Sickboy282 (1114) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 8, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 9, 2004 ***I have been informed that this brew hasn’t been aged in the casks.... this is just a preview....so hopefully the beer to follow will be mind blowing.***** will probably bring this beer a little down rating-wise, but this was a little bit of a dissapointment. Sure it was 17% and you can’t really tell, but as far as flavor goes, this seemed to be a little too young. LIke a fine wine, this brew, which was aged in Jack Daniels casks, needs at least another year to be as complex as is should be. Flavor was mild with a slight bitterness, but as with the olde school barleywine, will blossom.
hapjydeuce (993) - Carlsbad, California, USA - FEB 7, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On cask at O’Briens. Drank this while watching the Chargers choke it big time (again) in the AFC divisional playoff game 2010. I heard about this beer a long time ago, and I never had the chanced to try it at the brewery. Opaque bronze color, some light creamy head. Some chunks of yeast floating around from cask conditioning. Mellow aroma, with lots of grass and hops. Nice smooth tones of caramel malt show through. Nice balanced flavor, nothing to spectacular though. Medium bitterness, full coating body. Surprisingly easy to drink despite the high ABV!
48FanInCali (848) - California, USA - JAN 21, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured on tap at ABC. Caramel color with no head. Tons of malt, caramel, honey and toffee. Mouth feel is a little like syrup. Very sweet all the way through and very tasty indeed
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - DEC 8, 2004
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This beer was sampled at the San Diego Strong Ale Festival 2004. This beer poured a slightly cloudy but definitely orangey color with a think white soapy head and an active degree of carbonation. Moderate lacing would be seen out of this beer. The aroma was very nice with a slight hint of alcohol, malt, brown sugar and other sweetnesses. The flavor progressed into a full bodied, oily mouthfeel which was full of brown sugars, malts, oak with a bittering hoppy finish, but not overly dry. It began to give off a strong citrusy flavor right toward the finish as it warmed, but it only added to the sweetness of the beer. Well rounded and good balance...could do well when aged..very little presence of the 17% so this is VERY scary!
BrotherGrendel (787) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 15, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On cask at Obriens. Pours a dark orange hue with thin ring of dissipating white head, fairly cloudy. Nose is strong sweet malts, dark fruits, alcohol warmth, lighter fruits and hops in the background. Flavor is young and a bit hot, sweet bread malts soaked in alcohol with hints of vanilla and wood hit the palate quickly leaving behind a stingy sensation of dark fruits coupled with apple a pearlike esters, moderate bitterness with a light citrus flavor fills out the sweet finish. Medium-full bodied, watery slick texture with minimal carbonation. This BA b-wine definitely needs more time in the barrrel, fusels are too hot and texture too thin, try again down the road.
nightrider (754) - encinitas, California, USA - JUN 12, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at O’Briens on a Friday. Dark brownish hues with a slight off white head. Full smooth body. Flavors abound with sweet dark malt and dried fruit. Toffee, caramel, and some vanilla. A bit of hop bite lurking in the back. Nice barley wine.
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - DEC 5, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft @ Pizza Port Strong Ale Fest 2004. Excellent beer. Dark amber brew that has unbelievable balance. Good hop presence but not overbearing. Full mouthfeel, malty with just the faintest hint of bitter orange in the background. Highlight of the fest for me.
hamilton23 (619) - Alpine, California, USA - DEC 9, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Alpine Beer Co. Poured a nice orange color with little head. Smells of toffee and burnt sugar. Tastes of caramel, toffee, some dried fruits and a nice balance of hoppiness in the end. This is Good, but when it emerges from the barrels it becomes Great. The Great has much more sweetness and less hoppiness and tons of bourbon flavor.
brianjames1 (539) - Northridge, California, USA - JUN 18, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
On cask at O’Briens in SD. Wow one of the best barleywines I have had, tastes like butterscotch. Pours a dark amber, very viscous. Thick mouth feel with little carbo. Taste of dark fruits, caramel malts and leaves a nice hoppy bitterness on the pallet.
SG (465) - Valley Center, California, USA - DEC 4, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2004 Enjoyed at Pizza Port’s Strong Ale festival. Too dark to get a good look at the color. Everything looked dark amber. Overall this beer had some pretty interesting characteristics. Guess what, the alcohol was definitely up front in the flavor. Slightly acidic and sharp on the tongue with a nice amount of hops. I wouldn’t have guessed it was 17%, but then again I would not expect a beer to be above 10% normally. This beer is better than "good," it’s very good. It needs a little more complexity for great though. I hope I have a chance to try this again sometime. Somewhat of a novelty.