Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - SEP 22, 2014
UPDATED: OCT 22, 2014 THOUGHTS: Hid alcohol content completely. The most intense beer I’ve ever tried. Very flat, but good. A life changing experience. Honestly somewhere beyond words.
TECHNICAL: Drank 3/29/2013. Bottle. Poured a muddy, medium brown that was beyond opaque. It almost seemed to absorb light. It looked like dark apple cider with no head. The aroma contained almost everything. There was moderate caramel; heavy leathery, soapy, cheesy, earthy and funky yeast; McIntosh apples; slight vanilla; wood; vinegar; sherry; bourbon; sour citrus fruits; lemons; overripe fruit, nearly rotten fruit when very warm; and somehow salt. The initial flavor was sour, salty, acetic, lightly sweet and moderately acidic; while the finish was sour, acetic, salty, lightly sweet and slightly bitter. There was salted caramel and toffee, sour apple, lemon, bourbon, wood, plum, prune, raisin, sour grapes, sherry, funky yeast and leather. The medium to full body was oily and then dry with ever so slight if any carbonation and a heavily astringent, very dry and ever so slightly alcoholic finish. dnstone (3383) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - OCT 3, 2011
Murky brown in color with an off-white colored head. Strong malt, woody-boozy, with funk aroma. Fantasitc complexity; wood-vanilla notes, malt strenght and slight funk highlights. My favorite at the Rare beer tasting ’11. michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 15, 2011
750ml Bottle (Aged 4.5yrs on oak, per the Bottle): Complex aroma of malt, Sherry, oak, vanilla, light acid, light Brett, wood, and a hint of vinegar. Poured dark brown in color with no head at all. Opaque. Not sparkling. No lacing. Complex flavor is heavily sweet and light to medium tart. Tastes of malt, light Brett, acid, light oak, vanilla, slight brown sugar, slight molasses, slight Sherry, slight maple syrup, light tart fruit, tannins, and a hint of leather. Full body. Viscous, slick, coating texture. Flat carbonation. Malt, oak, vanilla, light Brett, light maple syrup, light Sherry, tannin, finish is light to medium sweet and lightly tart. 12%ABV is completely hidden throughout. bu11zeye (13029) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - FEB 13, 2012
(750ml bottle) Pours a murky amber-brown body with a medium beige head. Aroma of sour cherries, raisins, caramel, leather, vanilla, and toffee. Flavor of caramel, toffee, balsamic, wood, brett, brown sugar, and cherries. Koelschtrinker (20208) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - FEB 23, 2012
Säuerlicher Beginn mit deutlichen Eichennoten. Trockene Malznoten, die Säuerlichkeit wird milder, gleichzeitig aber schärfer. Interessant, süffig, ausgewogen, vollmundig. Gut! 8/12/12/12/9/12
PhillyBeer2112 (2815) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - MAR 18, 2012
Old oxidized nose, with sherry notes, oaky, caramelized, dark figgy fruit. Picking up just a little barrel funk. hopscotch (11043) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 9, 2012
Bottle… Admittedly, I don’t know what this beer is all about. Haven’t read anything about it – including the label. Haven’t even heard of it. This happens at tastings at dimly-lit beer bars. Hazy burnt-caramel ale with a red glimmer and negligible head. To me, this smells like a strong, American-style barleywine aged in a red wine barrel. Acidic, tannic notes. Medium to full-bodied and a bit chewy with almost no carbonation. The flavor is a mishmash of elements both sweet and sour – caramel and sour cherries mostly. Tart, Mojave-dry finish. I like this. Seems like I’m the only one at the table who does. OK, finally looking at all the ratings. I guess Dan and I are the only two people on the planet that like this beer. Well, so be it. Different strokes and all that. JFURYCAT (1078) - East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 13, 2012
I am a sucker for old ales and honestly I enjoyed this so F the score and I haven’t read any other reviews. Body has a lather thickness with some raison notes up front with dark fruits, sweet malt content etc. the carbonation seems nonexistent for this. I did enjoy the oak tones I detected. Aroma could use a bit more but what should I expect from a barrel aged beer? thirdeye11 (6160) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 29, 2012
(750ml bottle) very hazy medium brown, few bubbles in a ring around the edge. Nose of rich caramel, honey, light brown sugar, rich and malty. Taste of vinegar, brown sugar, malty, rich, and very lightly tart in a good way. A bit undercarbonated, super interesting beer. Errl (2442) - Plano, Texas, USA - APR 22, 2012
750ml Bottle) Pour is a honey color..Nose is bready, caramel, wood, vanilla, sherry..Taste is Sour, tart, Sherry, acidity, oak..Palate is dry and tart.