thebaldwizard (1205) - Ohio, USA - MAY 2, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle sent to me by Rustychiles. Shared at DLD hotel tasting. Brown body with a decent tan head. The nose was lots of caramel malt and an almost maple scent. A bit on the thin side with low carbonation--which is cool with me for this style. The flavor was sweet maple and caramel with a slight hop kick.
ajm (1065) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 9, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
CASK at Pap. They have bottles too. This is a beefy beer that takes no crap from your gringo ass. Its Machete in a bottle. Thick with chocolate, nearly burnt caramel, sweet smoke and white pepper. Alcohol balances the sweetness nicely, and the effect is like a brawl in a 200 year old bar with maplewood floors just happened on your tongue.
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - JAN 3, 2007
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Tap @ Liar’s Club. Wasn’t expecting much, but I was very suprised w/ this one. An excellent beer. Reminds me of Old Numbskull. Search out this beer.
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - JAN 5, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A barley wine from Mexico?? And it’s good? Believe it, it’s true. Totally nailed the style, as the aroma, appearance flavor and palate are all spot on. I expect great things from this brewery.
hapjydeuce (926) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 30, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Liar’s Club, dark mohogany color with no head, but lots of carbonation. Sweet aroma of molasses and dark malts. Flavor was nothing spectacular, a pretty standard barleywine with some caramel and good hop bite. Palate was weak, no lingering and not that chewy. Enjoyable, but I prefer Stone Old Guardian or a Behemoth to this.
Hopper (827) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - JAN 17, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 ml green bottle from Jimbowood. Pours a thick auburn brown with a decent looking head. The aroma has molasses, figs, plums, dark fruit skins, and a dash of chocolate. Full carbonation. The taste has a very tea like quality. In fact it smells like tea after I got that aspect from the taste. I have to admit this is probably the smoothest 10% ABV barleywine I have had. Just so smooth and easy drinking. I was a little impressed.
robertjm (762) - Albany, California, USA - APR 12, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Not much carbonation when popping the cap. Pours a light tan three fingered head. Murky brown umber body. Sweet aroma. Wonderfully malty sweetness with an alcoholic backbone. Reminds me a lot of that British barley wine with the devil on the label, whose name is escaping me right now. Bit of warming in the throat. Probably the best Mexican beer I’ve ever had!!
nightrider (754) - encinitas, California, USA - MAY 28, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at PP C-Bad.Pretty deep amber red with next to no head. Aroma of sweet malt . Very slippery on the palate with a little spice and hop along with the sugary malt. Not a lot of bitterness. Very nice to drink with a good finish. Bueno senor!
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.
ineedbeer (666) - Oakland, California, USA - MAR 13, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
From a bottle, likely 2011.
Aroma is fairly malty with a ton of caramel, toasted bread and toffee. Medium light honey and faint wet cardboard oxidation. No hop aroma. Medium raisin, sugar plums and prunes. Light alcohol spice. Faint hints of roast and treacle.
Pours a cloudy, burnt amber with some brown colorings and a thin, tan head that quickly receded leaving just a hint of bubbles on the edges. Light lacing and sheets of alcohol, not legs.
Flavor has a light sweetness with moderate malt character. Moderate caramel and toasted bread with lighter toffee notes. Faint roast and chocolate. Medium bitterness with no hop flavor. Medium light oxidation notes of wet cardboard. Light alcohol spice.
Mouthfeel is medium full bodied with medium low carbonation. Low astringency and medium low alcohol warmth.
Overall an interesting Mexican beer, and likely the most flavorful I have had. The oxidation helps round the beer but also detracts with the wet cardboard notes. Lots of nice malt complexity. Very clean beer.