AR (1002) - Georgia, USA - JUL 10, 2010
Very hazy dark brown appearance. There is a sticky sweetness with flavor of dark fruits and caramel. A slight alcoholic bite. Good sipper. ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JUL 8, 2010
Dark garnet pour with a thin tan head. Aroma is toffee, raisin, and dark fruit. Mouth-feel is alcoholic and sticky. Molasses, fig, honey, and raisin. Warming finish. Good stuff Hank1980 (966) - Athens, Georgia, USA - JUL 7, 2010
Cask. Appearance is a dirty brown, with a small tan head. Nose is really sweet and malty, dark fruit, must. Taste is very sweet, with the same dark fruit and sweet malt. Mouth is full and sticky. A brew that’s made to sip and enjoy in small quantities. Finish is a little hoppy bitter, though the hops aren’t that present early in the taste. Overall, a nice brew that will likely age well. Cybercat (6017) - Georgia, USA - JUN 17, 2010
Has a nice malty, yeasty and slightly spicy aroma. It pours out a dark clear mahogany with a fairly thick and fine-bubbled pale tan head. Flavor is spicy, mainly cloves and cinnamon, with a good malty tone and a whisper of sweetness. Texture is sharp, fizzy and tingly. Way to go! ChainGangGuy (4919) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JUN 16, 2010
22 ounce bottle (Bottle 1628/4884) - $12.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia. A tidy sum. As I’m a stingy sourpuss these days, I’ll set up both the box and accompanying brochure to quietly remind me that this is all in the name of charity.
Appearance: Hazed body, the color of rich mahogany wood. Slight head of off-white foam eventually settles into a glass encircling ring.
Smell: The aroma smell prodigiously malty, with full notes of caramel sauce, light brown sugar, and loaf bread. Additional large scents of Angostura bitters and black cherry cordial. Additional small scent of unsalted peanuts.
Taste: Maltiness tasting of well-toasted, crusty bread, brown sugar, and additional caramelized, near burnt sugars. Lesser, lighter nuttiness. Slight fig and sweet cherry fruitiness. Noble hops yield a snap of aniseed spiciness with a minute herbal backing. Medium-low bitterness. Sweet, spicy finish with a pinch of alcohol warmth.
Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel.
Drinkability: A decent, respectable brew. And for charity. Yes, for charity. If anyone would like to see a picture of my enjoyment for The Iron Tankard, I believe that can be arranged via Flickr.
SHIG (4964) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - JUN 14, 2010
Bottle thanks to kiefdog: Poured a caramel brown with light brown head. Aroma is burnt malt, bubblegum and old pungent funk dark fruits. Taste is fruit almost bubblegum like, burnt malt, and loads of sugar. Finished slick and sugary on the tongue. Ibrew2or3 (8808) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUN 12, 2010
Courtesy of kiefdog. It pours clear deep copper with thin off white head. The aroma is musty raisins, prunes and dried plums as well as a bit of honey like sweetness and sweet red apple. The taste is pretty darn smooth with sweet sugar stewed raisins and prunes and then picking up a bit of malt and caramel malt sweetness. The smooth slick sweetness rolls right into the finish along with a pleasing thin layer of sweet caramel candy. This all comes together very nicely and I’d love to try it with a year of age. AtlAggie (241) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 11, 2010
Sweet fruit aroma, also some breadiness. Fairly sweet malt flavor, but not overly so. Molasses, fig, plum, brown sugar. Definite alcohol presence, yeast. Slight hops on the finish. Quite drinkable, nice ale. DialSquare (5122) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 10, 2010
Bottle from brewery rep at Proof. Amber pour with off-white head. Malt and caramel aroma. Tastes of honey and sticky hops. Nice - good balance. Little warmth. Half ass rate here - sweet for my tastes, but liked it overall. NachlamSie (3534) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 8, 2010
Bomber from Hop City. Pours a very cloudy, murky brown color with a small head. The aroma is sweet and syrupy in a way one may expect from a sweeter British barleywine. Nuts, molasses, figs and a little leather are in the malt forward nose. The palate is sort of dense with a fair stickiness to it. Hops are suddenly noticed once I take a few sips. There is a decent, though not defined, bite to the brew. Sweet figs, honey, nuts, deli meat. . .it’s a well balanced and complex ale. The only downside to this one is it gets sticky sweet rather quickly. Limited to a 6 oz. serving, one can truly enjoy this one. I’m having an entire pint so take that into consideration.