hayduke (3322) - Eureka, California, USA - MAR 10, 2007
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
From a 22 oz bottle this poured a dark copper color with a big fat fluffy pillow of a head that left large chunks of lacing. Nose of caramel malts, fruits, and hops. This is supposed to be a Barley Wine but does not taste quite like one. Mouthfeel is somewhat sweet and oily. Flavor are complex but do not totally integrate. Alcohol is apparent. I actually found this decent to drink, and would be curious to see it would settle down in a couple of years. I will have to try to get another bottle.
Reid (1855) - Salem,Oregon, Oregon, USA - FEB 26, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice looking ale, dark orange, clear with a large thick creme coloured head.
Aroma is pretty faint, but it was was malty,slightly caramel.
Oh wow ..this is a strange flavour! Dark fruits, bitter malty and alcoholic all at once clashing in the first sip Pretty sugary in a sherry sort of way. After the first few sips it settles down into a very malty ,alcoholic taste , though not totally unpleasant.
Actually alright on the palate, a little sugary at times .
Overall a bit of a "train wreck" alright. Maybe this could improve with age.
Though its notvtotally bad now.
raphael (867) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 24, 2007
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
strong hops and caramel aroma, a fruitiness I cant name (like froot loops without the sugar). orange amber clarity, head doesn’t last long. smooth texture but very bitter on the tongue, that weird edge that’s almost burnt sugar bitter. a less than pleasant hop blend in flavors, almost minty (did anyone else try the mint flavored colt 45 when it was out 20 or so years ago?), shrill, while also pounding the bottom that probably has malt acting like dark matter to provide a little stability--& that alcohol, hidden in the hop mix, the warming is nicely gradual..
Doctormirk (100) - USA - FEB 23, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Transparent copper with a khaki head. Smells of grapefruit and pine. Tastes grassy and of alcohol. Also tastes like green tea and grass. Syrup. Did not notice any of the dark fruits normally associated with barley wines. Comparable to the Butte Creek Revolution X.
bb (6784) - Alamo, California, USA - FEB 20, 2007
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Rich amber beer with a slight tannish head. Low malty aroma with some earthiness. Slight cereal flavor with malt and lemony citrus. Lingering balanced hops and caramel. Still a bit of cereal. medium bodied.
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - FEB 15, 2007
1.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 3/20
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2007 Bottle. Man, I love what Butte Creek is doing as far as brewing organically and I have nothing but total respect for them but this is probably the most appropriately named beers I’ve ever tried. The flavor was all over the place. This is simply a train wreck.
orgbrewer (1) - Chico, California, USA - FEB 12, 2007 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Wow this beer sure goes down smooth. Never had a beer this strong that drank so easy. Got to be careful with this one. For all hop heads out there this one is huge on the hops, not for the weak a heart. Its very dry, not thick and syrupy like most barlywines. I could drink these all night, thats if i did not passout first. Its a must try.
marcus (6337) - Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 20, 2007
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Sampled at Sacramento Brewing Barleywine Festival. This copper-colored ale pouerd with a miniscule off-white head. The initial taste is funky and thin, with a very bitter finish. This brew doesn’t taste like a barleywine (way too many hops) and wasn’t really worth drinking. "Train Wreck" is an appropriate name.
DYCSoccer17 (3299) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 20, 2007
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
4 ounce sample on tap at Sacramento Brewing’s 2007 Barleywine Festival. Grainy, cereal-like aroma with some citrus PNW hoppiness. Really grainy, though. Transparent copper color with an off white head. Way too light for this to be a barleywine. Flavor is dusty, musty, dirty, with lots of grains and cereal. Becomes dry and very grapefruity hopped and bitter to finish. With the name of this beer combined with the crazy hoppiness and the light color, I can only guess that this is a fucked up batch of an IIPA that they just sent for this festival. Perhaps it was a shitty test batch for the beer that was supposed to be their Organic Revolution? Either way, this is a piss-poor offering.