IrishBoy (4185) - Bakersfield, California, USA - AUG 30, 2006
Nose is of hops and dark fruit with a litle caramel maltiness; cherry-brown with a minimal beige head; thick body with some hop bitterness, dark fruits, caramel, and a little alcohol. shadey (2125) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 26, 2006
Bright cherry red color with a dark cream head of white wisps. Aroma is very full. Deep rich hearty blend of hops and malt. Very well blended and smooth. The body is chewy and delicious. This beer is WAY too expensive, but it is NOT overrated at all. This beer is very well done and well aged. A real experience. LeopoldStoch (201) - Green, Ohio, USA - AUG 19, 2006
Dark ruby color, sweet taste and thick mouthfeel. All sorts of huge carmel smells and flavors. There is also a huge hop presence in the smell and in the taste. Very piney resiney hops with a perfect bitter backend. Nick Floyd did a perfect job with the little description of this beer, it is right on point. Very good! My perfect barleywine. Thanks Jeff for letting me try a bottle of this. BeerandBlues2 (13210) - Escondido, California, USA - AUG 8, 2006
Pours mahagony-ruby with medium tan frothy head that goes rocky with spotty lacing. Aroma is yeast (barn, earth), malt (straw, hay), fruity hop, flowers and perfume. Moderate acidity and bitterness, medium sweetness, malt, brown sugar and caramel, yeast, cardboard, hops. Medium bodied and warm, dry-fizzy palate. luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 6, 2006
Bottled. Beer is a murky medium-amber-brown color without any head. The aroma is malty with moderate notes of toasted grain, caramel, light note of shortbread; Hoppy with moderate notes of resin/pine, light notes of dried apricot, tea; Trace of yeasty cellar; Miscellaneous note of light cognac, raisin/date, alcohol, moderate note of alcohol. The flavor is moderately-to-heavily sweet, moderately bitter, lightly acidic with a long, warm-to-hot, lightly bittersweet, lightly acidic finish. The body is full, the texture is syrupy and the carbonation is soft.
DocLock (10652) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 25, 2006
A gigantic note of thanks to Wisconsin’s greatest trader, JPDIPSO, for this one. First of all, you have to love the pink wax seal and the fact that they put a blonde haired version of my wife on the label. The pour is hazy ruby copper (Nick must have been reading my color ratings when he made this label) with minimal khaki head. The aroma is very hoppy, tropical fruity, with mango, pineapple, tangerine, caramel malt, peaty bourbon, pine, licorice, and chardonnay notes. The aroma is a hall-of-famer. The flavor....wow, immense, complex, with a rich malty and fruity front, leading to mid and back palate action including tropical fruit, such as mango, tangerine, honeydew, pineapple, big hops, peaty malt, and a nice oaky bourbon element in the finish. The palate is amazingly complex, and amazingly smooth, with rich layers of intermingling flavors. I would gladly pay a premium price for this beer any day of the week. I’ve been waiting over a year for it, and it was worth the wait! Get ya some, and sell your mother down the river if you have to!!! frankenkitty (2012) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - JUL 25, 2006
Pours a murky, melon-tinted copper with a thin but creamy tan head. Chewy citrus and spice aroma with juicy dark fruits and an alcohol kicker. Smooth malts coat via a sticky body but the flavor quickly turns to burning citrus before being extinguished in a dry finish. Hop character is still very dominant at the 10 month mark... we’ll check the other bottles at a later date.
csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - JUL 18, 2006
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UPDATED: SEP 22, 2007 #500. I got this in Chicago last November and I thought I would save it for something special (since it was $15-gotta get the "3F=expensive" dig in somewhere). Poured into a NB worthy tulip. The beer is ~45 minutes out of a cool beer fridge, probably not too much colder than the room temp of 71°. The beer is dark amber/red with a fine carbonation and a practically non-existant head. The caramelly aroma hits me nearly a foot away. When my nose dives into the glass I get caramel, malt, hot alcohol, and resiny hops. The initial taste is sweet, caramelly malt, brown sugar, xmas spices? followed by a rush of alcohol and citrusy hops. The finish is fiery alcohol that exits via my nostrils. The mouthfeel is nice and full and is cleaned up completely by the alcohol. I am unimpressed to say the least. I have put the remainder of the bottle in the freezer, hoping that some chill on the beer will tame the hot alcohol and restore some balance to this beer. Will re-rate in a bit. (7/3/6/4/14-3.4) OK, the beer is cooled off and I can smell the difference right away, same aroma sans hot alcohol. Taste is the same, but with a little more malt depth and only a warming alcohol in the middle and a moderately hot alcohol finish, it is certainly better a little cooler. I would give it another flavor point and another overall point, but this barleywine is more a run of the mill barleywine and not an elite barleywine like an Old Ho, Old Backus, and Bells batch 6000. (7/3/7/4/15-3.6) jedadiahcombs (41) - Huntington, West Virginia, USA - JUL 8, 2006
Bottle purchased from Randy at Archer. Pours deep amber with a minimal head. Plenty of sweet malt and hop aroma. Velvety on the palate with a sweet malt and carmel taste perfectly balanced with a pleasnt hop bitterness. Nice warming sensation of alcohol on the way down. Almost perfect brew. 3F does it again! radiomgb (2686) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 28, 2006
Bottle obtained in a trade with <a
href=http://www.ratebeer.com/ViewUser.asp?U target=blank>Dough77, thanks Tim. Rich copper in colout, thin dissipating off-white coloured head, oily. The aroma was very hoppy (lots of pine), bubblegum sweetness, intense alcohol, caramel malts. The flavour was initially very hoppy - nearing too much - but soon mellowed bring on the caramel malt sweetness. Still way to much alcohol heat. Thick, chewy, rich mouthfeel, large alcoholic body, high carbonation. Finishes very hot, lingering, lots of hops. To young at the moment, I have to try this again aged.