67F100 (32) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 3, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Got it on tap at Brasserie Jo in Chicago after being told only three restaurants in town had it. Deep orange-amber color with a thin tan head. Fairly sweet aroma with some hints of dried fruit, almost a bakery smell due to the brown sugar. The sweetness continues to the flavor, with a bit of an alcoholy kick at the end. Enjoyable with a meal, but I wouldn’t drink this by itself, particularly when parched. More of a sipping beer.
JohnnyJ (4628) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 30, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2007 Not great for a barley wine. It has a strange sweet flavor, probably from the brown sugar, and a definite hoppy bitterness. Flavors are kind of fruity with caramel.
Chucks66 (85) - Beachwood, Ohio, USA - DEC 29, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Orange color with whitre head, aroma of hops and booze, medium creamy body, warm alcohol notes, sweetness, cotton candy, very warm.
WeeHeavySD (3359) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - DEC 29, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle. Pours a deep reddish amber with a small disapating tan head. Sugarey sweet nose with hints of dried fruit. The sugar comes through in the taste and sits nicely on the tongue. It is not the best BW I’ve had but its decent, the hops on the front end are little off putting and the throat burn is also a little rough.
jrob21 (2706) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 27, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Orangish, amber color with a nice dissipating white head. Musty, leather aroma. Taste is sweet and hoppy as you would expect. Slightly alcoholic with flavors of plum. Sugary sweetness coats your mouth and lasts long after that final swallow. Very enjoyable and easy to drink barley wine.
realale420 (399) - west covina, California, USA - DEC 21, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle poured a clear amber color with a tiny head. The aroma had a fruity sweetness with loads of caramel malts and a touch of brown sugar. The taste was too sweet with not much hop presants and just a touch of alcohol. Overall not my fav. beer from Lagunitas.
Dogbrick (8813) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 20, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Murky brown-amber pour with a thin and foamy off-white head. Thin spotty lacing as well. The aroma is sharply hoppy with sweet fruit and molasses coming through more as it warms. The labeling on this one really threw me off as I was expecting more of a sweet brown ale. Once my taste buds told me it was actually a Barley Wine I was able to recover. Very hoppy on the front end, along with some peppery alcohol. The flavor mellows a bit as malt and fruits start to seep in. The finish is round and fruity with an alcohol burn leftover. Above average, and kind of unique to boot.
Blackbarrel (116) - new york, New York, USA - DEC 19, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bright color. Whipped cream-like head that does not dissipate. Lots of pine here, caramel. sour in the best way. A loud rough beer, as it should be.
ABUSEDGOAT (2416) - California, USA - DEC 19, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Copper with a moderate head, average lacing. Aroma is grapefruity and piney hops with caramel and a hint of brown sugar. Flavor is all of this, raw with alcohol burn. Enjoyable, but probably needs a little more time to sit.
Juelze (1140) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 17, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a rusty color. Smells is citrus hops, caramel malt, and a bit of molasses. Taste is terrific with a nice balance of piney-citrus hops with the caramel backbone. Very smooth with being 9.9%abv. I’m very glad I picked this up.