Drew (2413) - Kent, Ohio, USA - MAY 11, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Maybe itís the name, but yeah, it did have a hint of brown sugar up front - even maybe a little cinamon mixed in with the spicy hops. At first the sweet malts were big and thick, but with every taste, the grapefruit/spice hops gained power - very good, thanks Ernie
leon919 (10) - San Jose, California, USA - MAY 8, 2004
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
A little too bitter for my taste, and the taste doesnít get any better as it sits on the tongue. Nice pour and color but the aroma is a little flat
Ernest (5627) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 13, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2005 Head is initially average sized, frothy, off-white, mostly lasting. Body is clear dark amber. Aroma is moderately malty (toasted bread, cookie, caramel), moderately hoppy (resin), lightly yeasty (dough), with a note of alcohol. Flavor is heavily sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Finish is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, heavily bitter. Full body, creamy texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic. As with other Lagunitas brews, they definitely keep things balanced...this is certainly hoppy in the varieties I donít like, but thereís a truckload of malt in here to smooth that out. Good, but the aroma is fairly simple and not terribly sexy to me.
Aubrey (3347) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - APR 10, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cloudy and apple-colored; nice and creamy head. Sugary-sweet nose. Soft, thick and heavy mouthfeel with a light carbonation. Sweet up front (brown sugar), but the sweetness seemed to fade fast behind a drying bitterness. Warming alcohol notes. Biting hops, with notes of pine and grass. Had a peppery sharpness that turned into a big bitterness. Hint of sourness, too. Interesting rascal.
dahatherley (35) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 6, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap @ Cato's. Reddish brown body. Sweet toasty malts with a tangy syrupy finish that tingles the tongue. Nice barleywine. The alcohol is well masked in the flavor, but you might have trouble standing after you sample one of these.
Perkeo (321) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 3, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Copper to amber appearance, not much holding the light back, pretty clear. Cinnamon, clove and over ripe citrus aromas, with a plummy spiciness on the palate, smooth but with an alcohol sting in the tail. Spicy(white pepper) aftertaste with some brown ale roastiness that lingers. Nice night cap...
22ozBicepCurls (2) - Bend, Oregon, USA - MAR 25, 2004 does not count
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
The warmer this beer gets, the more flavorful it becomes...some batches have not been as good in the past though.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 13, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This brew pours with a deep amber-brown body topped by a thick off-white head with lots of lacing. The aroma is sweet, sugary and malty with notes of caramel and a slight nuttiness. The flavor is oddly bitter and piney with a very slight sweet maltiness and a touch of caramel. Medium to full bodied and oily yet slightly dry.
wilkie (1209) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAR 8, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Brown with nearly creamy whitehead, see through, with nice retention and lacing. Aroma is sweet, malty and slightly hoppy. Flavor is sweet (I can really taste the brown sugar). Alcohol is there, but not as strong as I would have thought. Hops are prevalent in the middle and has alcohol in aftertaste. Good, but not quite good enough to get over a 4.
igneous1 (1467) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - FEB 20, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
acquired from cquiroga....color is deep bronze, head is almond color, but not bad. aroma is malt and alcohol. flavor is pretty sweet and big on the alcohol. some toffee and hops, not hoppy enough for me, but still tasty. thanks cquiroga!