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!
jflopsu (704) - 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.
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.
Bricks (662) - 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.
wickedpete (634) - Lexington Park, Maryland, USA - NOV 25, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Still, whiskey-like amber with only a hint of bubbles rising to the surface. Aroma is sweet with noticeable hops and some alcohol. The flavor is strongly sweet like candy with a substantial presence of hops in the front and finish. The alcohol is hidden well overall. The palate could use a little more carbonation but for the most part this beer is the best Iíve had from Duclaw yet.
jeffin7 (613) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - APR 26, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma of caramel, alcohol, dark fruit. Flavor of piney and spicy hops, caramel, molasses. It has nice long finish. Thans to scraff for bringing this to When Continents collide 2.
Miver (609) - Silver Spring, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 27, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft at Fellís Point and then Bel Air in the same day. Donít ask. :) Poured Amber in color with small off white head. Taste is well balanced with Raison tones. Hints a caramel as well. It hides the alcohol remarkably well.
StFun (567) - Indiana, USA - JAN 31, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to GMCC2181 for sending this my way. Told him I would rate it...so hereís to me keeping my word! From notes: Pours a big deep orange color with some red hues. Big frothy slightly off white heads with lots of lacing. Aroma is nice, full of big and bold hops. A big punch of citrus and flowers, with a nice caramel malt backbone. Slight hint of yeast as well. Flavor is bitter and sweet at once, and finishes thick and creamy on the palate. Everything about this brew is big, bold, and full of hops. The alcohol warms, but isnít overly boozy. This one was just splendid. Thanks Gabe!
Skeegle (566) - Maryland, USA - DEC 3, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 17, 2007 I wanted to like this more than I did. It was just way too hoppy. Even after it warmed it just didnít have the sweetness and complexity that greatness needs. It is by no means a bad barely wine, it just lacks a fruity complexity to go with the hop bite. In a blind taste test I would mistake this for a double IPA.