afterglow (1047) - Florida, USA - MAY 1, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours a clear amber with a small white head that leaves good lacing. Aroma of caramel, sweet malt, alcohol, toffee, and citrus. Taste is the same as aroma. Medium mouthfeel with a moderate amount of bitterness and slightly warm alcohol. Good.
RedSox2004 (1047) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - JUL 5, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours hazy mahogany red with a decent head that left a strong film and ok lacing. Aromas of spices, caramel, brown sugar and apple. Taste is maltiness for the most part, but plenty of carmelized sugar and alcohol as well. Hops come in a bit at the end. Nice beer, but the alcohol is strong, and I’m thirsty.
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...
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 Iíve ever tried. The flavor was all over the place. This is simply a train wreck.
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.
neepsntatties (1023) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 1, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A 2007 bottle at a tasting at the home of, "hannont". Colour... very cloudy amber. Nose... boiled sweets with cinnamon discs and menthol drops. Palate... sweet, frothy, bitter on the sides of the palate with lots of dates, Christmas cake and sticky toffee pudding.
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - DEC 18, 2007
1.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
I havenít rated a beer in a looong time. I had to write this just to say how bad this beer is. Horrible rotten garbage aroma and flavor on top of a burnt, piney tone. The flavors just do not blend well together. I canít believe the brewers tasted this and okayed it to be bottled. YUK!
rajendra82 (911) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - JUN 1, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Train Wreck looked like a pretty good barley wine that exhibited a standard orange amber color. The carbonation was a little higher than average, and as a result a foamy two finger head topped the pour and stayed put. The smell was standard issue, the sweetness of the malt came across like raisins and mixed berries, and the hops were piney and resinous. The taste was a lot mellower than the smell suggested. The sweet and sour flavors seemed to be at a drinkably mild level than out to strip the enamel off your teeth. The level of bitterness was quite low, and left me wanting more of everything at the end of each sip. On a plus note, the alcohol was craftily hidden until evidenced as belly warmth. A little tinny in the mouth with none of the tongue coating qualities, and therefore little to no aftertaste. Approachable and well crafted, but ultimately not on par in terms of satisfaction compared to the bolder versions of the style coming out of others.
raphael (806) - 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 doesnít last long. smooth texture but very bitter on the tongue, that weird edge thatís 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..
HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - JUL 3, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft. Not the most balanced barley wine. Pours with a nice copper color and a faint head. Aromas of alcohol mainly, same with the flavor. Cloyingly sweet and very pronounced alcohol notes withe a bit of malts and caramel.