HonkeyBra (3795) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - MAR 17, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Crushed with Carythedude and jakebra. Red pour with big head. Aroma is sweet. Very sweet. Some oak, mostly raisins. Rum. Prunes. A bit of hops. Flavor is way to sweet. Itís alright, and was cool to try. Just way too sweet.
daknole (10320) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 16, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from the Otown throwdown. mcbackus on the hookup! Pours a nice brown color wtih a very tiny head. Aroma is sweet, bourbon, oak, brown sugar, raisin bread, molasses and some dried fruit--figs and dates. Flavor is very nice. Sweet with maply syrup, boourbon, wood notes, malt and some light muted citrus hops. Good beer.
That1Guy (2061) - Greeley, Colorado, USA - MAR 15, 2009
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Crushed with Jakebra and Honkeybra. Huge, huge head. Incredibly sweet nose, with some hops in there. Flavor isnít as sweet, but itís still a kick in the teeth. Not that good, but one of Big Skyís best efforts.
after4ever (6731) - Brier, Washington, USA - MAR 11, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
750, capped and foiled. #530/1800. Another gusher. The second one tonight. Sigh. Maybe Iíll just make this a tradition from now on. On Tuesday nights, Iíll open a gusher. If I open a beer and it doesnít spooge all over the counter on its own, Iíll just pour some around for the sugar ants. Theyíll come in eventually, no doubt.
Pours a deep, deep mahogany brown that somehow manages to look velvety through the glass. Enormous, thick, foamy, sudsy, towering head. Plenty of stringy lace. One touch of your lips and the skin oil knocks it down by half in a few seconds, but itís comically massive up until that point.
Humongously sweet nose--brown bread, brown sugar, figs, dates, and heaps of store-bought molasses. Almost bleeds over into tawny port territory, but it really has a fresh fruit/boxed sugar intensity to the sweetness of the nose. Immediately makes me wonder whether it should sit for a few years...especially given that it smeels this sweet refrigerator-cold.
Nice body, creamy, high side of medium. Nothing sticky or cloying about the mouthfeel. The bread, figs, and molasses pick up some orange-y counterpoint on the mid-palate, thereís a bit of citric sharpness to it thatís not present on the nose. Long, slightly orange-pith-y, heavily brown-bread-y finish. No flaws, other than the wicked overcarbonation (and that goes away). But doesnít really have much to say on its own with the dense sweetness unaccompanied by anything else. I think if theyíre going to go this sweet with it and not give it more hop bite to balance, they should say something on the label about aging it for a couple years. And still give it some more hops, then, honestly, because thisíll be out of balance in two years without them.
highibus (756) - Vail, Arizona, USA - MAR 8, 2009
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a viscous deep chestnut with no real head (as typical with a bw). Huge aroma of bourbon and slight wood. Sweetness up front with a good balance of alcohol and hops. Quite heavy on the bourbon, but that is what I like about it. Nice beer.
jake65 (2901) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAR 8, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Nice amber color with a large, fluffy beige head. Sweet and flavorful aroma of citrus and caramel malt. Deep, dark fruity, and light hints of sherry. Tastes rather malty with a little citrus, caramel, and light sherry notes. Some faded hops. Nice.
Aubrey (3490) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - MAR 4, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle, 868 of 1,800: This stuff is nice! Deep amber-red with a big, snap-crackle-pop head. Only medium bodied, but where it lacks in texture, it makes up for with boldness. And, I should say, even though the texture wasnít heavy on the tongue, it was still real nice, with a great carbonation level. Malts are very complex and tasty, with very rich elements of brown sugar, molasses, toffee, caramel, toasted bread, nuts and wholesome wood. Hops are grassy, earthy and herbal. Lesser notes of citrus and blood. Very nice alcohol notes from start to finish, with some fruity qualities. Hard alcohol coziness and warmth. Nutty aftertaste. Great barleywine.
BuckeyeBoy (3681) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAR 2, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle Pours out a amber topped with a small sand head. Aroma was of pit fruit, some oak and sweetness. Tast was more wood a very tasty caramel and even some sweet vanilla. Very tasty BW.
Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - FEB 28, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the AZ Strong Beer fest. Pours a clear amber with a thin off-white head. The nose is floral hops and caramel. The taste is caramel malt, brown sugar and citrus hops. Medium bodied. Nice barley wine Ė not overly sweet Ė good stuff.
marcus (7671) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 28, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the brewery. This amber ale poured with a foamy beige head and a caramel aroma. It starts sweet, then mellows to a nice bitter and spicy finish.