RSRIZZO (2032) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - APR 20, 2008
Aroma is sweet with a faint oak scent. Color is a deep hazy orange brown with mild carbonation and a thin but tight off white head. Taste is bright, hoppy and sweet. Starting with a medium body it goes down crisp with a sweet feel. finish comes on with a mellow sweetness that seems to have a fruity taste, this is followed by a mild hop citrus, maybe hints of orange and ends with a little bitter bite. In the after taste the bitterness builds a little, this balances out the sweet and leaves you with a clean feel. Excellent brew, its bright and bold but leaves you clean making it very easy to drink. thegreenrooster (4584) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - APR 4, 2008
Pour is a nice looking dark red with a large tan head. Aroma is lots of caramel malt with some fruit and a nice wet hop. Flavor is a fresh blast of citrus with some caramel and toffee malts. Aftertaste leaves a nice hop resin on the tounge that lasts for awhile. No alcohol is to be found in this delightful beer. A little pricey but this is a damn fine beer. hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - MAR 23, 2008
750 ml from Liquor Outlet. Lightly hazy amber in color with a lasting off white head. Aroma: toasty caramel malt and molasses with a moderate amount of citrus and earthy hops. Taste is caramel, toasted malts, medium to big body with citrus and earthy hops. Bitterness is moderate, very well balanced ASA, nicely done. FlagstoneHill (215) - Erie, Colorado, USA - MAR 7, 2008
21 Feb 08, draft at the brewery BlackForestCO (1288) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - FEB 29, 2008
Clear dark amber, off white head, 4
Citusry hop aroma with lots of malty notes , 9 ,
Carmelly, malty, with a bitter finish, 9
Med-hvy body , 3
Smooth, nice ’big’ beer - good hop and malt balance. 18
UPDATED: MAR 5, 2009 05 bottle shared by mmtmatrix. Poured an amber-copper color with a thick beige head. Aroma of light malts, slight citrus, and some spicy undertones. Flavor of smooth, light caramel malts with a good, spicy hop finish with light citrus undertones. Hops were still pretty strong considering it was at least 2 years old. Mildly thick, smooth on the palate. No sign of alcohol, but it seemed to hold up quite well. Better than I was anticipating.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 15, 2008
Dark and thoroughly hazed, is this, near mahogany, maybe ruddy chestnut...underneath a thick slab of light tannish head...looking nice! adrian910ss (2597) - Doylestown, PA, USA - DEC 16, 2007
Aroma: surprisingly simplistic, I’m not getting much from it. (clears his nasal passage)...ah, there we go! Big time fruit, very much a bonafied boufante bitter, this guy, oversized, spilling hops and fruity associations...cherries, grapes, apples, even...I like it! A big-boned ESB, so far, and that I do appreciate.
Taste: Mmmm! Big fat hops all over the palate, big fruit, and plenty of bitter, and lots of lush malt, as well. Lots of bigness going on in here. Sweetness tickles the tongue and bitterness smacks it up. But, a double ESB, racking in at 9%...? Hoo-daddy!
This is a massive ale in a massive package which I may have saved for a night of sharing with friends, but, screw them, and hurray me! I’m enjoying it, and luxuriating in it...and, goldarnit, I deserve it!
Cheers to Lefthand for making this...I found it in the least likely store, for some reason, but I’m glad I tracked it down.
750 ml bottle. Pours a dark muddy brown orange with a medium sized creamy beige head. Lots of lacing. Unfiltered. Tangy aroma with hints of fruit roll ups, orange peel and caramel. Taste is of tangy orange peel, caramel, toffee and hops. Very good. SpringsLicker (3681) - Tennessee, USA - DEC 2, 2007
Starts with a large creamy head over a muddy dark orange/amber body. tyler_mn (2464) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - NOV 18, 2007
Aroma is strawberry jam on toast.
Plenty of malt with a good hop support.
Bottle. Aroma has a lot of candy bar sweetness at first. Caramel and toffee. Some wet wood. Roasted peanuts. Very malt forward with just a hint of hops. Pours cloudy amber with a thin khaki head. Flavor was drier than the nose would lead me to believe. Lots of dry oily hops. Chocolate (both milk and bittersweet). A hint of mint. Palate is rich and creamy. Finishes with a burst of piney hops. fiulijn (21399) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 13, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 8, 2010 2010-08-08, corked bottle, vintage 2008, 2 years old, 9.1% ABV, 7-5-8-4-16=40
After some shaking, it pours a hazy dark amber color, with a small, creamy, persistent head. Mild aroma of malt, caramel, vanilla, fudge. Good malt flavor, rich, with medium sweetness level, caramel, vanilla oak; correct bitterness level, not realy evident; the alcohol is warming. Good malty brew, as Barley Wine it could stand a few more years.
2007-07-03, corked bottle, 9% ABV, 8-5-8-4-16=41
Cloudy amber color; huge creamy head; nice lace. Hop aroma, but also malty and a bit cheesy. Very malty brew, and a lot of caramel; only then the bitterness comes in, strong, but not enough aromatic, resiny nor fruity.