magsinva (1250) - Virginia, USA - JUL 31, 2013
Bottle from App Vintner - pours clear dark red with a nice tan head. Aroma is very cream brûlée. Nice! 574deadzone (1419) - North Central, Indiana, USA - AUG 26, 2013
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2013 On tap at the source. Pours deep amber-brown with a thin khaki ring of head that doesn’t lace much. Nose involves cocoa, toasted malt, earthy and herbal hops, some lighter citrus, brown sugar, and alcohol vapors. Pretty sweet, fairly bitter flavor, not intense at all. Ligher side of medium bodied, actively carbed, syrupy and sticky, with a lingering toffee-tinged bitter finish. Decent, but unrefined, drinks way too light for the style, and seems young. Age might completely erase what hops are there, though. More like an imperial amber or brown than a true barleywine. cubs (10635) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 7, 2014
On tap @ source. Shannon says that hellbenders are gotc worthy salamander ticks, so I’m obviously excited for this beer. Pours a hazy orangish brown appearance with a tan head. Fairly sweet, candy, toffee, fruity aroma. Fairly well balanced. Caramel. Moderate bitterness. Booze well hidden. Pretty good. illinismitty (2271) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 1, 2008
Bottle at Noogfest 08 courtesy of KP. Pours a dark amber with a white head. This has a fizzy, almost Belgian influenced texture. Initial flavor of toasted grains, bread, and cookie that transitions to a grapefruit, herbal, and somewhat minty bitterness. I did not pick up as much English traits as everyone else. This one seemed to struggle for identity on my palate. jcwattsrugger (12420) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 9, 2008
bottle @Noogfest4.0-thanks kp–pours a retaining off white head and hazy/cloudy amber color. Aroma is medium malt/bready, fruit, alcohol. Taste is medium malt/bready, fruit, alcohol.
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 15, 2008
750 ml bottle @ liquid sunshine tasting - thanks to riversideak; clear, light amber with big tan head; no carbonation in body though; aromas of mainly sugar and alcohol; lots of texture and a earthy feel to it; dry and sweet finish rudolf (2360) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 13, 2009
Bottle, thanks Mike! Amber body, white head. Nose is honey, older hops, a bit of malt. Flavor is honey malts, a bit of roast, cocoa, alcohol. swoopjones (7020) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 17, 2009
bottle. April 2008. Pours a slight murky amber brown, sweet rich malty aroma, brown sugar notes. Lacking richness of an English BW & hoppyness of an American BW. Higher carbonation than expected. OK kuphish (381) - Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA - MAR 27, 2010
750ml bottle courtesy of EithCubes. Pours a clear, deep amber body with an average, foamy, off-white head. Aroma is full of caramel and American hops. Some raisin, plum and cherry. Somewhat muddy. Dark fruit comes forth in the flavor with more caramel. Somewhat more pronounced and rounded flavors than in the aroma. Light alcohol presence. Full body with average carbonation for the style. Malty with a nice bitter presence and a raisiny finish. Some alcohol warmth. Overall pretty nice, but I’m kind of done after about 8 oz. Mr. Cubes, are you stealing my lines? Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 26, 2010
2008 (I think) 750mL bottle. Poured a lovely shade of clear garnet with a creamy, sticky, well-retained beige head. The aroma was on the sweet side with aged darker fruits, vinous notes, and molasses leading.. almost syrupy, with a hint of aspartame on the back.. the sweetness did mask the warmth well. The flavor found a lot of sugars at the core, with molasses, green grapes, and English toffee at the forefront.. not much bitterness to note, but apparent degradation hinted that there was some a year or two ago.. warmth rode out the finish over a grainy bed of fruit and toffee sugars.. an odd sharper bitterness popped up right at the very end, knocking it down a notch of enjoyment. Medium-bodied with rolling carbonation fighting with the sharp stuff at times.. thick and almost chewy over the last fifth or so, making it a little hard to get down.. warmed up the belly.. not bad.