STEPHENDR (478) - California, USA - MAY 4, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz. bottle- color of translucent mahogany, with a good cream colored head - nose of nice hops, brown sugar , and alcohol Ė taste of slight hops , molasses , prunes , and way too much alcohol - body is creamy with some texture when one get past the alcohol burn , and with low carbonation Ė aftertaste of raisins , slight hops , red fruit , caramel , and alcohol Ė this beer is green defiantly needs age
SSSteve (3835) - - APR 21, 2007
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
2007. hazy amber/orange color with a large yellow head. hoppy, fruity aroma with a hint of caramel. flavor is hoppy with a good caramel malt with a bourbon-like finish. strong alcohol presence. definitely needs some time to age.
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 16, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2007 release. Clear copper pour with a thick but squatty off-white head. Oranges, citrus, hops, pine, earth, and malt make up the nose. Big malt and big hops in the taste. Lots of resin with less grapefruit. Not well balanced, but both tastes are great.
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - APR 15, 2007
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Light bronze in color. Aroma is of poorly extracted malts and big alcohol, manure,hay, vitamins & minerals. Flavor is nasty, with some dirty, manure like flavors.
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 14, 2007
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sampled March 2007 at the Stuffed Sandwich, San Gabriel CA
Candied orange aromatics greet my nose from the first, but are also joined by nice herbal notes, some solid berry aromas and a touch of menthol. The beer is a brilliantly clear, amber hued red color and it is topped by a frothy, initially one finger-thick, tan colored head that is decent for a draught beer.
It is immediately apparent that this is a chewy beer, not to mention that this is definitely a hoppy brew. Hop notes of pine, green tasting herbs, plus lots of citrusy notes of orange, grapefruit, tangerine and apricot are prominently noticeable. This beer is defined by very large flavors, with the hops definitely leading the way, yet there is certainly a lot of supporting malt character here. The malt takes on notes of caramel, toffee and noticeable residual malt sugars and that is what is easily noticeable underneath all the hop character. There is a nice berry character here that comes through if you roll the beer around on the tongue a bit. Brandy notes really add to what is already a contemplative sipping brew. This is one of the better Barley Wines out there; certainly it is hop centric, but even the hops have lots of complex flavors that just mix so well with the huge, chewy, yet supporting malt character.
bhensonb (11534) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 9, 2007
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma starts with malt, quickly followed by pine hop. Translucent color of ripe apricot flesh, and an off-white head that is vigorous. A bit of lacing. It starts warm and malty. Not overly carbonated. A light burning sensation at the back of the palate. A bit vinous in mid-quaff. The malt persists through the middle, the alcohol tends to demand attention, but the finish is relatively dry - it just takes a long time to get to that point. Finally a resiny bitterness remains. Itís likely to persevere for awhile.
jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - APR 9, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a clear, deep reddish-amber with a gorgeous, thick, tan head - very uneven surface, consisting of all sizes of bubbles, from soapy-big to micro-small - disappointingly short-lived. The foam laces the glass heavily, too. The aroma is strong with piney, grassy hops that give way to toffee-like malt. There is a metallic character to the malt aroma. There is some fruit character to the aroma, too - and a hint of alcohol. The flavor starts bitter and piney, but also sweet and malty - all the while stinging the tip of the tongue with carbon dioxide. The middle of the tongue picks up hints of smoke, a decent amount of alcohol, some soapy flavors, and a thick, sluggish mouthfeel (still stinging with carbonation). Third sip, now - the head is nearly reduced to nothing, and the lace has slid down the glass into the beer, almost vanishing. A woody, almost cardboard-like, character of the malt is coming across in the aroma - and also in the finish. The alcohol content is evident in the flavor, from beginning to end. Not very smooth, but quite complex. It reminds me of the Single Barrel vintage of Jack Daniels whiskey - incredibly rough and fiery when one might be expecting smoothness for such a price. The malt flavors hide molasses and hints of honey. There is a hint of roasted grain flavors - but they are hard to detect as the tongue is hit by piney, soapy hops and then a wave of alcohol. I feel that this beer has lots of potential: The malts and hops are balanced, and the malt profile tastes complex. And yet, the rugged, unapologetic character have trampled my tongue, leaving me vulnerable. The mouthfeel is not too heavy, but cloying - leaving a coating over the tongue that tastes like brown sugar. The finish is very bitter and very malty - and tastes so much like alcohol that Iím already waiting for the headache to begin (Iím not even half-way through it). The beer finishes dry with a very bitter after-taste. Overall, it isnít terrible, not great. It grows on you (or maybe itís just the alcohol). Now about halfway through, the alcohol and piney hops seem a bit softer and a bit more mellow. The balance and character of the beer is improving. It is a good attempt, and Iíd probably be happy with it if it were my homebrew. But it needs some refinement., or perhaps it just needs some age...
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 3, 2007
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a light amber color with a light brown head. Aroma is malty sweet, some brown sugar. Flavor is malty with notes of brown sugar.
Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 27, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Complex and almost sloppy monster beer. Malty as all heaven followed by an earthquake of hops. Brown in color with a rich creamy head. I can see why others donít like this beer so much, but I do appreciate the "go big or go home" philosophy of the organic brewmaster.
Magjayran (1379) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 25, 2007
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Deep red color with a white head. Decent lacing. Malt first type of barley wine with a nose of dark fruits. What holds this one back is itís lack of flavor up front other than a caramel sweetness and itís harsh alcohol finish.