AgentSteve (1647) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - FEB 22, 2009
From Mreusch. Pours dark ruddy brown with a thin cream colored head. Nose is tart and oak. Strong vinegar like tartness. The flavor is dried fruit and caramel with a tart vinous front, smooth oak in the mid to finish, and then a bitter aftertaste. Old Tom may have been the base beer for this one, but it seems the barrel may have turned this into a decent sour. ogglethorp (919) - Ohio, USA - FEB 20, 2009
Hand bottle via the epeeist, huge thanks! Pours a copper color with a small beige colored head. Aroma is tart fruit, caramel, alcohol, oak. Flavor is caramel, leather, tart fruits, alcohol, oak. Palate is medium bodied, mild carbonation, finished mildly tart and dry with a blast of alcohol warming. Interesting brew, the alcohol warming along with the tartness is quite unique. Nice. goldtwins (4319) - Nesconset, New York, USA - FEB 7, 2009
Poured a hazed amber color with a minimal head. Big tart fruit aroma with notes of leather and wood. Some sweet malt starts off the flavor with a light tartness in the middle. Dry finish with a bitter backbone. Medium bodied and nice warmth in the chest. Ratman197 (15354) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JAN 11, 2009
Hand bottle thanks to BrianK poured a hazy copper brown with a lingering ring of amber foam. Aromas of oak, vanilla, carmel, dark fruit, spice and light toffee. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of oak, vanilla, toffee, carmel, spice and light plum with a smooth dry lingering bittersweet finish. after4ever (8025) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - JAN 11, 2009
12-oz hand-bottle. Thanks, Riverside! Pours an opaque dark brown with light gray film. Cherry sour, barnyard funk, and sherry/brown apple oxidation on the nose. Creamy medium body. Tart and funky mid-palate, of caramel, toast, and funk. Mild finish. Lovely, and very interesting, stuff.
fordest (2469) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - JAN 3, 2009
12 oz bottle shared with toncatcher. Wood in the aromas and flavors. Some fruit flavors too. Decent spice on the finish. Different kind of beer. masonjer (609) - Holt, Michigan, USA - JAN 2, 2009
Well, didn’t think I would get a shot at this one. Again, thanks to Pantanap. Appeared amber with almost no head, just a few bubbles out of the handbottle. Aroma was fruity, oak, with some slightly tart berries. Taste was much the same with some more tartness, red wine notes, fairly dry and earthy hops and a quick finish. This might be another case of the difference between a handbottle and tap. Good but not great. Beerlando (3343) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 1, 2009
Grolsch swingtop handbottle, courtesy TheEepiest. Bottled on 10/30/08 and consumed on 11/9/08. Pours a dark and dense, muddy, caramel brown color with hints of mauve. A small, dense, creamy beige head settles to a thin film, leaving splotches of microfilm lacing on the glass. The aroma comes as a bit of a shock, as it is certainly unlike any other barleywine I’ve ever encountered. Dried sweet and sour fruit notes are first to hit, followed by caramel apples, cider, figs, berries, and sour cherries. Funky, soured French oak asserts its vanilla influence, while cinnamon and raw cacao nibs lend earthy, spicy depth. Upon the first sip, the thought of Jolly Pumpkin Maracaibo Especial immediately comes to mind, only reduced to a barleywine. Dry caramel, apple cider, cocoa, toasted oak, and vanilla are all featured prominently. Sour sherries play a surprisingly big role, with hints of bitter orange peel, cinnamon and nutmeg lending spicy depth. There is a bretty overtone throughout, contributing to the relative dryness. Medium to full bodied and sweet, but not cloying, the finish turns slightly bitter and dry. I keep coming back to the thought that if Jolly Pumpkin made a barleywine, this would be it. Fantastic beer. cgarvieuk (25987) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 1, 2009
Hand Bottle at home ... big thankt to GMCC2181 ... Hazy red ... sour fruity light woodyness nose very reminicant of barnyards and chickens but in a pleasent way though the faces on some of the others while the smelt it was a picture ... low to medium carbonation but it was a hand bottle ... sweet tofffee ... juicy malts ... just a tiny amoun of lambit tones (which worked very well for me) ... light lemon cremola foam ...little pine ... lovely JoeMcPhee (9549) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 31, 2008
Hand bottle shared by puzzl. Hazy amber beer with a thin head. Aroma is really quite impressive. Bright woody aroma with a touch of light lactic character. Fruity and lightly oaky. Bright vanilla and a touch of light white balsamic character. As it warms I get a very terrific orangey/fruity character. A bit of citrus and soft herbal undertones. Flavour is also quite nice. Slight cherryish sweetness. Surprisingly lean for a beer this big. Fruit is bright and tasty. Man... this stuff is delicious.