GT2 (8184) - San Diego County, California, USA - DEC 8, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at H24, Pugafest 2013. Got a dreg pour on tap, but will probably try to nab a bottle of this at some point since Iím a new convert to Hammerhead. All sediment yeast pour, still nice head. Nose still comes through with excellent caramel and toffee blonde dessert. Taste is big cookie, fudge blondie, white chocolate. Rich body. Good hop balance. Fantastic.
Bacterial (1398) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - NOV 22, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Slightly cloudy pour - slightly hoppy with lots of bourbon in the nose. Quite nice.
rxeight (1193) - Illinois, USA - NOV 10, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample at fauxbab, thanks BG. Amber pour. I got a lot of english malts, carmel, toffee, vanill and oak. Didnt get any bourbon, however i did have quite a few ba beers.
egajdzis (5254) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 4, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Murky red brown color with a small, off white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of dark fruits, caramel, sherry, vanilla, bourbon, and alcohol. Taste of chewy dark fruits, big caramel malts, vanilla, fruit, some oxidation, and bourbony alcohol I the finish.
Damico (2452) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 24, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours cloudy amber with a smaller gray head. Aroma is thick sweet candy malts. Body is huge with big flavors of candy boozy malts, but not big heat.
BEENJAMIN (290) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 21, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured a murky reddish brown with a creamy tan head. Big and burly with a lot of layered woodsy vanilla, toffee, with some booze on the finish. I enjoyed this beer.
jbeatty (1014) - New York, USA - OCT 13, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, 10/11/2013. Deep brown pour, earthy, nearly maroon, frothy head dies to crema on the surface, thick lacing left behind. Aroma is rich, dark fruity maltiness, toffee fudge with mild hoppy edge, soft vanilla and round bourbon finish. Taste is caramel, toffee, chocolate with mild bitter roast, piney hops, bourbon finish with touch of vanilla. Thick, round body, bit of heat though pretty mellow for nearly 14%. Not overly complex, but solid.
badlizard (5539) - Berkeley, California, USA - SEP 22, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Cloudy medium brown with almost no head. Earthy molasses, cereal grain, and bourbon aroma and taste with a bitter woody finish. Thick sticky palate.
5000 (6184) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - AUG 11, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle Deep caramel, moderate foamy beige head, nice lacing.   Moderate toffee/caramel on the nose.   Smells very green.   By green I mean a bit biting, not too smooth, needs to be sweeter.   Lets see how it is on
the tongue.   Yup, its a bit green on the tongue.   Has a definite caramel/toffee aspect, but its not as sweet as it should be.   Very much an American style Barley Wine in that it has this bitter hop aspect without the sweet
caramel background like its English cousin.   Perhaps I am drinking this one too early.   I have a hard time with Barley Wines like this, very green on the nose and on the tongue, despite the aging and price!   The barrel
aging is minor in my opinion.   When I drink this I think to myself, HOLY PISS is this beer green!   It seems this one needs to mellow out a bit.   The sweetness hasnít caught up to its youthful charm (if you can call it
that).   Each time I sip this I just recoil with my mouth, sucking in any sort of air or sweetness I can gather around me.   Perhaps its the American Barley Wine way to have such a beer that exhibits such characteristics, a
unsweetened caramel/toffee forefront, a biting immature hop background, and an astringent malty body.   I dunno, I really wanted to like this one, but its so rough around every god damn edge that I wonder... who can drink this with a
straight face and think... OH, this is sooooo goood.   For f*ck sakes, this one needs to be put down for at least a year to see what it will do.   As is, its a friggen green American Barley Wine nightmare!   It has
some shadows of greatness, but its so damn infant that to really give it any credibility now is just foolish.   Wait a year before tackling this beast.   I will sum it up as... UGH.... Makes me love our local Fremont
Bourbon Barrel Old Brider Rider ooooohhh so much more.
CanIHave4Beers (3142) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - AUG 7, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a deep red color with a good head and nice lacing on the glass.
The aroma is pungent with piney hops, toffee, caramel & cooked fruit, there is a fair amount of booziness in the aroma as well.
The flavor is layers of rich caramel malt, itís also very nutty. There is some nice vanilla going on, itís a sweet beer thatís not cloying with a light bitterenss and some leafy hop character. Everything in this works pretty harmoniously, just wow.