ElGaucho56 (394) - USA - AUG 22, 2007
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
pours the color of petrified amber with little to no head. bare aroma of malts, some slight brown sugar. Typical barleywine flavor, though rather thin and undeveloped, followed by a cough syrup alcohol sensation and unpleasant hop bitter burning. Rather underwhelming, unfortunately.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Source: Brewfest, Classic City
clear dark chocolate, scant head, light phonelic aroma, hot caramel malt flavor, strange hop balance, lots of sweetness in the finish, needs a better choice in hops,
Aroma: 4/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 5/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 10/20
I would like to rerate this beer.
JoeMcPhee (8746) - 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.
Rustyham (1746) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - APR 25, 2010
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
More bitter than expected, this did have some malt body to it and was more orange colored that your typical barley wine color. Not too exciting, but better than expected from an obscure brand from Whole Foods. Shared with Smith4498
DYCSoccer17 (3382) - 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 Brewingís 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.
ChazMania (658) - Pasadena, California, USA - JUL 6, 2007
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bomber. Umm, well, this was really disappointing on many fronts. It seemed to pour and look decent, but on first sip, geez louise, I thought it was alcohol with a little malt/hop flavor mixed in. I love beer, all kinds of beer, Iím always searching for something new and inspired to taste. Iím sorry friends, Iím pouring out this bomber, I canít drink it. There are too many tasty other offerings to enjoy and I canít muster the will power to pound through this whole 22oz.
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - NOV 23, 2007
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
This beer completely lives up to its name. Phenolic nose with notes of rotten fruit and artificial sweetener. Sweet and oxidized palate with some burnt toffee and spruce tips. Sickening sweet high alcohol finish.
marcus (6849) - 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 doesnít taste like a barleywine (way too many hops) and wasnít really worth drinking. "Train Wreck" is an appropriate name.
wingman333 (333) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - JUN 19, 2007
2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Bomber...which bombed. If youíre a barleywine lover, I would not recommend this. It is weak in flavor, has a watery mouthfeel, and you must really try to taste much of anything here. It was really closer to a subpar IPA I sampled just before trying this. This is the weakest-tasting barleywine Iíve had.
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.