rhapsouldize (174) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 11, 2005
2.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Tap at Kclinger’s publik house in Etters, PA. Pours a tawny amber--resembles an I.P.A. or a pale ale. Small off-white head. Hoppy, caramelly aroma. Medium-bodied. Very sweet and fruity flavor. Not very drinkable.
wnp22 (685) - Toronto (Roncesvalles Village), Ontario, CANADA - MAR 11, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tasted in Los Angeles. Obtained from a store in Berkeley. Appearance is a light brown / orange colour. Little or no head was present during the ceremonial pouring. Aroma has notes of syrup, malt, yeast/bread, corn biscuit and alcohol. Flavour is intense and almost hilbert space n-dimensional. Begins sweet, as per the label. However, it transmutes into an absolute avalanche of despair, but in a good way. The flavours apparent in this beer meld in an intricate dance of destruction. Slightly sour initial taste (potentially, as notably documented by the rating precursors) possibly as noted grapefruit, but this is not a a unity decision. The binding of sweetness and richness to balanced hoppiness and tartness is truly close to masterful. This beer is subtle, malign and ambiguos. Almost desctuctive and abnormal. Hmm....
Sancho (245) - Da Bronx, New York, USA - MAR 9, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle . this has a sweet hop aroma. amber bronze color, nice malty cookie taste but its got the hops there too. really good balance kinda sticky body still the Alcohol is barely noitceable
skaughty (627) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAR 9, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Honey sweetness in the aroma. Brown Shugga is a spot-on designation. Flavor is a tug-of-war between the traditional and california barley wines. Linger of cheap liquor.
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAR 7, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pretty sweet aroma…brown sugar!!! Nice hops too! Thin brown-orange body. Very sweet with some great finishing hops. A little too acidic in the finish though. Medium full body, creamy texture, lively carbonation. The bottom line is: A nice sweet sipper. Thanks Scott!
Hawksfan17 (890) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 1, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Smells nice and sweet, pours brown with nice head on it with red hue. Tastes sweet and is well balanced to hide the bitterness. Gets hard to drink because of the alcohol but before that is smooth.
eve (240) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - FEB 25, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Ordered this for a friend (but had to have some myself) who "doesn’t like bitter beer." This has substantial hops behind all that brown-sugar-y sweetness to keep it from being too cloying. Moist dried fruits, maple, caramel malt, I’d like it better if that tiny hint of smoke was more pronounced to balance the shugga....
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - FEB 24, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours brown and settles brown with red tones beneath a nice off white head which was absent at first, but quickly grew with the active carbonation. The aroma is malty; a sweet carmel malt and some hints of nice roasted aroma. Very nice flavor from the malty base with some noticable bitterness and sweetness at the same time. There seems to be some pine/spruce hop flavor that acts as a great ballancer to all the malt, which by the way, is also a sweet carmel malt with some sugary flavors. Nice beer.
Kasteelfreak (341) - Fallbrook, California, USA - FEB 24, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 20, 2005 Pretty darn good. I didn’t know this was bottle conditioned. First I poured about a half bottle into my glass which was clear. When I poured the rest I saw all the sediment. To me this is a caramel style barley wine. There’s a little fig to it, but not much. It has a nice bronze color to it with a nice retaining head. Aroma has sweet malt, alcohol, and a little acidity to it. Medium body with hoppy sweet finish. Very well balanced with just a little alcohol bite at the end.
BrockLanders (760) - Panama City, Florida, USA - FEB 21, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a clear copper with small beige head. Aroma is all about sweet malts, grapefruit, alcohol. Taste is medium sweet, earthy/grapefruit, some caramel, finishing with a nice grapefruit and alcohol burn. Full bodied and syrupy. The flavor is both sweet yet is more hoppy than the nose hinted. The finish is bitter sweet, hops doing their job. Yum. Thanks Cornboy.