reggiedunlop (3725) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 6, 2013
pours a clear amber with no head. aroma has light tartness with bourbony notes...bourbon barreled? flavor has lightly tart fruit, some caramel, and bourbon notes...odd...dont think it was BB. mouthfeel is full and syrupy...lifeless...tart fruit/bourbon finish. daknole (11049) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 4, 2013
Murky brown pour, smallish head. Funky notes of fruit, tartness, caramel, leathery, some sweetness, a bit oxidized. Odd! mabel (9246) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 29, 2012
[4681-20120817] Bottle. Strong spicy almost peppermint malt aroma. Slightly hazy, amber brown body with a quick creamy off-white head. Spicy sugared maple grains flavour. Medium body. Average. (7/3/6/3/13) 3.2
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 3, 2012
(@ Campground Brewdown 2012, Millmont, PA)
In short: A weird messy sweet vinous amber ale.dmac (6267) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - OCT 23, 2012
How: Bottle 750ml (#62 of 144) shared at Camping Brewdown 2012
The look: Muddy dark amber topped by a tiny beige head
In long: Nose is woody, strange fruity esters, a light spiciness. Taste is very sweet, sugary light color fruits, sweet cheap white wine, rough oak, vanilla, awkward tartness and acidity. Felt amateurish, a long-shot experiment that didn’t turn right. This one didn’t work for me, drinking a full bottle must be a chore. I never know if I should be happy or offended when at a party someone offers me a beer and it is a bad beer, same two conflicting emotions as when my doctor told me I didn’t suffer from Tourette’s syndrome but I was simply as vulgar asshole.
Bottle shared at Campground Brewdown. Poured an ugly muddy orange body with a small tight foamy head. Aroma is nice, fruit, white grapes, vinous, yeast. Slightly acidic body that is on the dry side with averge carbonation and some noticable heat. Fruity flavor, vinous, yeast, bread crusts, citrus rind and alcohol.
jercraigs (10374) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 26, 2012
2012-08-17. Dark orange amber body, small beige head. 3+ Flavour is interesting, sort of woody with a sweet malt core, pale malt with caramel notes, light alcohol and modest fruit that comes out as you go, light bitterness. 7+ Woody aroma, sort of like french oak, toasty accented pale malt. Average plus bodied palate. Okay. Bottle, Campground Brewdown 2012 Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - APR 28, 2012
750ml bottle. Rating #19. Light sour, a little sweet and some oxidation. Decent, but a little off. (2353) riversideAK (6261) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JAN 28, 2012
Wood sour notes vanilla windy notes caramel green apple. Smells like the description. Pours reddish amber thin head. Definite barleywine caramel apple wood sour funky yeast Lacto tartness. Wood floors linger. Carbon is low. It is what it claims to be. Not bad at all. Solid stuff. Thorpe429 (5035) - , Illinois, USA - SEP 1, 2011
Bottle number 9 of 144 courtesy of yourefragile at last night’s barrel-aged barleywine tasting. Served in a SAVOR snifter.
Disclaimer: this bottle was flat but we force-carbed it to a low volume. Bottle is reviewed based on that, though the flat version didn’t suffer too much against the slightly-carbed version.
Pours a smooth toffee color with virtually nothing other than a few bubbles that pop up. No head to retain, nor was there any lacing.
The nose brought forward a nice level of complexity with notes of oak and vanilla in the background, paired with a good dosing of caramel. Atop all of that is a slight sour twang and quite a bit of red-wine character. The flavor keeps things going with a prominent red-grape bite plus oak and very light acidity. Some tannins.
The oak and red wine add beautifully to the feel of what seems like would otherwise be a pretty decent barleywine. Like the experimentation here. Glad to have tried this.
jtclockwork (16602) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 26, 2011
Bottle 28 of 144 thanks to Jaxson. Pours reddish amber. Very clear. Nose is candi sugar, lightly tart vinegar and caramel toffee. Taste is a bit off - some plastic notes mixed in with blood orange peels and a sticky barleywine (caramel toffee and some candi sugar mostly). Mouth feel is almost completely dry. Vinegar feel, but little tartness. Interesting experiment, but this is the first beer from them I didn’t like. The others I had were much better.