bhightow (24) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 26, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
vanilla, roasty, brown, clear, minimal head, lightly bitter, full body, average carbonation, long finish,
zdk (1809) - New York, New York, USA - APR 27, 2010
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
tap at RnH - hoppy barley wine. citrus and astringent, sugary and some nuttiness. Over carbonated. not a big fan of this one.
Dickinsonbeer (5077) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - APR 22, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Rattle N Hum for the Ballast Point Promo night with Joe and Zach. Pours a hazed medium to deep amber with a thinning head- fades. Aroma is very sharp earthy crystal malt, caramel, honey, maple, earth, light grassy hops, and ok fruity raisin esters. Flavor is also a touch too sharp with dark crystal malts, brown sugar, sweet molasses and earth with a light hoppy finish- somewhat smooth- ok.
Pwn3d (1961) - Manhattan, New York, USA - APR 21, 2010
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the brewery event at Rattle n Hum. Courtesy of CUJO. Poured into a flute glass. Tons of molasses and brown sugar, soft vanilla smokey aroma..
cloudskipper (17) - Alameda, California, USA - APR 10, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is an American-style barleywine?! No no no....
Hot nose. Kinda faint, but nice bite of malts, slight hops and vanilla. Dark appearance, almost black. Taste is kinda hot, but a lot of sweetness - malt, vanilla, wood. Everything I love about a barleywine.
A touch too hot for me, and a bit thin, but otherwise this is great stuff from Ballast Point. More West Coast English-style barleywines please!
rmhancock (21) - USA - JAN 26, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Ballast Point. Pours deep reddish brown. Aroma is sweet with malt character. Taste is refreshing, smooth and sweet and some spicy, earthy undertones with a bit of warmth from the alcohol but very balanced. very good. I liked this better than the barrel aged version
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JAN 25, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Downtown Johny Brown’s. Pours a dark ruby red with a thick creamy off white head that leaves behind a wall of lacing. Cotton candy and maple syrup aroma. Sure it has a big sweetness, but it has the hop content to balance this out. In fact, this seems smooth enough to be somewhere between and american and an english barleywine. Lots of cherries to the finish.
neepsntatties (1208) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 19, 2010
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Had this on tap this past weekend at the Great Alaskan Beer and Barley Wine Festival in Anchorage, AK. Colour... cloudy, dark amber. Nose... pub mustard, garlic and BBQ sauce. Palate... sour, tangy, some hops and rotten, spent malt. Something is fouled here! Bad lines?? I’ve had a few beers from these folks and they’ve been outstanding. This one, however, is not quite right!
JoeTheYounger (1144) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - JAN 17, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Appearance was clear amber with small. Aroma was sweet sugars and hops. Taste was very smooth well balanced and hoppy. Nice pallet. Overall very good.
mspindler (489) - Alta Loma, California, USA - JAN 14, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at ballast point. Pours dark reddish brown with a small off white head. Aroma is mostly citrusy hops and burnt caramel. Flavor is caramel, smooth bitterness, and a lot of citrus. Palate is full, good carbonation and resinous.