DocLock (10683) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 7, 2006
Huge thanks to Goldtwins for sending me a bottle of this. My cap was just fine. The pour was turbid ruddy deep coppery/brown, with a 1-finger off-white head and amazingly long lasting lace sheets. The aroma was intyense and complex, consisting of some funky tangerine, mango, oaky bourbon, black pepper, fine tobacco, and some caramel malt in the background. The flavor....Whoa Nelly let me tell ya ’bout the flavor, Bob Griese! At the start it was densely tropical and citrus fruit, with bold mango, tangerine, fig, and plum elements. Then, the black pepper, oaky bourbon, tobacco, woody peaty malts, caramel malt, and hops kicked in, sort of in a cascading fashion but too quick to be noticed if you don’t swallow slowly. With every sip I took, I regretted that I was getting that much closer to the end of the bottle. This beer is quite simply as good as it gets. End of story. Kudos to Alan Sprints for another balls to the wall beer. The meek need not apply. DoublEE (782) - South Euclid, Ohio, USA - AUG 26, 2013
Pours a deep reddish orange with a foamy white head. The complex nose reveals quite a bit of the new American oak barrel aging. Aromas of leather, tobacco, smoky malts and vanilla extract. The complex mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, with light, pleasant carbonation. Packed with smoky sweet oak flavor, as well as caramel, citrus fruits, banana and a buttery sweetness. Light piney hops show up on the back palate, behind a wall of oak. A world class barleywine. Wish they made more of it. poisoneddwarf (2511) - Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho, USA - MAR 29, 2016
UPDATED: APR 2, 2016 On tap at the brewery. Cloudy orange pour with bone white foam and top to bottom sheeting lace. Taste is sweet and savory with fantastic flavors of toasted coconut, toffee, vanilla, licorice. Aroma is woody along with all other taste deScriptors. Finely carbonated, creamy mouthfeel. My first perfect beer after almost seven years on this site, holy cow. Regular Fred is one of my favorite beers of all time and barrel aging just raises up an already awesome beer to phenomenal in every respect. wetherel (1882) - Cupertino, California, USA - SEP 21, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 4, 2007 Batch 64 bottle from Epeeist. Many thanks to Chris for this gem! Pours with a nice small head with microbubbles that keeps replenishing itself with small streams of bubbles from the glass. Cloudy thick amber liquid. Aroma was initially a bit funky on pour, but after typing for a minute, the aroma becomes and excellent combination of forward oak, butter (not diacetyl) and malty subdued caramelization. First taste is heaven. Oh man that was good. So smooth, and mellow, and creamy. A perfect amount of oxidation, so subtle, you barely know it’s there. A perfect palate. A complex bitterness coats your entire tongue in bath of flavor. Perfect leaning toward the sweet side. I don’t know how they got the carbonation level so perfect. Wow. I want to sip it all day, and chug it at the same time. One heavenly beer. Woohoo! tturner (111) - , Washington, USA - DEC 5, 2008
Big wood festival. Apricot with a nice earthy fig/date foundation. a balanced Hoppy flavor. very balanced. brilliant. world class.
drpimento (3628) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 28, 2015
This is the ’08 version and man o man, I didn’t know Yaweh / JC worked as a brewmaster. Because Shirley there is a divine hand in this beer. All of the qualities are traditional and tweaked to the nth degree. The oak matches the malt matches the hops matches the yeast all perfectly & without flaw. Body couldn’t be better. Appearance is better than I expected. dwyerpg (6180) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - NOV 6, 2006
Side-by-sided this with the original at Bill and Steiny’s party. Very different. A fresher, funkier aroma, the taste is hoppier and just plain better the whole way through. Excellent. A1. jzzbassman (1631) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JUN 1, 2007
Batch 64. This one just keeps getting better. I was a little worried about my case after being moved a couple of times, but it seems to be coming along splendidly.Aroma of leather and pipe tobacco. Flavor is sweet Mexican vanilla and oak, with a rich toffee background that is sublime. Amazing in every way. mtoast (336) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 25, 2008
2007 Vintage, 12oz bottle courtesy of msubulldog over on BA. Holy fucking shit. Really, that’s about all I can say about this. I want this beer to whisper gentle thoughts in my ear while it violently rapes me... wait, it already is. robinvboyer (4656) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 30, 2008
nose of vanilla, oak, caramel, hops, and some sticky toffee apples. the mouthfeel is so thick, and satisfying. Wow, what a flavour!! SUPER smooth, some really nice vanilla, and oak flavours topped off with more of that toffee apple, with a nice hoppy finish, with a lingering caramal. wow, what an amazing beer!