StefanSD (2451) - Ouray, Colorado, USA - JUL 17, 2010
Bottle courtesy of secret Santa. Batch E!006. Pours a hazy amber-brown color with a small cream head . The aroma is very barley-wine like with roasted grains, almonds, toffee and fruits. Tastes of a barley-wine also, plenty of roasted malts, fruits and nuts. There was no real noticeable hop presence and a slight oxidation was detectable. The palate is full and smooth with soft carbonation. Finishes short and dry. Overall: I think that this ale is a slight bit past its prime, its still quite drinkable but the thrill is gone. SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - JUN 9, 2010
75cl bottle. Hazy amber-brown with a creamy beige head. Fruity aroma with caramel, bread crust, and spicy hops lingering in the back. Caramel malt sweetness with some raisin and moderate hoppy bitterness. Medium-full body with smooth carbonation. Has some fruity aged character similar to a barley wine, but stays a touch lighter on the palate. illidurit (2340) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 7, 2010
Pours a ruddy brown with a filmy tan head. Aroma has lots of toffee and some subdued stone fruity notes, sorta barleywine-esque in a way. Flavor is bready with faded hops, toffee, grapefruit, and a surprising smokiness. Earthy, bitter hop finish. Medium-to-full body, resinous and a bit sticky. Nickls (2535) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - MAY 28, 2010
(Old BA rate - bottle)
Poured with a decent light khaki color of head that dissipates quickly. Slight spotty lacing. Murky golden-brown color. Aroma has spicy pine-like hoppiness at first; dark fruits; prune-like sweetness; slight alcohol presence. Aggressive hoppiness with more cedary and piney characteristics, but backed up with a hefty maltiness. Some sweetness from the malts, and a touch of fruitiness (plums and maybe raisins?). Very light but noticeable carbonation, and a touch creamy on the palate. Nearing on medium for overall MF, and definitely warming. Definitely a sipper, but a damn enjoyable one. Alcohol doesn’t trump anything in taste, but slows me down a bit with the sample...as it should.
Overall, really fantastic brew. jkwalking05 (4735) - Arlington, Texas, USA - MAY 19, 2010
Hazy brown with a decent sized beige head. Aroma is of brown sugar and malt. Taste is of malt, brown sugar, caramel, light hops and fruit.
arminjewell (9650) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAY 6, 2010
Pours deep hazy red/orange with thick white head, aroma is some aged hops, caramel, and biscuit. Taste is nice and smooth, creamy, with some subdued hops and caramel leading into a nice biscuit and slightly bitter finish. Good, I’m sure it was awesome fresh! OldGrowth (3474) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - MAY 3, 2010
bottle, from secret santa. Good aroma, sweet, malty, little oxidized, but not in a bad way. Hazed brownish orange color, ok head, though I poured slow, got a better head on second pour. Bitter sweet flavor. Medium body, crea,y oily mouthfeel, bitter finish. Good brew, maybe a tad past it’s best. aroma and flavor were still borderline 8’s, so I bumped up my overall score. Thanks Santa.... sepia5 (237) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 1, 2010
Was excited to happen upon a few bottles of this recently. I’d read good things, so I thought I’d give it a try. Pours a deep read, almost brown, and produces a very large tan head. Nose is lots of malt, kind of grassy, and a bit of alcohol. Flavor is predominantly sweet malt. Kind of one dimensional, I think. A solid beer, but a bit of a letdown for this hophead. I sort of wonder if the hops haven’t receded, since it’s my understanding that this was brewed in 2008. If you’re a malt lover, this beer was made for you. ben4321 (6504) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - APR 19, 2010
Location: 750 ml bottle from Whole Foods-Bowery, 4/19/10
vtafro (7445) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - APR 15, 2010
Batch #: E!014
Aroma: The nose has a lot of fruit and hops to it with some sweet caramel and some woody notes as well
Appearance: It pours a slightly hazy reddish-brown color with a thick, creamy beige head that leaves streaks of lace on the glass
Flavor: The taste is sweet and hoppy, a well balanced and flavorful brew
Palate: It has a medium body, a somewhat oily mouthfeel, mild burn, and a soft carbonation
This stuff is quite good. A nice example of the hoppy amber style. This beer works pretty well. It is flavorful, drinks well, and it just works. The 10% is well covered, leaving only a mild burn. Another good one, I’m liking this Excelsior! series.
Draft. Brown pour with tan head. Interesting and probably over the hill. Red ale with hop that dropped out, has a malty finish.