Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 1, 2009
Pours with a dark reddish-brown body topped by a thin head with some lacing. It’s slightly sweet and malty with lots of dark fruit notes and a little anise. Full bodied and hot. fiulijn (20492) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 30, 2009
UPDATED: APR 21, 2017 Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 28, 2009
2017-04-18, courtesy of Brian, vintage 2016, 11.5% ABV, 9-4-8-4-18=43
Dark brown color. Water base paint, phenol, tar, mild cocoa, malt, glue, caramel, cigar, soy sauce; it may sound weird, but there is so much going on here. Lean body, good blend of tobacco and caramel, hint of smoke, some tar and liquorice, bourbon, big booze. Traces of soy sauce in the final.
2009-08-30, courtesy of Per, 11.5% ABV, 8-4-8-4-18=42
Dark brown color; no carbonation nor head. Rich aroma, sweet caramel, molasses, maple syrup, plums, raisins; it also has a moldy oak cask touch, a bit musky too. Good body strength, partially syrupy mouthfeel; the flavor goes in line with the aroma: maple syrup, more chocolatey, a bit alcoholic, with molasses and some raisin, with strong bitterness. It would be better if the final would be less alcoholic. Interesting; I don’t think it’s spectacular, but it’s a good Barley Wine.
Thanks Dr. Bill. Pours a very viscous dark golden brown with a dark caramel head. Sweet, malty aroma with a soft smokey edge, booze, sweet fruit, and dark toasted caramel. Flavor is sweet with good roasted malt underpinnings, brandy, wood, and a hint of smoky autumn apples. The syrupy body coast the palate leaving it a bit sticky. It adds a bit of heaviness to this beer, but that is balanced out somewhat by the pleasant alcohol presence. Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - SEP 23, 2009
Rating #1000 for me, and I couldn’t have picked a better beer for the occasion, I have to give a huge thanks to Andre 5000 for sending me a couple of bottles. Rating #156. Deep dark mahogony pour with virtually no head. Great aroma, wood, some alcohol, a little soy sauce, chocolate, a lot of stuff going on there. Flavor was much the same, some dark, ripe fruits thrown in there, very rich and silky and a little sticky, this was glorious. ) ajm (1072) - Los Angeles, California, USA - SEP 18, 2009
UPDATED: SEP 23, 2011 Bottle from trevor22 - thank you sir! The nose is the least appealing part - very straightforward dark caramel malt in that typical HotDog style. The color is also well-trod ground for Mr. Sprints: a dark ruby brown. Then you taste it. Apple, caramel, winter spice (only a twist), then something very odd like taro, cream, vanilla, and somehow only the lightest whisper of wood. Is it perverse that I found this refreshing?
playitbybeer (118) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 18, 2009
From Dasilky1 for my birthdaybeer. Pours the color of Ron Burgundy’s finest brown suit with a nice head. Smells of sour apple, dried fruit, smoke, dry dog food, vinegar and some nice sour funk. Tastes of molasses, raisins, apples, black licorice, and good bourbon. Boooozy with a warming alcohol finish there’s a lingering but not unpleasant film left in your mouth. Very enjoyable. DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 18, 2009
Thanks go out to MJ for the trade. Sampled to celebrate the eve of playitbybeer’s 23rd birthday. Pours pretty headless and a dark brown with a purple hue. The nose is explosively vinous and boozy with a meaty smokiness and interesting notes of celery, ocean breeze, and apple cider. I could sit here for hours analyzing that nose. Huge vinous flavors and boozy too, and thick, dark, and meaty with residual sweetness from the candy sugar, adequate balancing green hop notes, hot warming alcohol, smokey nuances, and a grape-like or even raisin-like fruitiness. It almost has a cuvee de tommee-like malt profile without the wild yeast funk or sourness...so it’s got an old school refined sipper like attitude. Hella nice. SudsMcDuff (8429) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - SEP 16, 2009
creamy and delicious, woah.. dark ruby with a medium head .. so complex, and the locks were changed .. . plum to berry to apple to burnt wood; so so so complex oh whaaat a dream, merrily merrily ..fuck! so delicious! .. hammers! TURDFERGUSON (4058) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 9, 2009
Bottle shared by JCB. Thanks so much Jason. Sick. As expected, another big, rich, chewy, smokey, complex concoction from Alan Sprints. The combination of the already high abv and the barrels make this brew slightly too hot to handle right now but I can see this developing rather nicely in the years to come. Must find more to age. jake65 (3694) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - SEP 8, 2009
Bottle - thanks BuckeyeBoy. Pours a dark leathery brown with a thin, creamy tan head. Artful bits of sticky lacing. Sweet aroma is malty, dark fruits, brown sugar, and barrel notes. Flavor is rich and smooth. A very well balanced and blended taste of malt, dark pitted fruits, bananas, cloves, vinous, chocolate, and barrel notes. Silky and warming. Absolutely wonderful. I wonder what it would be like to freeze it twice and barrel age it for 20 years...