celogan (201) - Oroville, California, USA - FEB 24, 2008
2.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Got this in a 22 oz bottle. Poured dark copper with slight head that evaporated in a short while but left some decent lacing. Adquate carbonation. Nose alcohol and malt. Flavor pretty malty and slightly sweet with a little hopiness, but not much (if youíre a hop-head anyway). Overall it is pretty smooth and very drinkable. Nice flavor. the 10.6 ABV co-insides with the label .. "you wonít walk away from this one"
If you drink one of these 22 ouncers, give someone your car keys for about an hour or so.
Absolutely worth drinking and having again, even for a hop-head itís enjoyable, but donít expect an IPA-Like Hopiness because itís just not there.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - FEB 18, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured a slightly hazed amber color with a small mostly white head. The aroma was malty, sweet and fruity with light citrus hops. It had a kind of sweet cherry aroma. The flavor was sweet and fruity with earthy notes and stiff bitterness. Medium to full bodied and fairly warming. The name is close.
Wegro (329) - Fresno, California, USA - FEB 13, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a reddish copper with a crappy head. Smells matly and hoppy. Has a lot of sweet malt in the flavor, some raisin and other unexpected stuff. Good amount of hop bitterness to balance the sweet barley wine malts. Goes down a lot smoother than I expected, the alcohol isnít overwhelming in the taste or finish. So far barely wines arenít a favorite style of mine but this wasnít too shabby.
WeeHeavySD (3356) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - FEB 6, 2008
2.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
bomber 07 Vintage. Shared with Cyn after grading for me and coding for her. A reward of sorts. Pours copper orange with a tan head that faded to a ring. The nose is sweet and relatively light. Taste is sweet, but bitter way way too bitter for me. taste is hot and not so nice, it ainít a 52 percentile for nothing, this barleywine is severly flawed. Oh well...
SDalkoholic (1998) - Linda Vista, California, USA - JAN 19, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 oz bottle from Pizza Portís bottle shop. A crystal clear mahogany is for the color while a small patch of head and slight lacing will occur. In the nose, a dark malt and delicate sweetness carries the aroma for a well induced scent. The flavor is mildly hoppy and sweet with caramel but nothing special or anything Iíd like to taste again.
beastiefan2k (2190) - 2nd City (formely NYC & KS), Illinois, USA - JAN 6, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled shared by JoeMcPhee, I think. The brewers of this beer did a great thing, they were able to show the drinker how hard it is to make a pretty crappy barleywine. Itís not easy but Butte Creek nailed it. And Train Wreck is the perfect name for this beauty. The beer is a dark orange/amber color, of course very plain, they should have tried to make it pale clear to hit all the low points. The aroma is filled with astringent alcoholic cherry. The first sure sign of a bad barleywine. The taste is kind of empty icky malts. thatís it.
OldGrowth (2326) - North Carolina, USA - JAN 6, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle, from Cary Wholefoods. bought several months back, drank 1/3/08. Good aroma, sweet. Vanilla, toffee, maple, grainy, cardboard, citrus-lemon/grapefruit, little earthiness. Clean copper color, good head that faded to a ring. Good lace. Bitter sweet flavor, mainly bitter, with occassional sweet streaks. Medium body, a thinner ceamy mouthfeel, sweet dry finish. Could of mellowed abit more as I thought it was a tad hot. Flavor got better as it warmed.
StefanSD (1920) - Lakeside, California, USA - JAN 5, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
650 ml bottle from Bevmo. Pours a rich amber color with sudsy off-white head that lasted a while and left plenty of lacing in the glass. The aroma is strong with a citrus and sweet malt bouquet. The flavor up front is very hoppy biter; the impact of this beer is that it is an IPA or IIPA because of the bitterness. Besides the biter there is a taste of grapefruit, raisins, and walnuts. The mouthfeel is smooth and full, with good carbonation. The finish is long with lingering bitterness. Overall: this is a great beer to come home to after a hard day at work. Recommended.
JoeMcPhee (8053) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 5, 2008
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Deep ruddy amber beer. Slightly sweet rich toasted malt aroma. Chewy sweet, caramel and toast with a soft toffeeish character as well. Fairly dirty and rancid backnotes behind the otherwise solid malts. Well-named, really.
badlizard (5518) - Berkeley, California, USA - DEC 30, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
650 ml bottle from Bevmo. Light brown with almost no head. Earthy hoppy aroma. Sweet caramel and alcohol taste with a big hoppy presence and decent bitterness. Gets better as it warms.