1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 26, 2006
Thanks Jason! The beer pours to a hazy orange caramel body with a creamy off-white head. The aroma is quite malty. Caramel, sweet malty goodness. Smells like a barleywine. Light orange peel. The flavor is pretty malty like a barleywine. Very well balanced and malty. Some lingering hops. The palate is medium-full bodied. Nice texture. A pleasure to try this. DavidP (1748) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 26, 2006
Bottle shared by Jason. Hazy red-amber body. Sweet plummy aroma with strong (but subdued) hop spicing. Great well-blended sweet flavor. Chewy plum/caramel malting with a now-camled-down leafy, spicy hopping. It’s also dried out a bit by some toasty malt. A very enjoyable aged beer. DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - SEP 19, 2006
22 oz. bottle dated 08/04/2003. Unfortunately, I did not have the opportunity to try this at the time of its initial release, so I can’t truly judge what 3 years of age has done to this. An ever so slightly hazy pour producing a rather large yellowish head with excellent durability and good lace. There is a caramel sweetness in the aroma, complemented by some earthiness, alcohol, and just a hint of floral, spicy hops. The mouthfeel of this is fantastic - rich, smooth, mellow, and just very light carbonation, rather surprising given the durable head. Sweet dried light fruit and caramel is nicely balanced by a persistant undercurrent of spicy bitterness, leaving the lengthy finish dry and satisfying. In looking back on the early reviews of this beer, I would have to say that it has aged well. It appears that the hops are not nearly as prominent, as one would expect. The best news is that I still have one bottle left!! Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 27, 2006
Pours gold with a white head. Smells of caramel and amazingly hints of hops are still present. Tastes of caramel, orangey and slightly earthy. Finishes with a light peppery note. Kinz (3786) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - MAY 29, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2008 Thanks to Numenor for sharing this at the "2nd Richmond Gathering," and to CaptainCougar for sending this bottle out! Never thought I would have a chance to try this one. Medium orange, still quite a decent head. Big aroma of caramel and toffee. Flavor matched, with some slight notes of oxidation playing alongside strong hop bitterness. Hops were still a significant presence here, but have lost some of their flavor punch over time. Rich and tasty overall. I’m sure I would have gone bonkers over this one on its initial release. RERATE as part of the 2008 VRBT. Notes almost identical, aroma has lost 1 point. Past prime, but good.
starfireming (309) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAY 27, 2006
Very thin off-white head, clear amber colour, rich musty toffee scent. Rich palate with fabulous flavour. Numenor (871) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAY 27, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 28, 2006 Rating #400 -- Sampled at the "2nd Richmond Gathering". Awesome aroma for a three year old American Strong Ale, almost barley wine like. Heavy caramel, some almost oak-like qualities, a muskiness to it. Beautiful golden-ruby body with no head. Great taste, mollasses, hops are still surprisingly present after three years. Some light oxidation is showing up, yet that is to be expected. Nice ending.maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 27, 2006
I have to give a huge thanks to CaptainCougar for sending me this beer. He’s a great trader and I’m very lucky to be able to have this.
Clear caramel color body with a thin white head. Aroma of caramel and toffee, some light hops. Sweet caramel flavor. Thanks to Numenor for his generous pour of this beer. Ibrew2or3 (8614) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAY 8, 2006
Mmmm, Mmmm Good. This is one tasty beer. 22 oz bottle from Fine Wines & Cigars - Redmond, WA. Pours out light copper in color. The aroma is a bit on the mild side with citrus-fruity hops with a certain touch of spice. The taste is a nice mix of hop flavor, malt, hop bitterness and hint of some sort of un-knowable spice. Very nice, making this a refreshing and drinkable ale. Lowe1983 (1592) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - APR 4, 2006
#100 rating. Pours a clear amber color with a nice medium off-white head. Aroma is citrus, mostly grapefruit, hops, and other fruits. Has mellowed just slightly in the last 3 years. Flavor starts out with grapefruit and a little hops and finishes with a bitter, hoppy finish. Not too strong but blends well with the other flavors. Too bad this is a once in a lifetime chance to drink this beer. Very delicious and will be surprised but very delighted to come across sometime soon.