Rustyham (1685) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - FEB 22, 2010
2.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
headless and rather light for a barkey wine, cloudy red color. Sugary sweet malt flavor. Lame dirt flavor. Bottle from Smith4498
smith4498 (2793) - Miami, Florida, USA - FEB 21, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from a trade with cbkschubert. Pours cloudy dark reddish brown color with tan head. Aromas of molasses and dark fruits. Big sweet flavors of caramel, molasses, raisins and figs. Alcohol is well hidden. The best beer I have ever had from Mexico. Medium to full body with moderate carbonation. Thanks Craig.
nickd717 (3400) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 19, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by someone at the Bruery Reserve Society Initiation. Pours a mostly clear orangish-amber color with a decent off-white head. Aroma is caramel malt, wood, dark fruits, and faded hops. Flavor is pretty solid with caramel, toffee, vanilla, fruity notes, mild sherry oxidation, wood, and citrusy hops. Medium body for the style with some booze and a some slight hop oils. Maybe the best Mexican beer I’ve had, not that that is saying too much.
Nekronos (3359) - Xalapa, MEXICO - JAN 2, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Finally got it. NOt as big as I thought, got me really pissed but happy. It was sweet and strong at the same time.
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - DEC 30, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by alexanderj. A bit clear in appearance for a barleywine. Aroma is slightly aged malt, caramel vanilla and toast. The flavor is the same, subdued hops and nice sweetness.
KimJohansen (10341) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - DEC 13, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy amber with a beige head. Aroma was sweet with toasted malt, caramel and hoppy notes. Flavour was sweet with toasted malt, caramel grapefruit and hoppy notes. Finished bitter.
Ratman197 (8489) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - DEC 7, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml bottle poured a clear dark reddish brown with a small lasting amber head. Aromas of smoke, toffee, raisin and plum. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of carmel, toffee, raisin, plum and light smoke with a smooth dry malty finish.
Gypsy19 (726) - California, USA - DEC 5, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml, $9.49, from the Davis Co-Op. Pours a deep ruby amber with a medium-sized yellow-tan head. Looks absolutely stunning, perfect for the style, even better than my beloved Old Stock dare I say. Aroma is pretty straightforward; dark malts, honey, brown sugar, unprocessed barley. Pleasant aroma, simply. Ooh, a definte malt bomb flavor-wise, slightly sweet, good hop counterpoint which waited until the last minute to present itself. Pretty smoky flavor too (only slightly meaty is the smokiness), grassy finish. Alcohol is present but relatively subtle. Gooey body, sticky finish no less. Easily the best Mexican beer I or anyone else have ever had. Which isn’t saying much, of course, but it’s really nice to see a decent beer coming from Mexico at this point in history nevertheless. A very nice example of the style. Overall, very good to excellent.
DuffMan (5795) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 25, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at The Big Pour beerfest in Scottsdale AZ, after somehow sneaking/stumbling into the VIP area. My first Mexican barley wine! Deep red-orange colour, rich aromas of sherry, vanilla, cedar, and sweet stewed fruits. Sweet toffee malt flavours, with cherry and raisin fruit, vanilla, and a hint of smoke. I was really happy with this one!
fonefan (31813) - VestJylland, DENMARK - NOV 24, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear medium amber color with virtually none head. Aroma is moderate malty, caramel, fruity, smoke - rubber notes. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and moderate bitter with a average to long duration, smoke - rubber notes. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.