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? SSSteve (4006) - - AUG 25, 2008
murky brown with excellent lined lacing under a big creamy beige head. aroma of caramel, alcohol, citrus hops, and some sour green apple. flavor sweetens up a bit with brown sugar, caramel, peppery spiciness, hints of alcohol . very carbonated which gives it a distracting foamy mouthfeel. ganache (6089) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 13, 2010
If memory serves, this corked-and-caged 750 was from dchmela circa October 2008, had here mid-March 2010. Smells like a barleywine, that’s for sure. Huge, huge caramel notes, big but dulled Ami hops. Dark copper pour with a lacing, sudsy beige head. Taste is lightly bitter, lightly sweet, well-attenuated, though, some butterscotch. Faint plum and almost some ash in the back. Fully nearly-syrup body, aftertaste is moderately dry. There’s some good complexity here, and certainly some nice intensity, but it’s hard to rate this in the upper echelon, as I’m already tired of it after about eight ounces. Alcohol is well under control, at least.
jcnielsen (3416) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - FEB 10, 2014
On tap at Pisgah. Pours a dark brown color with white head. Malty, caramel, malty sweet flavors. A little above average barley wine. Rogueone (506) - I F&ckin’ hate those guys from, Ohio, USA - JUL 17, 2008
Bottle sampled at mgumby10s: This was not one of my favorites of the night, flavor is brown sugar prominent, then some bitter citrus rind, wood, spicy hops, and sort of a thin mouthfeel that was a little disappointing. Thorpe429 (5122) - , Illinois, USA - APR 15, 2011
Thanks to a generous BA for sharing some of this at the Splinter Black release. Served in my Savor snifter.
Pour brings forth a somewhat-light copper-colored brew with a thin white cap and not too much lacing. A few bubbles around the edges. The nose is fairly complex, though all the notes are pretty related. I got a strong dose of caramel along with toffee, light brown sugar, and perhaps a bit of molasses. Some light tropical fruits in the background, but mostly just the caramel.
The taste brings forth more of the same, though the brown sugar becomes a bit more apparent. Caramel fits in strong behind it with a bit of fruit coming through in the finish. The body is medium with good enough carbonation. The problem here is that it gets to be a bit too cloying. Overall, glad I got to try this but won’t be seeking it out again.
Serving type: bottle
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On tap at the brewery. Light colured. Smells like sweet gummy bears. Taste is alcohol, fruity hops, candy. Not a favourite DrSilverworm (10000) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 18, 2014
On tap at Pisgah during RBWG. Very sweet taste up front... Maybe the sweetest beer I’ve had all day. Clear dark red color. Thin khaki head. Some ropes and dots of lace. Medium to bigger body. Smooth, lightly creamy carbonation. Light bite to the taste. Lightly slick. Some tropical, red fruit, spicy malts. Alright scotch / winter / whatever type of ale this is.