DocLock (7860) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 3, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Squat flip-top from Capone’s. Pours dark brown with minimal tan head. Nose is oaky cherry, run, some lactose and tannins. Tastes very tart, funky, with notes of cherry, lactic tartness, mild funk, and oak. This one is mis-categorized, and should be a sour ale.
CapFlu (4521) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 18, 2014
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Swing top. No *pop* of carbonation upon opening. Pours a headless deep brownish-red body. Nose of barleywine, sweet red licorice, and new shoe leather coated with beeswax. Flavour of a merlot doused with watered-down lemon pulp and black cherry pits. Astonding how the thin flavour doesn’t play to the more robust aroma. I can see why others were disappointed with this collaboration brewery’s bottle - while I’m interested in what Terrapin has to offer. Thanks Alessandro for the offering. Cheers!
slowrunner77 (1937) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 18, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
"So drastically different than the Terrapin bourbon version as to bear no resemblance to that beer. this came in a flip top bottle, and there being no pop upon opening, it was flat as expected. Too bad, because other than having zero head and a flat feel, it was really nice. Taking on more wild character from the rum barrels than expected, it was more like a wild or sour blens than anything resembling a barlwyine. Fruity, sweet, alcoholic and tart. Would have been a 4+ had it not been flat."
Danyel (745) - Colorado, USA - SEP 16, 2014
2.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 11/20
2011 Swing top Bottle. Pours hazy brown with no head. Aroma is strong of coconut, rum, oak, raisins, figs. Taste is very figs, blackberry, extremely flat- absolutely no carbonation, medium bodied, a touch of sourness on the back. Good flavor but it’s so flat...and bit stomach acidy....
kathouse (1015) - Nevada, USA - SEP 4, 2014
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Cloudy red with no foam. Tart cherry aroma. Little carbonation. Sour wood, dank with deep fruits. Rum barrel hides in the background. Too wild for me.
Lukaduke (2185) - Portland, Maine, USA - AUG 1, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pours a murky dull sienna color with a trace of eggshell film. Nose is composty with ketchup, mustard and barbecue notes mingling with a stale caramel sweetness a hint of vinegar and more rubbish on a warm day. Not very inviting... but actually the palate has less rubbish notes and more sour fruit and rotten apple, moldy cherries, underlying sweetness, weird condiment vinegar late palate... interesting but not really my thing.
zach8270 (3472) - Henrietta, New York, USA - JUL 11, 2014
1 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 3/20
(bottle - 330 ml flip top - 2011 vintage) Copper pour with no head. Sour and vinegar aroma. Sour and vinegar in the flavor with a sickly sweet aftertaste. Had to dump it. Something clearly went wrong with it. But what kind of a barley wine turns after not even 3 full years? Major disappointment.
john_henry (102) - - JUN 27, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a flat murky deep dark brown/red with no head. Light vinous aroma. Tastes slightly acidic, vinous with very little sweetness, but well balanced. Overall a very enjoyable beer I look forward to visiting again.
nimbleprop (4873) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 22, 2014
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
33cl bottle via trade. Pours a murky brown with basically zero head. Nose has an odd mix of booze, wood pulp and strawberry jam, a little brown sugar, some nail polish, rhubarb. Flavor is really strange, tart, cherries and currants, some stewed mustard greens, a little raspberry vinaigrette, pickled swiss chard stems, oily, a bit medicinal. Oily finish. Very strange. Definitely infected, but also poorly made.
pras (464) - Maryland, USA - MAY 17, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Like others have said, this probably got infected. If it got infected, they should figure out what happened and replicate it. Sometimes, mistakes have really good results. This is a very interesting brew because in the nose it smells 100% like a barley wine. It has a strong raisin note, with other dried fruits along with it. Taste is oak, and then pure sour funk. Finishes with a nice bitter bite in the back of the throat (perhaps from the rye). Alcohol is well hidden. My only regret is not having another bottle to save for later.
wedgie9 (1937) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - APR 30, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tasted on 4/30/14 from a swing-top 330mL bottle purchased at Bruisin’ Ales. Pours clear, dark mahogany with no head, but some thin bubbly lace that quickly disappears. Beers like this are always hard for me to judge. If it were classified as a Sour or Wild Ale, I would rate it much higher, but being classified as a Barley Wine I am pretty sure that it is just infected. The nose is tart and sour ala an oud bruin, but with a ton more sweet caramel and vanilla rum aroma. The flavor is the same, very sour with the same caramel, toffee, and vanilla barrel-aged barley wine from the nose. The body is full and tannic with zero carbonation and a long sour and sweet oak finish.