flutetokill (523) - Fresno, California, USA - DEC 6, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is a beautiful beer. It has a deep glowing amber color with a small white head. Pretty strong hoppy grapefruit aroma with some sweet fruit and faint brown sugar. Very full, nicely balanced taste with strong citric hopps and brown sugar flavors. Very tingly on the tongue, with a fairly dry finish.
Slick (1971) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - DEC 3, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice brown/red color,small head that faded fast.Aroma was grapefruit nicely hopped and not at all what i was expecting from a barleywine.lots of fruit and hops with a few other aroma's that i just can't put a finger on either due to ignorance or due to the large amount of brews i've had in a short amount of time.Nice fruity taste with a decent hop presence and more flavors then this untalented pallate can handle.this is a unique and very wonderful brew to try i just wish i had bought a few more from L.S. to save and age for further trials but i am more then glad to have tried this one,and deem myself lucky to be one of the few to have tried this brew.
CaptainCougar (7107) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 3, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2006 Rerate 4/02/04: Aroma reminds me a lot of Bigfoot. Plenty of sweet caramel malt and fresh hops presence with a touch of light fruit. Very smooth and flavorful west-coast barleywine.
12/3/03: Fresh hoppy and caramel malt aroma with a touch of fruit as well. Body is sweet, lightly syrupy and well hopped. Semi-dry bitter aftertaste accented by floral hops. Definitely a west-coast barleywine, and a good one at that. Smooth and enjoyable. Thanks TChrome!
mixamatt (427) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 25, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sweet hoppy grapefruit peach aroma.Amber bronze appearance.Medium hoppy citrus up front followed by brown sugar sweetness with fruity apricot peach flavors.Grapefruit citrus zest finish.Smoother than most barley wines.
TChrome (1391) - Bedford, Texas, USA - NOV 22, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice aroma of malt and brown sugar. Appearance is good, amber brown with off white head and light lacing. Flavor is very nice, sweet but not overly so, and a nice hop presence to balance things out. Not the greatest barey wine, but quite good.
MrDick (324) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 12, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
During a cleanup last night of a bunch of crap on my computer desk, I found a scrap of torn paper with a number of beer ratings. And bonus - I actually had real numbers listed next to each beer. Must have been some drinking session at Joe's before he moved to Austin. So here's to brown shugga. Ver light taste hides the high abv of this smooth barley wine. Definite candy apple caramel flavor with hints of the shugga. Good balance and tasty. Lagunatis just shipped out a huge volume of this for the holidaze and I have a sixer in the fridge waiting...
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - OCT 18, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
the b.s. foamed into the glass and settled itself proudly in it's lightly hazed, irish-setter rust-orange grandeur. the head was retiring, a light poodle beige color, with jewels of lace in hurried descent down the glass. the first approach of the nose signals a classic n.w. hop bomb, but there's pekoe tea, peach, caramel aplenty, crayola crayons and honey made by bees addicted to hop pollen. alcohol component is pleasing, and along the lines of a gewurztraminer, but this is not as strong as most barley wines. flavor wise, if it were a dog, i thought it might have to be muzzled, biting fast and hard with sharp carbonation and hops. it became apparent it was more of a friendly love-bite tho, as yelps of grapefruit, more grapefruit, and snarls of toffee-basted waffles proved to be big dog playfulness and boisterousness instead of aggression. down boy. speak! gooooood boy. --thanks to jeff TAR for this sweet ol' dog.
microdyke (360) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 29, 2003
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A dark golden body and clear with a white head. Aroma is of grapefruit and hops. The flavor is very full and quite strong with hops. Warming to the stomach and a nice bitterness.
JorisPPattyn (7363) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - AUG 11, 2003
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thick yellowish head, creamy, fast dissipating. Amber-orange beer, and an unbelievable funky stuff floating around - Unidentified Floating Obscenities. Citrussy smell, but not much further nose. Nice hoppy (USA) taste, balanced by a full maltiness, developping some sweetness - nearly not as much as the name suggest. To make things better, there is a naturally tasting acidity to counterbalance the beer. Very full - sugar in the aftertaste, becoming quite dry. This doesn't start me liking Lagunitas - I liked them already. Here's more proof - but when I look at those UFO's, I wonder what sort o'brown shugga they added...
BBB63 (5423) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - AUG 5, 2003
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Brown hue with little head and minimum lace. Piney, caramel, nutty, brown sugar, cherry, and sweet pipe tobacco aroma. Wow, interesting sweet attack on taste buds. A floral taste with some hoppy finish. Minor Alcohol warmness and spicy notes detected too. Full-bodied, syrupy and yet fizzy mouthfeel. Do notice the alcohol in this beer. Just too sweet IMO, not fully balanced, disappointing and confusing beer.