Quake1028 (636) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 12, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Courtesy of Degarth. He’s a pretty swell fellow. Black pour, looks like Stone XI coming out of the bottle. Light tan, creamy head, 1.5 fingers thick and mostly diminishing. Recedes to a ring of foam that stays around for the duration. Nose of very green hops, pine cones, caramel, chocolate, toffee, dark malts and fruits. Some heat is apparent in the flavor profile, along with more hops, dark fruits and chocolate. It’s not really dominant in one flavor aspect. Very unique beer in the sense that it doesn’t look anything like what is smells or tastes like with regards to how heavily hopped it is. Low astringency, creamy and slightly sticky, but not cloying. Finish is very lengthy, lightly bitter and then fading into sweet fruits to finish everything up. In the end I don’t know if this beer is trying to be a Barley Wine, a IIPA or a Strong Ale, but whatever it is, it’s damn good.
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 12, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a hazy brown color with a tan head. Aroma is dark malt, roasty, and some resinous citrus hops. Flavor is malty, caramel, roasted malts, and a bitter resinous hops finish.
Bockyhorsey (2628) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - DEC 10, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Aroma gives our a potent yeasty bread. Alswo some chocolate roast. Dark brown body with dark chocolate head, decent lacing. Flavor had an alcohol wollaop and for the most part yeasty wheat grains. Roasted malts are also present but alcohol hits hard. Body warming effect good session beer.
zathrus13 (1766) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - DEC 8, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Brown, with a tan head. Aroma is piney hops, with some roasted malt and chocolate. Flavor is piney hops, roasted malt, chocolate, and alcohol. Nice creamy body.
ako (166) - Turku, FINLAND - DEC 8, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark reddish amber, huge tan head. Stunningly beautiful. Kinda roasty aroma, pine, sweetness, juniper, you name it... Complex. Flavor has a ton of hops with a dark maltyness around there somewhere. Not nearly as sweet as the aroma promises. There’s the pine again. Feels like sucking a branch of a christmas tree. Not that I have tried. Exciting finish leaves you with a dry feel without much of the bitterness one might expect. I gotta give it a re-taste in, say, six months and see how it ages. Very promising so far.
Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 7, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 23, 2007 Deep black-amber color with a thick then thin foamy whitish head. Notes of grassy cookies. Great hardy mouth feel and smooth complex finish.
coldbrewky (1721) - Hippetown East, New York, USA - DEC 7, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle via Maria in trade. Pours a seep sienna /umber with minimal head. Nose is malty sweet. Some sediment at bottom ob bottle Full body is accompanied by a flat dryness of hops that is melded well with the undulating malts from just after first mouthfeel to finish. Nuttiness of acorns mixed with earth as sublte points in body. Aftertaste is light tangy hops that last and tingle the gums.
TAR (2708) - Marshall (Asheville area), North Carolina, USA - DEC 7, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark chestnut. Thick cakey off-tan head clings nicely and displays excellent retention. Nice medley of spruce tips, grapefruit, apricot, pinesap, airy phenols and cocoa-tinged malt. Gluey yeast and hints of aspirin somewhat tarnish the brightness. Butter toffee is muted. Expressive carbonation. Body is full and well rounded. Gooey sappiness immediately blankets the palate, but is gorgeously pierced by a lush and powerful surge of chocolate fudge and velvety cocoa. Lustrous dab of anise quells the sweet resins and heavy residuals with a dry and spicy earthiness. The fiercely oily center is partially lifted by a poignant pine-laced spiciness from the hops. High concentration of resins never overtire the palate thanks, in large part, to the clean attenuation. Nuanced spicy-hop layers also help allay the relentless resinous assault. Grapefruit imparts some flabbiness, however, despite the crisp maltiness and poignantly-spicy hop derivatives. Yeastiness slightly weighs down the palate, as well, but doesn’t obscure a whole lot of the brightness. Finespun phenols compensate nicely. Finishes intensely spicy with a clean afterglow of minty alcohol which echoes the conifer-hop-laden crescendo. Dark malt remains delightfully snappy beneath the omnipresent sappiness, as vibrant notes of fudge, bitter cocoa, and milk chocolate linger, though the hops unfortunately eventually topple the lingering malt. This is a bit kitchen sinkish in some ways, but, unlike so many American(ized) heavyweights, some finesse is what sets this apart. Gotta love the spectacular head retention, soft and tight carbonation, as well as the unfiltered state which imparts ample fullness. That said, even as a hophead, the hops happen to overwhelm the malt subtleties, which is too bad considering these are some of the cleanest-extracted malts I’ve experienced in a long time. Very good beer, but a few minor adjustments would catapult this into world-class status.
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 3, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle (tasting hosted by after4ever) - pours dark brown with cream colored head and nice lacing; loud aroma mix of hops, sugars, alcohol and spices; drinks a little bitter at first, but the hops settle nicely with the sweetness; the great argument beer of the night over the classification; regardless, a very tasty beer and one to enjoy many times over
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - DEC 2, 2007
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
The bottle says Barley Wine and RB says DIPA. Whatever it is, it’s got a warm spot in my heart. 100 pours dark brown with a huge, everlasting head that just won’t quit. It’s sticky and stubborn leaving a fluffy island and snail tracks along the walls of my goblet. Aromas of leathered malts. Full nectar with ample residual effers that are soft to the touch. My first impression is of surpirse at the dark, almost black color and very interested. This beer is very generous. It has a mild roast, a moderate hop component, and a moderate sweetness factor. All this is balanced with a plethora of flavanoids. Bitter cocoa, roasted espresso, leather, molasses, vanilla cream. The finish is long like a Saturn winter with the warmth of the Sun. A nice citrus rind bittering component helps as the curtain closes. Overall: I was completely surprised by this brew. It says Barley Wine on the bottle and I wasn’t really in the mood so I kept saving it. I finally gave in and to my amazement I have discovered a new classic gem. 100 drinks well cold, mid warmth, and room temp. There is no reason why this brew isn’t scoring 100. This brew is underrated. I highly recommend 100 with flying colors.