fiulijn (14298) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 1, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Birratrovo, Como
Cloudy amber color with red hue; large creamy head. Strong aroma of sweet caramel and fudge; fruity (strawberry jam); lightly yeasty and feety. Full bodied; round mouthfeel; good malt and caramel flavor, a touch of fudge, moderately sweet; strong bitterness with orangey fruitiness and piney resins.
Nothing new under the sun, just a plain, bold and good American Strong.
Dogbrick (7586) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 13, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample at House Beer. Reddish-amber color with a medium creamy white head that diminishes gradually. Patchy lacing on the glass. Aroma of malt, ripe fruits and hops. Full, chewy body with flavors of sweet malt, fruit and earthy hops. The finish is incredibly sweet with a lingering caramel malt and subtle aftertaste. Decent overall.
daniele (5182) - ITALY - FEB 14, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
nice amber good head medium persistence resinous hoppy nutty caramel malt hint of pepper medium body good dryness intense hoppy
Ambrato carico caramello buona schiuma discreta persistenza ol naso piutttosto maltato nocciola quasi un barley wine poi resine ed amaro intenso
after4ever (6062) - Brier, Washington, USA - OCT 28, 2013
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
16-oz. Thanks, K! Pours a murky rubied dark amber with a scant little white head. Big burly overly sweet boozy ethanol nose. Some sweet sugary underattenuated rye malt in there as well. Heavy thick body. Sluggish carb. Sugary sweet heavy caramel and slippery malt sugar mid palate. Long cloying heavy grain finish.
marcus (6320) - Sacramento, California, USA - SEP 2, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Total Wine, Sacramento. Pours amber with a sporadic beige head and a toffee aroma. There is a full-bodied caramel malt flavor with a dash of rye bitterness. Actually quite sweet for a rye beer, probably due to brown sugar. 130 IBUs are well-hidden, as is the alcohol.
bhensonb (10702) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 17, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber from Total Wine in Sacramento, CA. Pours hazy orange with a slight creamy beige head. Aroma is boozy, citrus, pine, maybe rye. Full bodied. It’s brown sugar, lots of hop, detectable rye spice. It’s a fairly well balanced barley wine to me. Despite the boozy aroma, there’s little if any heat. There’s a sensation - could be hop, or rye spice, or alcohol or a combo. Very nice drink.
bb (6784) - Alamo, California, USA - JUN 30, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Rich amber beer with a cream head. Grapefruit and caramel aroma with earthiness. Grapefruit and caramel flavor with light spice and earth. Fuller bodied. Grapefruit and caramel linger with light spice and earthiness.
riversideAK (5574) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JUN 22, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big sweet and spicy rye nose. Spicy hops peppery alcohol some danky notes a little oxidized. Brown sugary notes more like rye barley wine. Amber pour hazy creamy tan head. Flavor a of spicy rye creamy brown sugar fruity sweet residual sugars peppery notes lingering sweet ale yeast sweetness. Big bodied spicy peppery alcohol. Interesting.
popery (1351) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 2, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
500 ml bottle. Pours a nice warm red-tinged amber color. Cloudy, lots of sediment towards the bottom of the bottle. Medium light khaki head. Creamy. Good retention and lacing. Lots of hops and rye in the aroma. Hops are a mix of pine resin, grapefruit and pineapple with a little bit of blackberry and wildflower. Big caramel note. Lots of spicy, doughy rye flavor. Taste is fairly sweet. Lots of caramel and rye. Big piney hops. Good dose of bitterness but not overbearing. Some booze. It’s a bit much but for a 11.5% DIPA/ASA, I’m not going to criticize too much. Finish is floral, bitter and sweet with caramel. Lingering pine flavor. Mouthfeel is thick and a bit low on carbonation. Good beer, but it still suffers from the common flaws of big (>10% abv) hoppy beers.
hopdog (8773) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 29, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml bottle. Poured an amber color with an off white head. Citrus, some caramel, and I was getting some tropical fruitiness. Overall the 11.5% was well hidden.