SkyinBrian (430) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 27, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
candy apple red. hoppy nose, some carmel. this full bodied brews is smooth and warming and quite bitter.
NobleSquirrel (3439) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 24, 2004
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice deep red color with sticky lacing. Smell is definitely hops and some sweetness. The taste is excellent, the epitome of west coast B-wine. This and Bigfoot are neck and neck in that respect. This, however, offered more complexity, with fruity esters coming through the bitterness. Huge malt to back up the 100IBUs. A damn fine B-wine, one I’ll have again for sure. Too bad they only have bombers, though...
desurfer (1279) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - DEC 23, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a nice golden amber with small patches of foam floating about. Aroma is very hoppy and piney, reminding me of an I2PA. Hell, this would be a better double IPA than some others I’ve had! Flavor is very hoppy, with big citrus and pine flavors and a chewy malt backbone. Finishes dry and sticky. Good!
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 23, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Red/Brown Coloring with White Bubbly Head. Alcohol and Bread Dough Aroma. Malt...Hops...Very Dry with Big Warming....Not Exactly What I was Expecting From Hog Heaven.. Seemed a Bit Raw. I’ll try it Down the Road for Sure.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - DEC 21, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2008 Poured a light ruby color. Aroma was strong. Of grapefruit, raisins, pine, and brown sugar. Flavor starts sweet and malty which quickly turns to citrus flavors and a hop bitterness back bone. Nice warming sensation. Medium bodied.
Tap @ 2007 Strong Ale Fest. Called Uberschwein. The aroma was great with huge fresh pine and citrus. It got a 9 for that. The flavor also had some nice fresh hop notes.
Pailhead (6385) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - DEC 20, 2004
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Great banana bread, caramel and nice hoppiness in the aroma. Pours a dark transparent orangish-red with an insignificant white head. Malt and banana bread up front with a real nice hop finish and balance. The finish remindes of of a malty IPA. Moderate hop aftertaste.
jasonp (1573) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - DEC 19, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Beautiful clear mahogany with a beige head. Aroma of sweet malt, hops and dark fruit. A cross between a Barleywine and an I2PA - taste has strong notes of grapefruit/citrus, pine, resin, dark fruit, tropical fruit, caramel and molasses. Syrupy sweet with a bitter aftertaste and an alcohol buzz. Full, round and soft mouthfeel with subtle carbonation. Great head retention. Pretty easy drinking for a barleywine. Overall a great brew.
ChazyRPh (583) - Chazy, New York, USA - DEC 11, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
bomber...smells like an imperial IPA. High hop content on the nose. Clear garnet pour with a medium tan head. Intense piney hop aroma. This is an IPA2. It is extremely drinkable, however it has very little traditional barleywine qualities. I catch a little fruit, but by far it is west coast hops, throughout. I am quite disappointed.
skaughty (652) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - DEC 8, 2004
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is THE barley wine to introduce someone to the style. Very fruity aroma (figs and cherries) and a sweet taste. West Coast hops are mostly in the nose, but the malt wins on the palate (along with lively carbonation). Clean and quaffable.
joshpiledean (316) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 8, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2004 Reddish/orange/brown pour, small pearl head. Sweet and tangy nose, citurus notes. Rich feel, definate grapefruit character, starts sweet and ends bitter. Weak malt character, but nice malt feel. Strange finish.