jkwalking05 (4745) - Arlington, Texas, USA - SEP 25, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2014 (Updated rating) Oh how my palate has changed... 12 oz bottle. Brown in color with a good sized beige head. Aroma is of pine, brown sugar, citrus, and slightly herbal. Taste is of citrus, pine, resin, brown sugar, raisin and caramel. Bright hop characteristics make this beer shine.
Initial Rating 9/25/08 - 3.5
Deep ruby color with a medium sized beige head. Aroma is of honey, raisins, brown sugar, and alcohol. Flavor is sweet malts and caramel with a bitter hop finish. golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - SEP 24, 2008
bottle, thanks to BBG. muddy caramel color with no head and vey little activity. aroma is lightly peppered alcohol and some rich malt and sugar. flavor is the same, initially sweet and sugary with some peppery alcohol and bitter malt backbone coming in later. not a great example of the style. Goodgrief (2059) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - SEP 23, 2008
Ruby red pour, no head and just some bubbles for lacing. Nice malty aroma with some dark fruit and raisin. The flavor is a huge malt bomb without being cloying. Caramel, toffee, molasses and some hop tartness at the end. My complaint is that this beer is really undercarbonated and it greatly reminded me of a soda gone flat. Unfortunate. WeeHeavySD (3387) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 18, 2008
14th anniversary 12oz. from Jimbowood, shared with my gf cyn. Pours cloudy amber with a tan ring. Nose is seet, with dark malts and some fruity citrus notes. Taste is sweet malty, with some light caramel and a touch of caramel. This is a tasty barleywine. MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - SEP 15, 2008
2008 Bottle. Cloudy dark ruby with a small head. Aroma of sweet toffee, caramel and over-ripe cherry notes. Fairly sweet with a little balancing hop bitterness. Medium to heavy body. Bitter finish.
PilsnerPeter (3050) - Flushing, New York, USA - SEP 15, 2008
Tap at Barcade 2008 Version: Pours a deep brown with a ruby hue with a thin ring of head. Sweet aroma with detectable alcohol, candy malts and some tropical fruit notes come through as well. Slick texture, warming feel. Fairly sweet flavor upfront with candied peach and berries along with subtle toffee. Then it leads into an abrupt bittering hop character to balance. Not altogether cohesive, but decent. ajm (1072) - Los Angeles, California, USA - SEP 14, 2008
Bottle from State Liquor Store, Ogden, UT. A style-bullseye but not too exciting. Aroma of sour apples, sweet vinegar, hop city, and clear water. Flavor is quite hoppy (I don’t think the balance is that good in a two month old bottle). Two bottles are left of the 6er I bought, so they are going to chill for a year or two. travita (5008) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 1, 2008
Dark red in color with a smallish tan colored head. Clear look. Smell is malts, hops, and some sugary sweetness. Taste is malts, hops, caramel, and a little molasses. Hidden alcohol. ApisAles (1575) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - SEP 1, 2008
15th Anniversary batch. Poured an amber cola color with a lot more carbonation than I was expecting. Aroma was biscuits and malt with a fair dose of hops thrown in. The flavor was much more hoppy than I was expecting. The bittering hops almost threatened to overwhelm the rest of the beer.
This may have been one to cellar to let the flavors play nicely in the bottle a little longer. Gabe511 (9) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - AUG 27, 2008 does not count
This was a 12oz sample bottle i got from work. I’m a big fan of this style and this one was pretty good. The nose is of hops, dried fruits and candied sugars. A nice taste of the same with copper malts. The alcohol is well hidden too. Nothing beats an aged Old Horizontal but this one is enjoyable.