Fred From The Wood

12 oz bottle from a recent trade. 2008 vintage. Pour is a surprisingly light, golden orange body with creamy spotty head. Better head than I had expected considering the ABV and the style. Very lively, bright and impressive appearance for a beer of the style and with some age on it. Nose has a large sweet element amongst the very rounded, soft bourbon element. Tastes are an interesting amalgam of English and American Barleywine style. English seems to dominate for me at first with plenty of...

Adam

Batch 60. Pours very dark brown, almost black with a large head. Lacing is thick, sticky and copious. Aroma is promising at first, but then a sharp cider smell wafts in and significantly subtracts from the aroma experience. The taste masks the apple flavors, via the deep fruitcake and alcohol flavors that are upfront and delicious. It drinks much better than it smells. Large alcohol is obvious, and this is a rich beer. A little bit of bitterness in the finish but not much. Good, coating...

Rose

Simple pour into the goblet, with a peach colored hue, spotty head and a little bit of lacing. Rather odd taste, it has the the tripel sweetness but coming with it is some kind of milk chocolate taste. Some peppery alcohol in the taste. A dry finish with some floral lightness. Not a bad interpretation, but a bit different too. Worth a quick visit but I doubt that I would come back to this - I prefer the more traditional interpretation.