Fritz123 (1228) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - JUL 19, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared with Edgar at home. Snifter. Pours a crimson-brown with a small white head. Some mild lacing. Aroma is a combination of booze, carmelized malts, dark bread and dough, muddled hops, and leather. The taste is a unique for a barley wine. It has a slight booze taste up front with a warming on my palette. Then it’s followed by a malt profile and chased with serious hops for a b wine. Finish is hoppy and slight bitter with booze. Medium body, moderate carb. Nicely done and unique.
commonmac (509) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 28, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Big bottle purchased at Elevated. Consumed in tulip glass. Deep orange, maybe copper. Aroma picks up the hops added near the end of the brewing process. Little bit of a tropical fruit element. Persistent half finger white head. Taste is really interesting conflicting style profiles. Definitely hoppy especially at the finish. Slaps you in the face. The hop resin and bitterness is there in full force. It has some of Belgian malty sweetness and dark fruit, raisin quality at the beginning. Alcohol presence. Starts off soft before giving way to the oily hop resin towards the end. I like the beginning but think the hops are overdone at the end. I guess Hog Purgatory would be a better name in my book.
madchemist83 (123) - USA - MAR 28, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tropical fruit in the nose. Pineapple, mango, passion fruit, citrus and pine. Copper brown with thick head. Nice bitter bite help balance the alcohol. Sweet and malty finish.
hawanna (2467) - Freising, GERMANY - MAR 21, 2015
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle as a Gift - thanks Daniel
caramel, citrus, herbs, cereal, alcohol, amber, hazy, frothy, tan foam, heavy cloying sweetness, medium bitterness, full body, oily feel, slick feel, soft carbonation, long finish,
nhjmoyer (6) - san antonio, Texas, USA - MAR 19, 2015 does not count
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I had this beer at the Flying Saucer in San Antonio trying to achieve my plate and it was one of those that I will have to drink again and thwart my efforts on obtaining my plate. Amazing beer with a huge compliment of flavors.
monk191 (1201) - California, USA - MAR 9, 2015
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
More California IPA then barleywine. Pours a nice deep orange wit a white head. Smells of hops and grapefruit. Taste is very hoppy throughout, with just a slight amount of barleywine, but lots of grapefruit, some soapiness and a very bitter finish with lemon rind and thyme. Lingering bitter finish. Had in the bottle. Expected a nicely balanced barleywine, but hops overwhelm everything else.
TheCaptMatey (162) - Ohio, USA - FEB 5, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a dark amber to orange colour with a off white head that left thick lacing. Aroma is hops, caramel, and hints of candied fruits. Flavor is roasted sweet malts, hops, faint citrus, molasses, and sweet fruits. Medium bodied with light carbonation with a smooth mouthfeel ending in a slightly harsh bitter finish. The bitterness seems to increase with each sip, but the overall flavor is well balanced between bitter and sweet elements.
hman43 (462) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - JAN 24, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
It pours a cloudy like brown with a tan head. As the head dissipates, lacing is present. It has the smell of dried fruit, molasses, alcohol, with a sweet fruit smell. It has a surprisingly sweet fruit taste with molasses and caramel. The bitterness is more on the mild side compared to others in the class except for a twinge in the back. The bitterness became more pronounced as I drank more. It produces a pleasant warming on the way down.
Jur (437) - NETHERLANDS - JAN 24, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ home, from WholeFoods, Addison.
Hog heaven and hop heaven! Rich, walnut, rosebud, booze and hops. Well balanced, very good.
closey22 (1072) - Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, USA - JAN 18, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark amber with thin rimming beige head; aroma is blend of hops and malt sweetness; flava is roasty and hoppy upfront nicely blended with a malty sweetness with notes of molasses and sweet cherry; feels medium with decent foamy fizziness; finishes dry slightly bitter and herbal notes.
SG111 (377) - New York, USA - JAN 18, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Banter Bar, Brooklyn, 2013 vintage. Pours a chestnut brown with a small white head with lacing that clings to the sides. Aroma is caramel, toffee, fig, some mild hops in the back. Flavor is similar. Lots of fig, and toffee, caramel. Lovely hop finish. Really only get the hop bitterness in the finish. So nice.