19Ei8hty (1166) - Washington, USA - JAN 16, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2008 Re-examined; 2-04-2008 - Brown sugar through-and-through. Very sweet, rich and malty. Interesting to try alongside Gnarleywine and contrast; te added sweetness tends to thin the drink out, playing up the dark fruit notes as well taking the mellowness of the pine hop citrus and making it much more pronounced - very rich and sweet.
dogfishho (669) - Bloomfield, New Jersey, USA - JAN 16, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured into a deep tulip glass, the appearance was dark reddish brown with a thin light tan head that had very good retention. The aroma was crazy. Very full of fruit esters including banana, orange, lemon, and apple. The alcohol was just barely perceptible. However in the flavor, this was not the case. There was the usual caramel sweetness of the malts that can be expected of the style, but in addition were some weird fruit notes, mostly citrus and apple, that were sort of out of place in this brew. The mouthfeel is sticky but relatively smooth. Overall this was a pretty weird, though interesting barleywine and not one of my favorites.
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 15, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours orangish amber with thin foamy tan head. Aroma of citric alcohol, grapefruit, mango, oak, and peaches. Taste is strong, thick, citric, acidic, intensely alcoholic, with pine cones and spruce somehow making their way through the onslaught. This beer should be sipped very slowly if you’re drinking it fresh, because it may burn going down. Mouthfeel is heavy, alcoholic, and slighty resinous with the hop quantities. Lively carbonation and an acidic finish. This would be excellent to cellar, and rate another once the hops and alcohol have settled some.
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - JAN 14, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear copper, with a good sized tan head that laces nicely. Hoppy nose with lots of citrus and pine notes, a good bit of sweetness. Flavor is quite bitter, with grapefruit and spruce notes, and there’s a nice round, caramel sweetnes under there.
Doctormirk (100) - USA - JAN 14, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 15, 2007 Thick and frothy mouthfeel. Sweet fruits at first, plum, off set with sour and well balanced bitter hops. Very crisp bitter finish.
troopie (2291) - Munchen an der Willamette, Oregon, USA - JAN 14, 2007
4.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Malty aroma. Deep amber with much lacing. Full flavour, notes of hop, sugar and fruit. Burnt sugar finish, like a mug of flip only cold. This is for sipping. BTW IIRC this is my first barley wine. If they’re all as good os this, I think I’ll like the style
hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - JAN 14, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle. Deep amber in appearance. Aroma is sweet malt, and some fruit, plums, raisins. Faint hops in the aroma also. Taste is sweet caramel, some brown sugar, toasted malts, fruit, with some citrus. Very full bodied. light hop bitterness and a medium amount of alcohol burn in the finish.
zach8270 (3882) - Henrietta, New York, USA - JAN 14, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(bottle - 12 oz) Clear but dark copper pour with a thick and lasting tan head and good carbonation. Aroma is sweet and thick with some citrus, hops, caramel, and some floral notes. Flavor is very sweet and big at the beginning with a smooth malt middle with some hops and citrus in it. Finish is very sweet and warming. Lots of alcohol and a slightly bitter aftertaste. Very chewy.
kujo9 (1095) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - JAN 12, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle: Pours aged coppery brown w/a lasting cream colored fluffy head. Initial aromas of piney and lightly grapefruity hops, but as it warms it becomes lightly floral and sugary. Toasty malt w/ hint of caramel, and a hit of light brown sugar at the end of the sniff. Also a bit of alcohol vapor that is spicy, and a lightly toasted nut character, like pine nuts. Flavor is very well balanced and finishes semi dry. Hop flavors w/ floral and piney are mild and not overpowering. Pretty well attenuated, and has a bit of toasty malt flavor w/ a hint of caramel. The brown sugar addition is almost absent in the flavor. The finish is piney hop flavored and it lasts into the aftertaste with a good balance of hop and toasted malt flavor. Medium bodied, lower medium carbonation, warming, but mostly well hidden alcohol, but lightly dry in the mouth, not sticky! This could be a very dangerous beer! Nicely balanced to semi dry and not sticky at all. Great balance of hop and malt flavors keep it from being a hop bomb! Should also age well!
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - JAN 11, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 25, 2012 Rerate: 2012 Sweet Release, courtesy of Lagunitas. Thanks, folks! Very similar sensory notes to earlier batch: on the sweet side, but that alcohol and assertive citrus and herbal bitterness keep things afloat nicely. Definitely off the barley wine spectrum as I know it, but one of Lagunitas’ more successful American strong ale-ish renditions. Assaultingly bitter and sweet, unabashed in that tenuous balance, and in a category all its own.
Lagunitas event at the Brickskeller. 2005 bottle. Clear, reddish appearance; chunky, light tan head with great retention and lacing. Huge, candy sugar aroma: sweet, maple syrup and brown sugar. Full, sweet mouthfeel: maple syrup, candy sugar, very similar malt background to (aged) 120-minute IPA. Long, sweet finish, showing citrus hops.