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The name sort of says it all. John Maier, our Brewmaster, wanted to create a beer that defied traditional style definitions. The result was a remarkably hoppy yet balanced and malty ale that quickly became a cult favorite in our Newport brewpub. But what was it? It was not quite a barley wine and not quite a double or imperial IPA. Who really cares about putting beers into narrow categories? Great beer is great beer - just drink it and enjoy!


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dwyerpg (4650) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAR 27, 2014
Well this definitely seemed way more like an IPA than a barley wine to me. No molasses flavor or soma but a very noticeable hop content. Pretty good but nothing memorable.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bhensonb (11525) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 7, 2014
Capped wild 750 from BevMo in Folsom, CA. Pours hazy gold with a foamy white head. Aroma of cooked caramel with some mixed hop notes. Full bodied or more. Flavor is lightish caramel with a hop burn (unless itís alcohol, but I donít think so), and toffee, fruit, damn near anything but citrus. This is fantastic. Better than that. Loving it.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
swanmann (629) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - APR 28, 2014
Bottle: Clear and brassy orange with off white head. Smells of orange blossom, pine, caramel, alcohol. Syrupy, sweet, twangy, bitter... Not quite a barley wine. I would say closer to IIPA. I have to say I didnít let this age for any amount of time. I found a solid caramel body along side prominent hoppy citrus rind bitterness. Delicious.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bubbleflubber (1853) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - JUL 29, 2014
Pours into the glass a hazy orange with an initial foamy head that diminishes to a light ring of suds. The nose is of oranges, Caramel and light alcohol notes. Flavors include sweet Caramel, candied oranges, a hint of Tangy citrus and finishes with a bold bitter back of peppering hops. Full-bodied and oily on the palate, this is a great nightcap Or aperitif for meals. Gorgeous brew! Love the complexity, substance and marrying of two of my favorite styles.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Caytinator (966) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 17, 2014
Pint on tap at the portland brewpub. Gold color, cloudy, good lacing. Really good taste overall, itís got that barleywine taste at the end that marries well with the hops, actually. What a finisher...the master finisher. Weird wicked genre-defying beer, glad i tried it.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (2840) - Michigan, USA - SEP 25, 2014
750 ml bottle into snifter, 2014 bottling. Pours fairly hazy golden orange color with a 1 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, apricot, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel/rind, pine, floral, grass, caramel, toffee, honey, biscuit, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great complexity and balance of big citrus/tropical hops and moderate dark/bready malt sweetness; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, apricot, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel/rind, pine, floral, grass, caramel, toffee, honey, biscuit, and floral/grassy earthiness. Good amount of pine/citrus rind bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, apricot, pineapple, lemon zest, orange rind, pine, caramel, toffee, honey, biscuit, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity and balance of big citrus/tropical hops and moderate dark/bready malt sweetness; with a good malt/bitterness balance and no cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a smooth, fairly creamy/slick, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent blonde barleywine style. All around great complexity and balance of big citrus/tropical hops and moderate dark/bready malt sweetness; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mikedR (1345) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - OCT 11, 2013
This is a barley wine. It's lighter in color. And way too sweet. But imperial IPA notes? No. Just too muddled. Too bad, too, because the bottle is cool looking. C+ ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
presario (4709) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 16, 2014
Barley wine, DIPA or American Strong? Nice white head on amber. Just a dip of the hoppy foam will start a buzz. Light body is still enough to hold the big alcohol. Nice crystal sweetness. Solid hops. Easy to drink.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beese (2560) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 17, 2014
Draught at the Rogue Bar in downtown Portland, OR on 23 May 2013. Poured a dark golden colour with a large, dense white head and excellent lacing. Full, hoppy aroma with citrus and grass with some caramel sweetness. Full mouth feel and strong flavours of maple syrup, burnt sugar, flowery hop and cereal. Finish was an alcoholic kick mixed with some toffee and dry, hop bitterness.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Salmoniform (1001) - Sweet Home, Oregon, USA - MAR 1, 2014
Poured from tap to glass. Honey golden hue with white head that dissipated to a thin layer. Aroma is honey, ethanol, roasted malt, caramel, spicy hops, apricots, raisins. Mouthfeel is thick with a full body and low carbonation. Taste is sweet throughout with a bitterness in the following and a nice ethanol crispness in the finish. Overall, I really enjoyed this beer. Some may find this overly cloying but I actually lean towards full body, residual lot sweet, high ethanol brews.


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