ThisWangsChung (836) - 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...
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!
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.
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.
HourGlass13 (609) - North Carolina, USA - FEB 7, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours up a hazy copper, with a thin off white head, and spotty lacing. Aroma of hops, resin and pine, some malts and some fruit. Taste is sweet, malty, some fruit notes and a sharp bitterness towards the end. Pretty boozy. This heavy hard hitter will knock your knocker in the dirt. Its strong. Not for every day use!
Advocate_Ames (570) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 4, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark amber orange with a defined foam head. The aroma is of earthy evergreen and floral hops. I noticed scents of carmel, dates, a touch of mocha like notes, and a pleasant sweet malted grain scent. Tasting, I picked up on a medium sweetner like flavor. I noticed a crisp yet lightly toasted blend of chocolate and carmel malts. There was also a backdrop of raisins and pears that peaked through in the flavor. Overall this was a nicely done beverage. It had a great finish with a fine lingering bitterness that helped mask the booze bite. In the end it effected my palate but not harshly. Iíd recommend giving this brew a try, glad I picked up a 6pk.
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!