Iphonephan (7186) - Jackson Hole/McLean, Virginia, USA - JUN 30, 2014
From a 22 oz bottle purchased at Whole Foods Pasadena. Pours a clear copper with an ecru head. Aroma of malt and grass. Flavors of caramel. Boozy finish. FROTHINGSLOSH (8069) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 29, 2014
Sampled on draft at Hou Thou this beer poured a caramel brown color with a large foamy tan head that lingered and left good lacing. The aroma was sour caramel, wood and had a bitter presence. The flavor was sour caramel, wood, bitterness, tobacco and an off presence. Long finish. Moderately full bodied. Very disappointing. obguthr (6585) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - MAY 27, 2014
Little aroma. Hazy copper, huge yellow head, decent lacing. Overripe orange, marzipan accents. Some oxidation. Grassy finish. Medium body, warm. Drinks old, but I couldn’t find a bottle date. A good candidate for a re-rate, but this just fell flat. At any rate, it doesn’t seem to age well. Landmonger (155) - USA - MAY 18, 2014
Poured from a bottle into a snifter, the color is a reddish brown with thin almost nonexistent head the aroma is sweet malt, dried fruit and some citrus, taste of caramel, sweetness of dried fruit, some licorice, vanilla, lingering bitterness and a long lasting warmth going down. jmagnus87 (2912) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - MAY 11, 2014
Bottle at a friends house. From notes. Loads of dark fermented fruits and a decent toffee backbone. Awesome beer.
TheBeerGod (6253) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - MAY 7, 2014
Bottle. Label has ABV listed at 9.5%. Copper pour with a short tan head. Hoppy with dark fruit notes, citrus, caramel, light pine and toasted malt. Big toasted malt, light pine, caramel, toffee notes, booze, dark fruits and toasted dark bread. Body is medium and slightly chewy with a strong, dense, bubbly carbonation. Mild warmth as well. Ends with more caramel, sweet malt, toasted malt, toffee, bready notes, light pine, citrus notes and dark fruit. toxichop (597) - South Gate, California, USA - APR 11, 2014
P: Dark amber with a two finger thick white/tan head. S: Sharp alcohol, pine bittering hops, caramel, wood, and brown sugar. T: Caramel, piney hops and lemon zest. M: Syrupy and rather sticky. O: Not the most enjoyable but I do know that againg helps this one. I had a four year old bottle a few years back and thought it was super mellow and enjoyable but never took notes on it. Oh well, looks like one is going to the cellar. eros47 (53) - Huntington Park, California, USA - MAR 8, 2014
2014 release. Beautiful Ruby appearance. Off white head. Good combination of tropical and floral hops, the malts perfectly balance the bitterness. brokensail (16633) - Dublin, California, USA - MAR 11, 2013
Amber pour with a khaki head. Nose is sweet caramel, brown sugar, and toffee. Light pine and grapefruit peel hop notes, lightly floral, and somewhat toasty. There’s a nice malt sweetness of brown sugar, caramel, and toffee. A bit of toasted bread, some grapefruit and orange peel, floral hops, and a mild pine bitterness. A hint of alcohol and some hints of dark fruit. pdx77 (1483) - Oregon, USA - MAR 9, 2013
On draught at Lucky Labrador Barleywine and Big Beer Festival. Metallic aroma. Not as caramely and hoppy as I expected. More like an imperial IPA than a barleywine. Nice bitterness on finish though.