jtclockwork (17343) - , New Jersey, USA - NOV 11, 2010
2009 bottle thanks to Jcwattsrugger. Pours cider brown. Nose of caramel malts, Fuggles, brown sugar. Taste of brown sugar, caramel malts and light plums. jcwattsrugger (12549) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - NOV 16, 2010
22oz bottle-pours a slightly hazy amber with a big tight foamy light tan head. Aroma is slight medium fruit, musty, grain. Taste is medium malt-caramel, spice hops. Lots of effervescence. 3.2 Then 2nd ½ of bottle is cloudy/murky and the effervescence has calmed. Nice. 3.5 DocLock (11103) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 8, 2008
Thanks to fly for this, and I agree that with a little more polish and technical merit, this one would be rated extremely highly. As it stands, it’s still a very nice holiday beer, with a hazy dull orangy/deep coppery color and aroma of caramel malt, honey, figgy fruit, nutmeg, plum, and cherry, with those aromas intermingling to give a complex flavor, with the malt, x-mas spices, fruit, cabernet, and honey notes coming through at various times. I had to decant this one carefully toward the end, and it seemed to get better as it warmed. This is a very nice and unique beer. kp (10880) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAR 8, 2009
JoeMcPhee (9575) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 27, 2008
Date: February 22, 2009
Appearance: clear copper, wispy beige head, streaks of lace
Aroma: sweet caramel aroma
Flavor: sweet caramel flavor, nice spicy character, balancing bitterness follows the spicyness, touch of candy caramel brings it back to sweet, nice bitter finish
Aroma: 5/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 11/20
Thanks to notalush for bringing this one out. Deep amber beer, slightly cloudy with a white head. Earthy, spicy aroma. Lots of herbal character as well. Sweet pale caramel malts. Cherry, apple, pear fruitiness with a soft figgy/raisiny character. A soft fruity and toffeeish character. The palate is a bit thinnish, but otherwise it works.
PorterPounder (8312) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 1, 2004
Had on tap at the brewpub in Austin. My choice of the sampler to have a full pint of. Pours a light amber color with a light tight, but persisitent white head. Aroma has some nice sugary sweet bubble gum accents with some fruity notes. Flavor has some notes reminiscent of a Belgian with that delectable cotton candy sugarness. Some yeasty notes as well. Overall, a decent after dinner treat and a good departure for a brewpub. JaBier (8307) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JAN 24, 2009
Bottle sample courtesy of bgburdman. Cloudy amber in color with a thin white head. Malty nose with cherry and raspberry character. Sweet flavor with some tart fruit influence and a sugary finish. kramer (6908) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 21, 2008
25 oz bottle, via lb4lb. First pour is a nice dark gold to orange body with a slight haze under a fizzy light beige head that faded to a wispy film. The second pour looks like it’s going to be nasty, there’s a huge amount of globby floaties churning about in the bottle. The nose has two big competing aromas, sweet toffee malt and fresh juicy green apples. There’s some mulling spices, a touch of alcohol, and a bit of a graininess. The flavor is very sweet with tons of fruitiness and alcohol. This almost reminds me of Captain Lawrence Golden delicious on the finish. A good amount of yeast influence, crackery malt, and just a little lingering bitterness peeking out. Mouthfeel is full and thick with moderate fizzy carbonation and tons of warmth going down the chest. Overall, this was pretty decent, it grew on me the more of it I had. Really tasted like it was a little higher than 8.5%. Cletus (6368) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 19, 2008
Bottle courtesy of lb4lb. Pours mahogany/amber with a fizzy white head. Smells of roses, caramel, hints of cherries, some toffee. Taste yields lots of rosy character, some raisin, bits of caramel, touches of citrus and some subtle bitterness. Some alcohol is also present here. Low carbonation (similar to a cask beer) results in a somewhat flat but oily mouthfeel. Finish reveals some bitterness. Interesting, but a little unbalanced. Mora2000 (6158) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JAN 29, 2011
On tap at the brewery.
Listed as an English Barleywine.
The beer pours a hazy dark reddish brown color with a tan head. The aroma is very heavy on the dark fruit and some very sweet malt. The flavor is similar with some added notes. I get a lot of brown sugar from the malt as well as some piney hops, dark fruit and some alcohol. The beer is fairly boozy, but less so than some other barleywines. The predominant flavor is brown sugar. Medium mouthfeel and low to medium carbonation.