bb (9241) - Alamo, California, USA - AUG 23, 2004
Bottle. Batch 49. HUGE head, Amber color beer with an off-white head. Very carbonatd. Fruity aroma - peach, mango, some citrus. Rich flavor - spicey, malty, honey, alcohol, some yeast. Complex but smooth. Full bodied. joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 23, 2004
Batch 22. Clear dark amber. Thin, frothy beige head. Rich malty aroma of dark fruit (dates, raisins, plums) & malt (caramel, toffee, molasses) w/ some spicy hop notes. Thick, full-bodied feel. Very rich & complex flavour of malt (caramel, molasses, licorice), fruit (cherries, dates, raisins, apricot), vanilla & spicy hops. Warm, peppery finish. Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 23, 2004
Batch #36...poured deep murky orangey amber with very thin tan head...smells fruity, caramel, and hoppy...tastes thick with malty sweetness up front, but a very hoppy bitter back end...definately did not expect this...quite good, not a Texas summertime treat though...bitter hoppy alcohol finish...this is a very delicious unique barley wine, but if it was a little thinner bodied (or I put some water in it), I would say it is an aweful imperial IPA...definately going to hang on to a bottle of this come winter time though... DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 22, 2004
Batch #22. Single malt-like aroma, orange/amber hue, almost no head. Hearty malt, caramel notes. Full bodied, very warming. Lovely! Thanks joey_capps. IndianaRed (4546) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 16, 2004
Bottle Pours a deep cloudy amber with a decent head and nice lacing. Aroma is a strong yeasty, grain, alcohol. Flavors are of oak barrels, whiskey, and roasted barley. Quite strong. Feel is heavy, smooth and thick. Finish has some back of the toungue pucker and slightly bitter trailer.
A good showing of a style that is not my favorite.
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - AUG 15, 2004
Bottled. Batch #48. Golden orange colour with foggy consistency. Strong hop aroma with warm dry hay notes. Smooth bitter hop flavou, strong and concentrated. Impressive length indeed. MullMan (1099) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - AUG 14, 2004
batch #53. pours reddish golden, fairly clearish with few bubbles in the body and micro yeast particles. creamy off white/tannish head that has moderate last. lacing makes some cool arcing patterns. fruity/yeasty/hoppy aroma. citrus peel & apricot. taste is a hop attack! so many hop flavors beyond my abilities. alcohol burn, rye whiskey/bourbon like flavor. light fizzy carbonation. strongly dry rye malt flavor. was hoping this would be a strong double IPA saison, but it’s a little overpowering for me. HumuloneRed (751) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 13, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2005 Bottle. Batch #40. Pours a slightly murky copper/gold with a big rocky head and great lacing. Grassy and spicy hop nose with a underlying sweet malt aroma. Smooth hop bitterness and well rounded hop and malt profile. Dry finish and lingering bitterness. Great beer.
I just opened a batch #36 and it is great.
It has developed a nice round maltiness. CamdenD (1197) - Madrid, SPAIN - AUG 13, 2004
Barleywine or IIPA? This "Special Golden Ale" is an impressive offering from a brewery that I am just beginning to taste. Quite a bit lighter than Adam, Fred offers a nice hoppy tongue that, to me, most barlywines lack, which helps counteract any overly sweet malt bases. At 10%, this beer has a sturdy backbone. I like it. DocLock (10659) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 9, 2004
Thank you to BrooklynBoy for this one...Batch #46. Pours turbid orange, with more foamy, white head than a Manhattan socialite party. First off, I love the label here. My apologies to Fred Eckhardt, who I've just had a chance to read up on. I was not aware of Fred's illustrious history in the brewing world. My ignorance is not an excuse, and Fred, cheers, and more power to you, man! Anyway, on to the beer, which is the main point of this text. Big aroma of malt, hopflocit, barnyard earth and spice. Tastes malty, very rich, with a big fruitiness, florals, spice, barnyardiness, and some bier de gardishness in the finish. Also, I noticed apricot, chardonnay, and scotch. The palate is dense, full, smooth, slightly astringent. The head stayed put all the way through this one...looking like a rootbeer float at the end. Even my copious forehead oils couldn’t dent this head. Also, let me clarify that the term "barnyard" here is definitely a good thing...much different than say....going down on your girlfriend and describing it as a "barnyard odor and flavor". Doing that would definitely get you two knees to the head. I put this one at 2 parts bier de garde, 1 part Belgian tripel, and 2 parts Belgian strong ale, with all parts being equally delicious. I can’t wait to try the other HOTD styles. Actually, this one was very Unibroueish in taste, aroma, and finish. Very good.