sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 17, 2008
Shared at Cleveland tasting 3/15 Bottle: Pours a hazy gold with a white head. Aroma, light spices, yeast, some fruits. Flavor, spices, yeasty, sweet malts, fruits, and a bit doughy. GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 18, 2009
750mL bottle courtesy of slimchill poured into a tulip.
Pours a murky caramel orange with small floaties in the first pour underneath a small head of big bubbles that recedes to a small collar and left some delicate lacing.
The aroma is musky but sweet with lots of apple and pear sweetness with a healthy dose of bready malts as well. There are hints of spices, maybe cinnamon and pepper.
The taste has an interesting spicy kick up front before the big light fruit sweetness comes on with apples mainly and a hint of floral sweetness. The spices come back in the finish with a slight peppery dryness.
The mouthfeel is very slick with low carbonation - drinks almost like a cask ale.
This is a very interesting beer from NXNW with lots of fruity sweetness battling with an herbal spiciness throughout. Certainly worth a try and very original. Andrew196 (1922) - Katy, Texas, USA - NOV 15, 2002
Unlike any other beer you can get at this place. At nearly 10% abv, this beer is a departure from the hoppy, lighter beers you typically find here. Smelled rather fruity, grapes, yeast. Tasted like a weak barleywine with a pleasant bready malt finish. Not bad! Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - DEC 16, 2005
Tap. The one I had claimed to be an English style barleywine. Had an iced-t colored body with a lasting film of bubbles. Nose-quite subdued, light malt extract. Taste-big ’ol dose of chocolate baking powder-chalky, light caranel (like soft caramel chews), almost woody but the chalkiness is all consuming and imposible to get past. bleeng (1682) - Seattle still not near Beersel., Washington, USA - JAN 17, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2008 Draft at NXNW. Poured yellow hazy. No nose due to the cold temp. Not sweet on the taste as most BW’s but very drinkable. Not sure about the English Strong ale label and not quite a barleywine either. Sort of a tweeer style that is very good nonetheless. Limit 2 at the bar.
ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - DEC 19, 2008
At brewery on December 19, 2008. Served in a short snifter. Orange amber color, little to no head, with a lovely hop aroma. A fruity flavor and nice ABV made this sweet and warm, a nice mix, but lacking a little hops in my opinion. A nice, warm finish, but with what seems like low alcohol... the feeling is much like a sharp cheese. Enjoyable!... fly (1486) - austin, Tejas, Texas, USA - DEC 17, 2007
Another good beer that with a bit of work would at least have me liking it perhaps far too much. Nice aroma and flavor, but a tad thin in body and fro my preferences, would benefit from a bit more malt "backbone". Other rhan that, easily quaffable as I polished off a 750 with ease. mmmbeer (1426) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 17, 2008
UPDATED: DEC 20, 2008 08 bottle served in trappist glass. Poured a faded maroon brown, medium carbonation of tiny bubbles. Aroma of dark fruit, various spices, and funk. Hits the mouth with a medium body, malt is fairly light, some mild sourness on the tailend, finish is complete. Something just seems lacking in this brew. golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - JAN 27, 2008
Bottle, thanks notalush. Hazy orange pour. Aroma is of cooked apples / spices. Kind of subtle apple in the flavor also, mildly sweet, with a malty finish. GodOfThunder (1249) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 2, 2009
UPDATED: FEB 15, 2009 On draft at the brewhouse. Amber pour with a slightly metallic caramel nose. Flavor is light and watery caramel with a light mouthfeel. Almost every NXNW beer I had on my trip tasted watered down. They werent bad flavors, just not nearly enough. This is no exception.