nstal (237) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 21, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. They surely did this. They ended up with a darn good beer. Very drinkable.
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - MAR 19, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I was expecting a brown ale at first from the name but was confused by the near 10% ABV. Rich and fruity sweet cherry malts, mildly biscuity with a strong long lasting bitterness in the finish. Compares very favorably to west coast heavyweights such as Double Bastard and Old Foghorn.
brewbandit (312) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAR 12, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice medium brown body with good head. Pleasant hop aroma and flavor. Finish is a little drier than the Gnarleywine I just tried.
aracauna (2855) - Georgia, USA - FEB 27, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 29, 2003 Jakey likes! Pours a crystal clear medium brown with amber highlights. The head is oddly yellow (not sunshine yellow, but a dull creamish yellow) and looks almost greasy or buttery. The head forms nicely and sticks around long enough that I can't complain. Even when it's mostly gone, what's left manages to sheet the sides of the glass. The first thing that came to mind after the first sniff was leaves. It's that smell when you're out in the woods and you pull leaves from a branch and crush them. The hoppy leaf smell dominates the soft warm malts underneath. The flavor is what stole my heart, though. You've got buttery biscuits topped with caramel and toffee flakes topped with a dollop of cream sprinkled with brown sugar and a light drizzling of maple syrup. Actually, that makes this thing sound sickeningly sweet, but it's not. It's just sweet enough that you'd call it sweet but no more. The slightly herbal hops are easily picked out but don't overpower or even dominate. An exquisitely balanced brew and one that I wouldn't guess was over 6% just by the taste.
jazz88 (2467) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 26, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Hazy amber color with a laced tan head. The aroma is malty, vinous, earthy, alcohol, hoppy and sweet. A little lighter and easier on the palate than the Gnarleywine.
DaSilky1 (2604) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 25, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
crystal clear, a trademark of most of lagunitas beers, yet this one had a very luminous reddish orange gleam and a jiggly, creepy, climbing, tan head which faded as usual..creamy aroma touching at cherry twizler, tangerines, alcohol, and bing cherries..the mouthfeel of this was damn creamy..flavors of orange creamcicles, bitter grapefruit,and tangerines... The balanced finish is very impressive with creaminess, subtle orange citrus, and grapefruit bitterness combining in such a delectible and faultless way that it left me pretty damn impressed...The alcohol skillfully hidden, the whole experience was just smoothness..only fault i can find is that it might not be as full bodied as i like em'..but its still creamy, so its all good
mpbro (132) - Stanford, California, USA - FEB 15, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
My wife had this on tap at Great Water in San Francisco. Like usual, this beer was underprimed. Argh!
I got it for her because I thought it was a brown ale. Boy was I wrong!
Need to re-rate, as I was having a Bear Republic Hop Rod Rye, which is waaay over
the top with the hops. Still, from what I could tell, this is a pretty
unspectacular, but solid barley wine.
cAPSLOCK (154) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 15, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I was suprised by this beer. I had passed it over before just because of the name. My wife brought some home. This is similar to "Arrogant Bastard" to me... The marriage of an almost-barly wine and a lot of hops. Big in all the areas. Malty, hoppy, alcoholy (?!?)... A good, long lasting head. Next time I am drinking it more slowly. ;)
Nuffield (3348) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - FEB 14, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
My first reaction to this was enormously positive, thinking up into the 4.2 or 4.3 range for me (a big compliment). This wore off by the bottom of the bottle (despite the enormously positive effect of the 9.9%!) But I still think this beer has a lot going for it. Very drinkable, with alcohol that is not hidden but still pleasantly mild. Great mouthfeel. The flavors...well, very good, although a bit over the top on the hops as far as the overall balance is concerned. Still, a beer worth drinking.
schm1005 (151) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 14, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice golden amber color with a long lasting creamy head. Malty flavor with a hoppy aftertaste. It reminds me slightly of drinking an Arrogant Bastard. A big beer with strong malt and hops. There is almost an IPA type hoppiness to it but not dry, rather quenching and well balanced with malt.