DrD (61) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - FEB 25, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
A nice strong ale/barleywine. Less sweet than most, which allows the molasses-notes of the brown sugar and the loamy maltiness to combine and play a larger role in the brew’s overall flavor. I’d like a more pleasing mouthfeel in a brew of this gravity. If you like this, give the Hairy Eyeball a try.
Wharfrat (26) - Alabama, USA - FEB 24, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a pretty clear amber with some head.
Smell is brown sugar with American hops. Kind of nice.
The hops really are at the forefront in the flavor, with the brown sugar coming through. Not a lot of malt flavor in there.
Mouthfeel is thin with carbonation.
chimpscampee (566) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 24, 2007
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hoppy spruce/pine barleywine with particularly nice mouthfeel. No alcohol burn. It doesn’t seem like 9.9% at all.
jackson220 (136) - new lenox, Illinois, USA - FEB 20, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
on Draft omg! big fan of Barleywine...Pours a beautiful red coper hue, small to no head. Sweet honey and flowery aroma. Taste is pine hops, honey, molases. The alcohol is strong but it balances out the bitter and sour aftertaste. X mouthfeel... Please after a couple get up slowly.
bergface (56) - madison, Alabama, USA - FEB 20, 2007
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Honestly this beer tastes pretty much just like hard candy... Not really what I would be used to in a barley wine (or botched barley wine). Couldnt really taste any molasses from the brown sugar. If you like sweet this is where its at, its also pretty unique in that sweetness.
IrishBoy (3944) - Bakersfield, California, USA - FEB 17, 2007
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Bottle Barn; Nose of raisins, prunes, and apropriate to it’s name "brown sugga". Clear rusty colored with a small beige head; flavor is sweet and fruity with an alcohol finish in the medium body. Quite hot for 9.9% ABV.
ElGaucho (2295) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - FEB 16, 2007
3.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at Lunar Brewing. Cardboard aroma which is a quality I got from several of the brews I had at Lunar. I’m guessing a dirty tap line issue. Slightly hazy, reddish amber color. Very sweet. Tastes a little flat. Strong. I enjoyed the Lunar Big Bang Barley wine better than this barley wine.
chimplechamp (601) - Oslo, NORWAY - FEB 16, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle donated from etowneraser-- pours a golden ruby copper color. small offwhite head dissipated quite fast. smells, sour, hops- caramel malts some citrus. tastes citrusy and quite hoppy some brown sugar is evident and goes quite nicely with the amount of carbonation.
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - FEB 16, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Light amber/brown and a small, tan head that disappears quickly. Cheerios, rotten plums, alcohol, subtle fruit cake, all sprinkled with brown sugar. Strange, but not in a good way. Medium/full body is balanced and nice on the palate. Weird. Extra point for the pro capitalism shout out in the commercial description.
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 15, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle sampled at Issac Newtons. Pours brown/bronze with a decent size beige head. Aroma of spices, alcohol, hops, and brown sugar. The flavor is sweet, brown sugar, spices, alcohol, and a nice bitter hoppy kick. Good brew.