clong83 (285) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 16, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thick and syrupy. Raisins and caramel in the body. Spicy and hoppy and full-bodied, but just a tad uneven. Dry and clean finish. Sweet but not cloying. Very good barleywine.
iowaherkeye (2698) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - FEB 21, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Father’s Office Santa Monica. Slightly hazy very deep Ruby with a one finger beige head, fair retention. Big tobacco bourbon nose with some caramel toffee notes--only getting a hint of red wine. Ah, there you are. Definite red wine going in the flavor, along with a little bourbon. The wine dries out the caramel and toffee notes very well. I thought it’d taste like Angel’s Share by the aroma, but the Syrah changed it considerably. Dark dry fruits--namely red grapes--are aplenty. Not getting as much leathery tobacco, but is still present. Semi-dry with bitterness at a 3 that lingers. Some boozy alcohol noted warming my throat and belly. Big full syrupy body with light prickly carbonation. Very good. The Syrah did get stronger in the aroma as it warmed up.
TomDecapolis (4604) - Milton, Delaware, USA - MAY 13, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at Ballast Point. Pours a deeper hazy brownish amber with a medium creamy/bubbly off white head. Aroma of dark fruits, toffee, wine notes, tobacco, vanilla and woody notes. Flavor
of oak, tobacco, dark fruits, toffee, nuts, wine and vanilla.
skmikeg (1179) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - FEB 5, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Old Grove. Pours a dark cola brown with tan head. Aroma of dark fruits, grapes, brown sugar, and oak. Taste is similar with a lot of winey notes and oaky notes. Has a medium body with a slighty slighty creamy mouthfeel and a semi dry, semi sweet, oaky finish. Overall, a very interesting and pretty tasty barlywine that makes good use of wine barrels.
Lagunitasfan (1321) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 13, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the Morena location. Yum, yum, and emeffing YUM. Nose is all wine and rich malt. Lotsa goodness all over the place. Taste is super sweet and fruity for a moment, then rich and malty. Too many things going on in the moment to realize them all. Lovely brew. Itried to talk them into filling my growler, but I couldn’t finish the deal.
TimE (3891) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JUN 1, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very dark brown amber color. Huge vanilla oak nose, chocolate and oranges. Amazing nose. Lingering oak. Hit you upside the face with oak and chocolate. Very balanced mouth. Smooth Luscious finish. Lingering brown sugar finish.
badlizard (5535) - Berkeley, California, USA - MAR 3, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark mohagany brown with a fizzy tan head. Strong aroma of molasses caramel sour grape and oak aroma. Tart caramel molasses and raisin taste with big wine and oak flavors on the back end and a smooth grape finish.
doubleo (1432) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 6, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours murky, red/brown with a thin offwhite head, some lace. Smells sweet and caramel malty with some fruit and grapes and slight wood sweetness as well. Tastes fruity and woody and malty, Nice, clean oak notes with wine grapes and a solid, sweet malt backbone. Best BA brew I’ve had from BP. Medium/full body, good carbonation.
anders37 (18749) - Malmö, SWEDEN - APR 13, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft @the brewery. Pours a hazy dark brown color with a small tan head. Has a fruity malty dry wine, raisin and dark fruit aroma. Sweetish malty spicy woody wine and dark fruit flavor. Has a sweetish malty woody wine finish with hints of dark fruit.
tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 7, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A decent offering, well worth the money and i’d definitely get it again. Just didn’t knock my socks off. High levels of oxidation, very raisony, more so than I remembered from the regular offering. The oxidation actually isnt that bad though, its fitting.