JoshuaB (474) - Detroit, Michigan, USA - NOV 9, 2006
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Amber, clear and filtered looking. Weak in aroma, maybe some yeast and spice. Taste is also weak, however typical of Lagunitas. Has a sour and sweet twang. Not very appetizing
dwyerpg (4637) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - NOV 6, 2006
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Has that nice barleywine molasses aroma. Extremely sweet and sugary; almost too much. Nothing bad about this really.
cheap (4202) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 5, 2006
0.7 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 2/20
UPDATED: JUN 25, 2011 So, I bought this because it said brown shugga. Smells like yer typical beer. Pours like a yuengling original-same color. However, it has a very bitter offensive flavor with no brown sugar flavor at all. If you like IPA or imperial/foreign stout, you better try this. Otherwise, a lasting bitter finish that is hard to forget. Will not buy again. Reminds me of McEwans scotch ale.
edden (926) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 4, 2006
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Orange-brown body. Nose of citrus hops. Flavor is malty and hoppy (brown sugaí with a touch of citrus). Notes of orange peel. Slight bitter finish.
wxman (1472) - OíFallon, Illinois, USA - NOV 4, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a clear reddish amber with a decent pale tan head. Aroma of sliced honeydew melon and a little spice. Taste is accertively sweet malt and hops simultaneously. More mapley than brown sugar (though Iím sure they called it that because they just liked the sound of it). Well balanced for as busy as it is. Alcohol only slightly present. Very good effort - - for a "mistake"!
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 2, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear amber with a fluffy, beige head. Subtle nose of sweet caramel, brown sugar, light orange, raisins, whole grains, maybe some rye-ish spiciness, oily nuts, molasses and even some light marshmallow. The body is big and slick with an almost sticky, oily texture and very little carbonation. The flavor definitely shows off the malts and is extremely sweet. I wonder about the calories in this bad body because of all the residual sugars that never got fermented. There is some grapefruity-type hop bitterness near the finish, but it canít counteract the intense sweetness. The best aspect of this beer is the how well theyíve hidden the 10% ABV, at least to my senses. The sweet, malty Barley Wine is nice, especially in the US, where we continue to expect massive hopbombs. That said, this is not going to compete for space in my fridge on a regular basis.
vyvvy (4131) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - NOV 1, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours clear bronze with a moderate sized tan head. The aroma has sweet malt that has a brown sugar taste as the name states. Ther eis some spice and caramel as well. Very rich full aroma. Full bodied beer with soft carbonation. The taste is sweet, sugary and cloying. Starts with syrupy alcohol warmth, brown sugar sweetness, honey and honeysuckle come through - all malty sweetness. The finish has a hint of hops, not much though. If you like sweet malty barleywines this will be fantastic. This is not as much my type of thing, but it is quite good for what it is.
seandwyer (10) - USA - OCT 27, 2006
4.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Beautiful. Intense. Wow. Iím just looking for adjectives. Thisis a great beer. Pours great. Smells great. Tastes above and beyond. If youíre stouted out turn to this barley wine. Youíll be pleased.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 27, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear bright copper color with a thin lid of tan bubbles and a few rings of lace. Grapefruit and brown sugar along with lightly caramelized simple sugar aromas. Hints of pale malt and alcohol have a mild backdrop in the nose. LIght berries and malt burst on the palate. A rather sharp turn in the middle, with a citric and spicy bite. Caramel and malt come back in the finish, with a spicy alcohol bite in the linger. An entertaining brew. Itís odd, I had one as the first beer of the night and really enjoyed it, came back later and found it less than the joy I had had before, and now rating, I am somewhere in the middle. That probably a good thing. A barley wine with a mild hop attitude. Quite smooth and even seems slightly boring at times. Alcohol in the finish really comes out more as it warms. A decent winter warmer.
rajendra82 (959) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - OCT 26, 2006
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 30, 2006 The beer poured out orange amber in color, with a remarkable clarity. The head was very minimal in size, but a slow and steady stream of carbonation kept in alive for a while. The handsome looks were quite nice, but the smell was simply outstanding. Sweet, citric, and soft, the nose only gave a slightest hint of the hidden potency in the form of rose oil like fusels.
The taste was quite bitter which came as a surprise to me. The hops were herbal an assertive, and the fusel alcohols carried them right to the throat. This made the beer taste quite dry and reminded me of scalded milk. The sweetness was there underlying the hops, but the appearance of it was only fleeting.
The mouthfeel was light and drinkability high. This is quite a feat considering the strength. I do see a promise of improvement here with some aging, although I am not sure this will hold up for the really long haul.