tmoreau (3133) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - JAN 16, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap and snifter served at Lunar Brewing Co., displaying a clear, ruby highlighted, mahogany hue, a modest layer off white/cream colored head foam that diminished rather quickly to a thin ring & film, and left etched-like rings & spots of lacing on the glass. The aroma was initially on the mild side, but some mellow esters, light spice, resin, and light caramelly sweetness gradually showed through as it warmed. With a medium to full body, some wine-like hints, a light syrupy nature to the mouthfeel, and soft carbonation, alcohol warmth was strong, but not overpowering. More of a British styled Barleywine, which I currently find more appealing.
Thisis12ptfont (1018) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - JAN 14, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aromas of yeast, biscuit and resin. Bright golden color with a medium white foam. Slightly plain flavors of raisin, dates biscuit and caramel. Overall, not very complex. Very basic. Iíd give this a C+ rating.
bb (7754) - Alamo, California, USA - JAN 7, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Copper beerw ith a dark cream head. malt and light spice aroma with light grapefruit. Malt and spice flavor with pine and grapefruit. Medium-plus bodied. Malt and grapefruit linger with spice, light pine, light caramel, and some light yeastiness.
mrhoppy (1289) - Santa Clara, California, USA - JAN 6, 2013
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Yes it is pretty offensive at the start. Like the label says " cellar it to mellow it" But that sucks because this is 2012 Christmas beer and I donít want to drink it in 2014. I love the smell of a Christmas tree but I never wanted to eat one! Out the gate it tastes like they threw a Christmas tree in the brew kettle. Nice orange color. Aroma is evergreen hops and alcohol. Has a hard liquor feel to it. Flavor? Can you say Juniperberry! More Juniperberry. Finishes with Juniperberry hops. Now if they would have barrel aged this from the start this really would have been complete. More like an American strong. Harsh bitter tree sap. Better as it warms. There is good here but only time will tell. Will I buy another beer to find out? Maybe.
marcus (7990) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 31, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 from Total Wine, Sacramento. Pours cloudy copper with a thin beige head and a fruit and toffee aroma. There is a thick malt flavor that starts sweet, but quickly turns bitter with a somewhat astringent finish and a warm alcohol trail. Probably needs to age for a couple years to mellow out.
drjay44 (3085) - Salida, Colorado, USA - DEC 28, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml. bottle. Pours a medium, well retained, ivory head, with some lacing, over a clear, copper amber (SRM 15) body.....nose is heavy resin, citrus peel, treacle.....taste is treacle, raisin, plum, fig, hints of date, leading to resin, grapefruit peel, ending with a lingering moderate bitterness....mouth feel medium, slightly sticky, alcohol warmth present, carbonation makes a creamy mouthful. This is obviously a young American Barley Wine, where some of the aggressive hops are still a bit green tasting, not unpleasant, just havenít reached full maturity. The balance, twixt malt and hop, is very nice, and as this ages it will evolve greatly. The fifth ingredient in Barley Wines is time. I need to cellar some. BJCP 8/3/14/4/7
beerbaaron (1815) - Arizona, USA - DEC 26, 2012
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Dark red. Light soapy head. Aroma of hops, pine, fruit which are all identifiable in the flavor. Smooth, not cloying. Slight dry finish. Complex interesting flavor. Really good beer.
bpr77 (264) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - DEC 25, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours amber - light brown . Aroma is piney and citrus hops, dark sugar aromas, and malty cereal. Taste is surprising for a "barleywine" lighter in body and quite drinkable. Toffee flavors The hops really balance this one out too. Nicely done beer
dwyerpg (4918) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - DEC 25, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I just didnít find this that good. Sweet but in that English strong way. Had a hard time finishing this one.
Ratman197 (11748) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - DEC 23, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Hops and Pie poured a clear reddish amber with a small lingering amber head. Aromas of toffee, plum, carmel, orange zest and pine. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of carmel plum, toffee and citrus with a smooth dry moderatly bitter lingering fruity finish.