hotstuff (5257) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - JAN 13, 2016 Strykzone (7652) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - NOV 14, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at an esbls tasting. Mid brown. A boozy fruoty nose. This also tastes boozy. Dark complex fruit and rich malts. Tasty and smooth.
Rated on 7-29-2015 (Bottle) The appearance presents a small creamy, smooth beige head with a lengthy retention, hazy amber body, fast rising carbonation, and spotty amounts of lacing. The aroma is fruity, malt and spicy. The flavor is lightly bitter, semi-sweet, fruity, lightly roasted, and alcohol. The mouthfeel has a warming sensation as the beer warms up and light carbonation. This beer is medium bodied. A quaffable barley wine with a light-moderate bitter aftertaste. jandd1983 (4577) - Wentzville, Missouri, USA - JUL 19, 2014
Sampled at ESBLS. It poured a clear amber color with a tan head. The aroma was of caramel, roasted malts and cherry. The taste was of cherry, roasted malts, grass, toffee and caramel. Good stuff. zoucrew102 (2104) - - APR 27, 2014
Bomber, thanks sevenhokie. Caramelized sugar aroma with dark fruit and subtle booze notes. Pours cloudy ruby red with a decent off-white head with poor retention and some lacing. Sweet caramelized sugar and dark fruit to start. Finishes smooth with a bit of dry hoppiness at the end. Nice barleywine. italarican (1606) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 3, 2014
Bottle shared at the Foothills Sexual Chocolate pre-release party. Aroma is heavy on the caramel malts, even for a barleywine. Pancake syrup notes with caramelized sugars. Some fairly standard barleywine characteristics generally covered by excessive sugar. Chudwick (3367) - Taylor Mill, Kentucky, USA - AUG 26, 2013
double deuce - pours cloudy, deep amber with beige head. Nose is caramel and resin. Flavor adds pine, earthy notes, booze and toast. Nodding as I think of what to write. dry finish. heavy sweet with medium to heavy bitterness. Really mellows out as it warms.
Mora2000 (6158) - McKinney, Texas, USA - AUG 11, 2013
Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle. Brown-red pour with an off-white head. The aroma is full of brown sugar and cherries. The flavor is similar with some sweet brown sugar, caramel and toffee notes. There is also some leather and tobacco character in the flavor. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 9, 2013
In short: A very sweet and resinous barley wine. Uber-sticky and not easy to drink.drewbeerme (3921) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 5, 2013
How: Bottle 22oz, almost one year of age, bottle sent to me by drfabulous, thanks Jeff.
The look: Cloudy copper body topped by a persistent small beige head leaving good lacings on the glass.
In long: Nose is big heavy caramelized malts, wood sap, table syrup. Taste has a ton of brown sugar upfront, toasted cereals, sticky caramel, sugar pie, dense bread covered with sweet table syrup, some dried dark fruits, baklava, resinous wooden hops. This beer is generously hopped but even the highly resinous hops feel sticky, everything feels sticky in this beer. Not an easy to drink beer to say the least. Too much for its own good. If breweries were movies, New Albanian would be a straight to DVD brewery.
Bottle. Pours a murky deep red with white head. Big raisin and toffee/molasses, and sherry oxidation in the background. Flavors have a big sweet caramel and rum raisin character, lots of booze here as it really overwhelms everything, sticky and prickly finish. Heavy body. brystmar (1314) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 27, 2013
Boozy. Dry malts, not enough grain variety, yeast is a tad overactive. Not good, and unlikely to improve much with age. Did I mention boozy? thirdeye11 (6162) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 17, 2013
(22oz bomber) rich copper/amber color with creamy tan head. Nose of grass, caramel, juicy, ripe fruits. Taste of alcohol, toasty grain, a bit of berry, creamy, alcohol linger, with some fruit sticking around on the palate also.