axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 11, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 2, 2005 WCC2-Poured a deep ruby red color with a creamy off-white head. Sweet fruity nose. Peaches, raisins, plums, and carmel flavors with a little hop thrown in. Dry finish
nolankowal (937) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 20, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle RBSG 07. Orange pour with a short light tan head. Aroma of bright earthy hops and toasted malt. Flavors of caramel malt, spices , citrus, pine and some fruit elements. Medium/thick body bittersweet, with a bittersweet finish.
edden (925) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 4, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12/2/05: On Tap, Bowie.
Hoppy aroma. Brown with a subtle red tint, accompanied with a light tan head. Body is creamy with clinging lace left on glass. Large hoppy fir tree taste. Warming and tasty. Bitter finish. Definitely dry-hopped.
arone12 (924) - Maryland, USA - OCT 11, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 11, 2010 2006 draught at arundel mills duclaw. Pours a red color with a nice foamy off white head. Smells delicious. I smell hops, some sugar and some caramel. Taste is yummy in my tummy. I get a bunch of sweetness with hops racing after it. One of my favorite duclaw beers. Mmmm 11/11/10 had this beer on draught. Sweet taste with some alcohol in the taste. Guy behinding me is smoking and is smells horrible. Canít smell or taste anything.
wavers1 (915) - Notown, California, USA - MAR 18, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz coutrtesy of tarheels, thanks for this want list goodie! pours a deep mahogony hued amber with a slow rising off white head from the obviously viscous body. the aroma and flavor are good, nice and earthy, sweet but has some spice to it upfront. nothing special or off the wall, just a solid brew. wouldnít mind trying this with a couple years on it.
KUEric (904) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 22, 2006
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On taP in Baltimore: Too sweet! Brown Sugary, malty, caramel, toffee, maple syrup, are among just a few of the many sweet and too sweet flavors. I will say with all of the sweet flavors it could very easily get some one in trouble with its 12% abv. Of course I couldnít get past the overbearing sweetness. Not any semblance of balance. It looks nice enough.
jflopsu (886) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 24, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark rust orange with white head. Has a faint aroma of light fruits, hops, and alcohol. A nice unique mix of flavors with light fruit, malts, hops, coffee, and dark alcohol. Heavy body. Finishes with a dry and malty taste.
hellomynameis (876) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - JUL 7, 2007
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Very sweet overall, even in the aroma. Some toasted flavors and a bit of bitterness are hidden in the flavor. Overall, however, itís pretty damn sweet and is kind of a mess, though it still is tasty.
ordybill (829) - Douglasville, Georgia, USA - FEB 24, 2015
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from the tap in Chester, VA.
Aroma- Has a nice malt, hops, barley and some fruit essence tossed in.
Appearance- A reddish copper color with a small tan head.
Taste- Has a sweet opening that brings along the barley and hops for the finish. Not bad
Palate- A heavy bodied brew with light carbonation. Has a great texture that is thick to creamy.
Overall- I enjoyed this beer, I would buy it the next time I see it on tap.
ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - DEC 30, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a semi-hazy orange color. The head on this is pretty solid: one finger high, pale yellow shade, good texture, and decent retention. Its smoothness suggests it isnít hopped to high heaven. Plenty of sticky, thick-looking lacing is left on the glass.
S: This has a particularly nutty smell, which seems to be assisted by its piny, floral hop notes. Let it warm up a bit, and the aforementioned piny, floral aroma really comes to the forefront. Let it warm up even more, and the malts return better than ever, bringing slight touches of dark fruit, candy, and even chocolate (!) on occasion. The aroma has some promise, especially for a brewery that doesnít usually pull off hoppy brews well.
T: Its initial flavor is fairly hoppy, bringing primarily a floral quality. These hop notes are supplanted with notes of nuts, dark fruits, and occasional chocolate. The finishing booze is prevalent, but not particularly harsh - in fact, its tart, fruity flavor (continuing where the malts left off) helps give it a bit of depth instead of come off as pure vodka. While itís not the boldest of barleywines, I like it as a more easygoing alternative.
M: It isnít that heavy feeling. It has enough carbonation. Itís even faintly crisp. Translation: this beer is dangerous as fuck. Sure, you taste - and occasionally feel - the alcohol, but its integration means youíre noticing the actual flavor instead of wincing from the booze. The finish is sweet, but who cares? This is a 10.6% barleywine - that doesnít come across like 10.6% at all.
O: Iím semi-impressed. Half the time I forget about DuClaw as a local option, and when I do remember them, I usually go ímehí and get something else. But every once in a while, I come to the realization that they can make some really good beer on occasion (X-1 springs instantly to mind.) And honestly, this IS really good - it brings all the good traits of a barleywine while leaving many of qualities I donít like on the back burner. Iíd reckon this is their best beer that comes in 6-packs.
Now, if only DuClaw could brew X-1 again...