mkobes (2141) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - DEC 29, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
PP Strong Ale fest. Deep orange and copper in color with a nice off white fluffy head. Malty toffee bready aroma. Earthy hoppy toffee caramel flavor. Figs, raisins, dates and oak notes. Medium bodied. Finish is roasty. Very drinkable. Enjoyable.
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - DEC 29, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap @ Live Wire. I love Ballast Point, and I love Barley Wines, but this one just did not work for me. The pour was beautiful, but this is very malty, with some smoke and oak in the mix. Probably resembles a European barley wine, rather than the American hoppy BW’s im used to. Good, but not what im used to.
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 26, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap @ O’Briens. Cloudy brown with a short tan head. Dank, oaky, caramel, earthy malt aroma with a fair amount of grapefruit and pine tar. Excellent taste that seems to swirl resin, dates, figs, caramel, oak, and alcohol in your mouth. There is a constant earth overtone that stays with you throughout that is very nice.
alexanderj (3341) - Branson, Missouri, USA - DEC 24, 2007
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at Hamilton’s. Was really dark in color for the style Aroma of dark fruits and roasted malt. Flavor was heavy on the roasted side with the above mentioned flavors. Alcohol was well hidden, not really detectable.
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - DEC 24, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Hamilton’s. Dark brown color, almost black. Aroma is mild grapefruit, citrus, and roasted malt. Flavor has a lot of roasted malt, coffee, and some malt bitterness. Alexanderj thought 3.5ish.
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 15, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap @ O’Brien’s San Diego. Beer poured a deep rusty amber color with a thin, off white head. Nose of dried dark fruits like Raisen, pruns, dates? Alcohol was present but, not overwhelming. A good bite on the finish.
BBB63 (6155) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - DEC 4, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2007 PP SAF (cask): Coppery hue with a fading head and some lace. The aroma has notes of toffee, caramel, bready malting, some herbal and resiny hops, pepper, apricot, pear, wood, boozy. The taste is quite sticky sweet at first but some resiny bitterness and the alcohol cleanse the palate. Fruity and woody notes follow. With the exception of the bitterness this comes off a lot like a English Styled BW. The mouth feel is sticky and oily, warming and biting. Good but wanted more.
hapjydeuce (955) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 2, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On cask at Pizza Port Strong Ale Festival 07. Deep orange-brass color with a minimal tan head that settles into nice lacing. I was pretty damn sauced up by the time I got around to this one, so Im going on scribbled handwriting and hazed notions of what I thought about this one. I remember being upset about the incredible booziness of this barleywine; citrus, light caramel and pine notes with light fruits comprise the flavors. Finishes very hot, nearly overwhelming, the alcohol content needs to be tamed here. Whatever, ya know?
WeeHeavySD (3359) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - DEC 1, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
PP Strong Ale Fest 07. Cask. Pours orange with a 1 finger tan head. Nose is nice sweet and a bit of dried fruit. High alc in the taste, not much of a great taste otherwise. disappointed.
badlizard (5537) - Berkeley, California, USA - NOV 18, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Stone. Deep reddish brown with a fizzy white head. Great hoppy aroma of maple, pine, and cedar. Decent malty backbone with some cereal character and a good hoppy pine and citrus taste with alcoholic warmth in the finish.