JoeMcPhee (8055) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 17, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep amber pour. The nose is very hoppy with lots of grapefruit, citrus and pine. Heavy malt sweetness that underlies and resiny piny character. Although sweet, the malts arenít really caramelly at all. Warming brings up some lighter lemony citrus character that is fairly unusual. Itís fairly hoppy and chewy and the malts are light enough that Iíd call this more IIPA than barleywine, although regardless what you call it, itís still damn tasty.
argo0 (11085) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 16, 2009
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(draft) Hazy amber body with off-white head. Aroma is moderately sweet, caramel, cherry, orange, light grapefruit. Taste is moderately sweet, cherry, caramel, orange, light grapefruit. Medium-full body, some resin.
VTHopHead (1389) - Barre, Vermont, USA - SEP 12, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft at the brewpub - Poured a darkish orage-amber in color with a thick, creamy light tan head that hung around to produce some nice lacing on the glass. Aroma was strong of citrus hops with a hint of some malty sweetness lingering in the background. Flavor was hoppy, but not overpoweringly so. Plenty of citrus/grapefruit. Initially slightly sweet before the hops come roaring in. Finish is medium bitter and clean. Very easy drinking for a beer with nearly 10% ABV, but it is certainly all there. Really good!!