CigarsLoveBeer (153) - Illinois, USA - FEB 1, 2007
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft: I have to say, I love just about everything these guys do, but this was just not that good. Maybe I just expected more out of it due to it being a barleywine, but here I go:
Malty aroma with mild pine notes. Red body with good head. In the mouth, This beer really focused on grassy, gummy notes, until the mild hops hit. It hid the alcohol quite well, but it also happened to lack the bitterness, complexity, or body/mouthfeel that I expect from this style.
freekyp (1557) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - FEB 1, 2007
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Holy smokes! This brew is a real barn burner. Sweet bitter hoppy and full on malty all at the same time. The ample alchohol content is very apparent in the warming mouthfeel, but not in the aroma, which redolent with grassy and citric hop tones. The bitterness is very round and settles over the tongue in like an umbrella, fadin towards the end of the swallow, then coming back in increased force at the very end. The sweetness is not overbearing; perhaps mroe molasses then brown sugar. Very drinkable for its strength.
IMtheOptimator (1162) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - FEB 1, 2007
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 3, 2007 Poured a clear effervescent dark amber with a creamy/frothy off-white head. Aroma is very pleasant grapefruit and grass hops, sweet candy, cinnamon spiciness. Flavor is dry with notes of candy, alcohol, some bitter grapefruit, some grass. Flavor wasn’t nearly as well balanced and pleasant as the aroma, being a bit too dry and alcoholic. However, it is still a pretty tasty strong ale.
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - JAN 30, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Courtesy boboski. Pours a very nice light brown caramel color with a light tan head. Smells, of suar, caramel, and a hint of some smokey bacon in there as well. Definitely get some of the brown sugar in the taste, especially as it warms up some. Also get some cinnamon, hops, sweet malts, and caramel. Knd of bitter towards the end and it gets very sweet as it warms up. Pretty decent though.
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - JAN 28, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle via trade with CaptainCougar and shadey - Pours a clear amber color with a one finger off white head. Aroma is light floral hop and light caramel malt. Has a semi-sweet caramel malt flavor with some very light esters. Alcohol is only slightly noticeable. Smooth palate and medium body. A good beer. Thanks Tom and Shane.
Metalhead (632) - Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA - JAN 27, 2007
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours bright amber with a violent but quick diminishing head. Sticky sweet molasses ,some brown "Shugga" alcohol is not as hot to me as some have found. Also aroma not as prominant. Mild hoppiness in the finish along with burnt caramel. Full mouthfeel. A 2 dimensional beer thats potent,tasty and easy to drink. Sometimes being simple is a good thing. I’ll have to stash a couple of these 12 oz’ers for a spell(if I can,yum)
jblendy (519) - Hawthorne, New Jersey, USA - JAN 27, 2007
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUL 11, 2007 Pours copper/amber with a minimal white head. Strong caramel and cognac aromas, with notes fermenting fruit, and brown sugar. Flavor is full of grapefruit hop bitterness, syrupy sweet caramel, alcohol, and a hint of cognac. Palate is full, resiny, chewy, syrupy, alcoholic like booze, and bitter-sweet. Decent, but pretty unbalanced, and way too hot.
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 27, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz big boy from Bev Mo La Mesa. Pours a light brown with a nice off white head that left some nice lacing on the glass. Great brown sugar flavor along with other various malts.......
greenhorn1 (850) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JAN 26, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz bomber. Holy shit this beer is good! Pours a nice clear light brown with a nice thick lasting head. A thought I was buying a brown ale not a barley wine. Nice sweet carmel taste, molasses, brown sugar, and even brandy. Definitely could not taste the 10% alcohol. Lots of flavors, however, a bit light in the mouthfeel. Not sure if this is truly to style, but I loved this beer. Lagunitas is one of my top brewers.
tongatim (30) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JAN 23, 2007
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A good beer, and a good value. Mislabeled as a barley wine, as it lacks much complexity, though I’m going to stash away a couple of bottles for a year and see what aging might do. I upgraded my overall score, because I think the nice balance of sweetness, bitterness, and carbonation makes this a very drinkable brew.