wavers1 (910) - 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 (888) - 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.
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.
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...
jflopsu (767) - 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.
HOPSHUNTER (742) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 21, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler courtesy of IBrew2or3. First of all it was served way too cold. Poured dark amber with a creamy tan head. Nose is vinous and port like with big citric hop notes and touches of caramel and chocolate. Body is very thin with soft carbonation. Flavor is citric hops and dark fruit notes atop a sweet caramel malt base. Finishes with slight warming alcohol. Thanks Dave!
Bricks (700) - Delaware, USA - NOV 26, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Quite a bit of hops in the taste, along with bourbon-like/oak taste taking over. Reminded slightly of Arrogant Bastard. A little overrated IMO.
aobecksy (700) - Middle of no where, Ohio, USA - JUL 1, 2007
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
RBSG 07 red body with little head and no lacing smells like a milky way. Texture was distracting in its oiliness. Sharpe in the finish.
hoosiers1994 (684) - Maryland, USA - OCT 15, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle with a year of age, pours a nice caramel color with thin off white head and lots of lacing. Aromas are alcohol, dark fruit and pine. Taste is hot from the alcohol, caramel malts, raisins, and a nice hoppy finish. Overall, a very good American barleywine.
Maxbier (651) - Maryland, USA - NOV 12, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler from Red Clarksville. Medium brown pour with thin off white/tan head. Dank hop aroma (good start). Taste starts out bitter hop and sticky toffee malt. Strong alcohol presence (as a barley should have). Could drink this all night if it would put me to sleep.