LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - FEB 4, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
some brown sugga ,lol, some molasses, some carmel and some sweetness, and some light cherry essence.
RagallachMC (631) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - FEB 3, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle. Aroma: Grapefruit, light pine, sweet maltiness, caramel, light spiciness, alcohol, and a light grassiness. Appearance: Dark reddish amber in color and clear. Light khaki head was full and creamy with decent retention. Good lacing. Flavor: Some sweet malt up front with notes of toasted bread, caramel, and a light cinnamon-like spice. Hops kick in assertively with grapefruit and pine. Also a bit of grass. Alcohol is noticeable and a touch hot. Bitterness is medium high, but doesn’t linger too long. Sweetness lingers past the finish. Palate: Medium-full bodied. Medium carbonation. Lots of alcohol warming all over mouth. Overall: Pretty good beer. Mouthfeel seemed a little low and carbonation a little high. Still, a nice drink for the end of the night.
taffurs888 (124) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 3, 2007
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Very dark, with a nice hint of malts and caramel??? can definetly taste the hops.
crazyvin (2026) - New York, USA - FEB 3, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
decent, deffinatly would have again poured a reddish brown hue with a thin tan head. Aroma was piney with some almost caramelly notes. Flavor was mildly sweet with caramel notes, pine,and the alcohol was present. It did seem light at times, i expect this style to be fuller.
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 (1568) - 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 (633) - 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)