Travlr (26075) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JAN 19, 2010
Bottle courtesy of Greg at Birreria Paradiso - thanks Greg!
Medium murky brown color with a thin white head that settles quickly and leaves good lacing. Aroma of oak and whisky. Flavor has lots of malt and caramel, wood and earth, and a background of light smoke. Whisky is in the aroma where it belongs, but doesn’t overpower the taste. Nice. Papsoe (25056) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JAN 14, 2008
(Bottle 75 cl) Courtesy of MPA. Bottle #655. Pours a hazy, dark, orangey brown with a creamy, light brown head. Pleasant aroma of caramel, overripe fruit and wood. Medium body with notes of dry, lightly burned caramel and some overripe fruit. Discreet but pleasant accents from the barrel. Fairly bitter finish. A very good if not exactly outstanding Barley Wine. 120108 Oakes (18828) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 23, 2008
Pours a bright, dark, golden-red with a beautiful, loose head. The aroma is gorgeous - deep dark fruitiness (cherries, plums), then getting into tobacco territory, with overtones of a herbal estate chocolate. Sweetish start moves to a moderately bitter chocolate middle, then takes on a slightly boozy accent later. The elements aren’t coming together on the tongue the way they did on the nose, which is too bad because there’s some killer stuff going on here...a little age might improve this a lot. jtclockwork (17264) - , New Jersey, USA - JAN 23, 2011
Bottle shared at Dmac’s. Pours black with tan head. Nose of funky sour apple, barrel and funk. Taste of funky sour apple skins, rye, wood, caramel, funk and toffee. Clearly infected, though still consumable as a sour. Tmoney99 (14968) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 24, 2010
Bottle at Natifest ’10. Poured hazy reddish brown color with a large frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate to heavy dark fruit, toffee and alcohol aroma. Medium to full body with a thick smooth texture and flat carbonation. Moderate to heavy complex fruity sweet flavor with a medium to heavy sweet and alcohol burn finish that was long lasting. This is a good complex beer.
argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 7, 2008
(750ml bottle, batch E!007) Yeast-filled murky brown body topped by large beige head that leaves nice lacing. Aroma is medium sweet, caramel, raisin, some rye, alcohol. Taste is moderately sweet, caramel, raisin, some alcohol, light chocolate/vanilla. Full body with moderate stickiness that nevertheless is fairly easy to drink. Drake (14078) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 30, 2008
This beer’s 100th rating. Yay! 750 mL bottle courtesy of Alraomon. Thanks! Batch E!007. Pours a
dark brown color with a huge offwhite head. Great head retention
and lacing. The aroma is rye, chocolate, vanilla, oak and some
earthy tones. Taste is rye whisky, oak, vanilla, chocolate and
cherry. Smooth and full bodied. Quite nice. Dogbrick (13763) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 27, 2008
Sample at the Columbus Ratebeer gathering at ogglethorp’s 11/20/08: Batch #E!007 courtesy of a traveling colleague. The beer is a murky reddish brown color with a wispy off-white head that diminishes quickly. Spotty lacing on the glass. Aroma of malt and nuts plus a touch of vanilla. Full-bodied with flavors of oak, earthy malt and vanilla. Some fruit in the background as well. The finish is malty with hints of rye and vanilla, and leaves a lingering dark fruit aftertaste. Overall an interesting take on the style that I enjoyed. bu11zeye (13215) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAR 2, 2008
(750ml bottle) Pours a cloudy dark amber-orange body with a small beige head. Aroma of caramel, plum, wood, and toffee. Flavor of artificial cherry, pine, dark caramel, rye, some chocolate, and brown sugar with a dry finish.