alcohol. Taste is totally dominated by hot burning alcohol which is not something that I am usually fond of. Some oak and sweet malt were discernable but still totally overshadowed by the alcohol. I honestly could hardly taste the original Fred in here and I sure could not tell if there were any hops in there. I’m glad I got the chance to try that one but it sure is not something I will seek again. Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - APR 6, 2007
Bottle. Amber colour with a nice white head. Stronge wood aroma with hints of dried fruit and malt. Also strong flavour of wood, oak, sweetness and becomes someway complex and very nice. NicerInPerson (337) - North of Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAR 27, 2007
The aroma was strong malt and HUGE oak presence. The oak tannins overshadow all else in the aroma. Behind the oak was a nice caramel and biscuity backbone with citrusy hops. The appearance was hazy orange amber with an off-white and very tight bubbled head that lasted to lace the glass. The flavor was citrusy with again a very strong presence of oak. The oak tannins were strong and worked well with the citrus nature of the hops. The bitterness level was nice and well achieved and the malt which balanced was of course overshadowed by oak. The finish was dry with lasting impressions of malt and hops, and an oak presence that could not be denied. The body was full and viscous and with the moderate level of carbonation the beer was creamy in the mouthfeel. An excellent barley wine without the oak and a notch less with, mainly because the oak is just a bit out of balance with the entire presentation. 12 ounce bottle - batch 64.
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - MAR 25, 2007
Batch 64 bottle. Pours a dirty copper,light brown, burnt orange type of color. Could have a nice head, but I poured slow. Aroma is practically leaping out of the glass. Sweet smells of cake and brown sugar at first, but as it warms, there’s more wood, bourbon, pepper, tea, light mint, and a pretty strong sense of alcohol. Tastes of brown sugar sweetness at first, followed by some caramel, tobacco, wood, while a bitter burnt and earthy hop note gradually settles in the flavor profile. Fairly hot. Finishes very earthy, moderately bitter and is as complex as any of the other qualities of the beer. Lots of earthy warm hop flavor with a bit of a woody charred bitterness that thankfully tastes like it belongs. Very good stuff, but sometimes I think the barrel gave this beer too much wood flavor. Still, it’s a fascinating taste. THanks to Walt for the delicious goodness. TURDFERGUSON (4068) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 19, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 20, 2007 Bottles from tom and dookie at the carolina tasting. pours a dark orange with a sunlight tinted yellowish head, at least thats how I remember it. Oak, earth, pepper, citrus, vanilla, alcohol. Accented by a nice clean hoppy sensation on the tongue. Very enjoyable. Thanks boys! henrikb (1264) - Aarhus, DENMARK - MAR 15, 2007
Crystal clear copper colored body with a medium sized yellowish head; Medium sized nose, balanced with pleasant aromas: a little oak, grapefruity hop, smooth spicy honey; Big pleasant carbonation on a soft textured body that could be deeper; Long finish with a balanced growing bitterness, a little sweet as well, with very settled and balanced aromas. Great beer - Thanks Walt! HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - FEB 23, 2007
Pours a really dirty and murky orange color with a lumpy cream head and yeast floaties: you wouldn’t be able to get my dad’s lips near this, he would think it came from the last plumbing accident. Lots of grape, oak, and sourness in the smell. Sour flavor but not overpoweringly so. You can definitely taste oak along with dark fruit sweetness. Alcohol flavor is there in the aftertaste but more as a warming sensation. Excellent beer, experiment gone right. MiP (16055) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - FEB 20, 2007
Bottle. Aroma very much of vanilla. Cloudy orange colour, small head. The flavour is nice, there is some vanilla, fruit, wood and cigar box. A bit of sourness, but that balances the sweetness. Good mouthfeel, probably due to the alcohol content.