RateBeer
overall
68
23
style
Serve in Snifter

bottling
unknown

on tap
unknown

distribution
unknown

Add Distribution Data
RATINGS: 119   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.2   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 318   ABV: 10.6%
Share this beer with friends!
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Brewed and bottled on the wrong side of the tracks by Butte Creek Brewing company, Chico, Ca. Certified Organic by C.C.O.F.

You'll be lucky to walk away from this one!


5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
orgbrewer (1) - Chico, California, USA - FEB 12, 2007 does not count
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.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ratman197 (9042) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAR 15, 2008
Bomber poured a clear reddish copper with a lasting light amber head. Aromas of light oxidation, carmel, brown sugar, dates, raisins and pepper. Palate was medium to full bodied and smooth. Flavors of carmel, toffee, raisin, spice and light brown sugar with a smooth lingering bittersweet finish.
Hides itís alcohol well!

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
FlacoAlto (3737) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 14, 2007
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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChainGangGuy (4281) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - NOV 18, 2007
Appearance: Pours a hazy, deep amber body with a large, creamy-looking off-white head. Smell: Alcoholic, sweet-smelling nose of caramel syrup and candied citrus fruits. Lesser notes of biscuits and pine needles as well. Taste: Sugary caramel flavor upfront followed by a variety of juicy citrus fruits, traces of pine, and a solid bitterness. The sweetness makes a rebound with hints of brown sugar coated biscuits. The candy sweet finish carries with it a palate-scorching alcohol bite. Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation. Definite warming alcohol presence. Drinkability: Not so bad, all things considered, though it most certainly could benefit from further time away in the cellar.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
doubleo (1433) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 19, 2008
22oz bottle. This beer was surprisingly good. Pours clearish brown/red with a slow building, frothy, offwhite head with good retention and spider web lace. Smells spicy hoppy and caramelly malty sweet. A bit of alcohol on the nose as well. Tastes malty and sweet caramelly with a healthy dose of spicy hop flavors. Pretty hot, lots of alcohol flavor. Pretty solid, classic BW. Full body, good carbonation.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
neepsntatties (1114) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 1, 2011
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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Palidor19 (2881) - Brandon, Florida, USA - APR 23, 2008
Works well on all levels, its got a dark aroma of caramel and high malts. The taste is very herbal and has a dark malts flavor with high alcohol. A must have

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
after4ever (5935) - Brier, Washington, USA - MAY 26, 2008
22. Pours a deep dark mahogany with bright burgundy highlights. Thick, creamy tan head that really sticks around. Plenty of craggy lacing, too. Opens up with a big dark ganja-like aroma, as you would expect from a northern California beer called "Train Wreck." That mixes in with dark wet leaves, a wee bit of earth, and plenty of wood. The body kicks off thick and creamy; very nice. Plummy, vinous notes mingle with the wood, earth, and leaves. If this beer reminds me of anything, itís Bigfoot--not ganja. The wood notes are very pronounced. Nice dark and sharp finish. This is a very good barleywine, maybe a great one, and will only improve with age as that sharp vinous stuff settles down and it all blends.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
popery (1231) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 20, 2009
Itís been about 15 months since I purchased the bottle. I donít know if itís significantly worse fresh, but this is a big, rich barleywine at this point and itís quite nice. The beer is a pretty standard red-tinged amber with a small head fading to a bit of lacing. The aroma is particularly good - vanilla, caramel malt, a touch of lingering citric hops, cognac around the edges and an almost koelsch-like vinous quality. The grape aroma is all sweet, little champagne grapes and adds a lot. The flavor has that silky, smooth sweetness of residual sugars that have slowly oxidized. The mouthfeel could be a touch creamier but itís still good. Itís really quite nice at this point. I almost want to try a fresh bottle to understand some of the lower scores. Iím not sure why this beer would rate lower than Old Guardian or Green Flashís barleywine.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 16, 2007
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.


We Want To Hear From You



Join us! RateBeer is made by beer enthusiasts for the craft beer community. Your basic membership is free and allows you to read all beer ratings. Click here to create your account... and give your opinion!

Join Us »



Page    1  2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12


Tick this beer

for your profile
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Copyright © 2000-2014,
RateBeer LLC. All rights
reserved.
about us
About RateBeer
FAQ
Contact/Feedback
New Beers
add
Advanced Search
Add A Beer
Add A Brewer
Add A Place
Events
membership
Log In
Edit Personal Info
Buy Premium Membership
Your Messages
the best
RateBeer Best
100 Beer Club
The Top 50