MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - JAN 10, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is one nice refined American barley wine. The hops come out quickly in the nose right after some sugary sweet malt smell. Hints of caramel linger around the citrus towards the end. Fortunate for me, the hops do not bombard my mouth with bitterness. There is a nice strong malty backbone, a thick but not overbearing alcohol presence. Mouthfeel seems to be only a slight bit bitter and very viscous. Fills the mouth with its presence but goes away quickly. This would make for a nice regular strong ale.
Beaver (1292) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 9, 2006
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a reddish orange with a thin white head that quickly dissipates to a small collar.
The aroma is sweet brown sugar with pine, fruit and paint thinner-like alcohol.
The flavor is sweet sugary caramel malts initially with a metallic bitter alcoholic finish. Fruit and cola some out as it warms. The mouthfeel is medium and kind of watery.
Overall, I was not too impressed. The flavors did not balance well, rather harsh and raw and too sweet for my tastes. I didn’t much enjoy it.
fluids (364) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 9, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Small foam white foam with a beautiful copper color with Malty nose. Cross between a barley wine and an IPA. Nice blend with smoothness on the hops mellowed nicely with the brown sugar and malt. Nice price too Colonial Spirits in Acton for $4.00 and change.
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 8, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Special thanks to zug4abby for this great little extra. Typical barleywine aroma of fruity hops, malt, and a little bit of alcohol. Pours reddish brown, hazy, with a nice frothy head. Medium bodied. Flavor is hoppy with a nice balance of sweet caramel malt, with a note of.....brown sugar! What a shock. Finishes bitter and slightly peppery. The hops linger pleasantly at the back of the mouth. At $1.49 a bottle, this is a steal and good brew. Great bedtime beer that put my ass to sleep.
crzybob77 (530) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 6, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice brown color. I don’t think this needs to be a 92, but still quite good. Has a rich malty flavor.
outerupt (133) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 6, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Right off the bat, this is a strange one. A lovely pour and a nice rich amber colour offer a pleasant introduction. Nose of grapefruit and bread with a hint of glycerin. The flavor profile is all over the place, ranging from the obvious brown sugar and caramel to yeasty bread, saffron and grape juice. Not bad at all. Just different.
mreeves (275) - Sammamish, Washington, USA - JAN 5, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Doesn’t really seem like a barleywine to me. Sweet, molasses type of flavor. Could use more hops in my opinion. Dark red to brown color, minimal carbonation (I’d like more). A decent beer, and as usual for Lagunitas, well worth the price.
redave (165) - squaw valley, California, USA - JAN 4, 2006
3.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
An interesting beer, not what i expected. Big, nice hoppy residual taste, sweet up front, not really barley wine, but not really anything else. Not for the faint at heart, or for those unwilling to try something different.
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 4, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big and sweet. A nice dark copper colour with a yeasty brown sugar aroma. Dry slightly sweet finish witha light bitterness and some alcohol.
JK (4433) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - JAN 4, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Darkelf for this great barleywine. It has a pleasant combination of sweet malt, candy, and both bitter and fruity hops. Flavor reminds me of Old Boardhead, but not quite as good, and the dark brown, cloudy appearance makes it one of the best looking barleywines around. Crisp and a little sour; full flavored and full-bodied, a slow sipper. The sweet sugar is almost too much until the sourness shows itself and cuts down on the sugar.