Hazmatt (363) - Virginia, USA - SEP 22, 2008
Bottle 0479 of 2007. Pours a dark amber, opaque ale with a very thin, almost non-existent head. Very rich, robust aroma of malt, caramel, coffee; hints of citrus fruit but little hop aroma. Strong malt flavor, hops (bitterness) more pronounced in flavor than aroma. Strong ale? Moreso than a "unique barleywine" as described on label. Full bodied. Decent alcohol strength and very satisfying. Overall pretty damn good. Saarlander (1686) - Saarlouis, GERMANY - AUG 26, 2008
Great copper/hazy brown pour, Fluffy head, lots of lacing, Sticky on the lips, nice clean aftertaste, malty, caramel, Fruity. Abit more subdued than a barley wine, and that was fine, just the kind of beer I like, bold, ass kicking, but not head stomping! Thanks to Immy for many great brews! JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 17, 2008
22oz from Immy - thanks, Tim! After some pale, dry beers I was really looking for something nasty and aggressive. Well, this bad boy scratched that itch, I can tell you. A deep copper pour with a nice fluffy head, there are some strong sugary malts in the aroma. Getting into the beer, there’s more hops than you can shake a stick at. Not angry hops but bold, chest-thumping hops nonetheless. It’s almost like a beer that has Double Bastard on the brain but wants to be a tad more friendly, brokering a peace resolution instead of slamming its fists on the negotiating table. And who doesn’t love peace? jgb9348 (6433) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JUL 3, 2008
Bottle #1903 of 2007Butters (4063) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUN 5, 2008
Deep dark brown coloured body with a ruby tint and a nice thinnish tan head. Aroma of raisins, tobacco, roasted malt, caramel (big time), cherries and some brown sugar - very nice! Full-bodied; Strong malty flavour with a good amount of hops and a potent sweetness that lasts quite a while. Aftertaste shows character with tobacco and molasses along with some raisins and figs. Overall, a very nice beer, a shade away from a barley wine - but great to try! I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from Grape & Gourmet in Virginia Beach, tasted on 03-July-2008 on the Eastern Shore of Virginia.
Very similar in many respects to the ironbound but without the extreme hop bitter finish. Big and malty aroma. Tastes malty sweet with floral hop notes. Alcohol warms the belly but is far from ’hot’. Medium body is very smooth with little carbonation. Good offering.
luv2brew (196) - Chesterfield, Virginia, USA - MAY 31, 2008
First time sampling anything from this brewery. A buddy said watch out, and he wasn’t too enthused about this brewery. But i will have to say this is very good. Pours a deep amber with a head that takes its time leaving the glass. This is a mild tale with no grain or hop bitterness. I thought it was going to be a little bigger but it finishes very clean with a sweet finish. jrob21 (3772) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 14, 2008
Smuggled back from DC last time I was up there. Pours a cloudy brown color where you can barely see carbonation bubbles come up. Leather, port wine, and plum aromas. Taste is a little pungent up front that fades into a fermented fruit, plum, strawberry flavor. The finish finally leaves you with some metallic and bitter hops. Mid palate is decent with the port wine characteristics but everything else is just a little off. aracauna (3651) - Georgia, USA - MAY 3, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 4, 2008 Thanks Immy: Bottle 1151: Pours a heavily chill hazed brown with an excellent light khaki head. The aroma is full of rich caramel malt, a nice note of american hops flowing around underneath and a distinctly tropical fruitiness. It’s almost like watermelon bubblegum and passionfruit. This is a pretty interesting big beer. jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - APR 30, 2008
Bottle# 1910 - Very thick, very cloudy, very malty aroma. Overly attentuated, very dry and bubbly mouth-feel, the opposite of what I expected. Ok, but not great. Soonah (1120) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - APR 9, 2008
From Immy via trade. Thanks Tim! The pour was a dark brown, copper and ruby mixture that propped up a nice, creamy off-white head. Sticky lacing. The initial blast of aroma is grapefruit. As it opens up the tart citrus remains and some thick caramel malts come out as well as some piney hops. The flavor was the expected play between caramel malt and citrus and pine hops. Good balance. Nice warming alcohol feel. Medium bodied with nice mouthfeel. Quite nice.