lunaticharness (183) - Torrance, California, USA - AUG 4, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
i drove up to the brewery today and took their tour - awesome people and good place - after tasting some of their beers i inquired about the brown shugga and they said they had a partial case a guy sent back and gave me a couple 22's on the way out... i dont know if anyone from the brewery checks this but thanks alot! sweet sugary, piney, caramel aroma, nice fat head that turns into a ring and a frost like layer of head, nice ruby garnett color, moderately warm at tasting time, its sweet initially and then it gets bitter as it hits the back of the tongue and then sweetens up a bit to level it all out, a bit of a bitter aftertaste, and earthy note right before the after taste if that makes any sense...
GreatStelle (363) - Chico, California, USA - JUN 25, 2003
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: NOV 3, 2003 not as sweet as expected. But it does go down easy with a semi-sweet finish. Very mild for a Barley-wine.
OldGrowth (2326) - North Carolina, USA - JUN 10, 2003
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Butterscotch, brandy nose. Reddish orange color. Carmel and piney. Finishes kinda hoppy with a sweet(brown sugar) finish
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 30, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Not at all what I was expecting--if you read the label this beer sounds like a reject that nobody is sure how it will pour out of the bottle. Brown sugar? Whatever, but this beer was amber in color with a thin, white head. Very piney bitterness with alcohol well hidden. This is a barley wine? I thought it was a strong IPA really. Tastes a lot like a beer from Stone. Good, but not outstanding.
AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 27, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Amber color. Some carbonation. Creamy, white head. Definite cascade hops in the aroma, citrus. Not too sugary. Easy to drink, alcohol is concealed well. I'd like to try the Gnarlywine if the fluke is this tastey.
omhper (18314) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 26, 2003
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottled. Redish amber. Rich grapefruity hop aroma. Sweet and malty with clean, hard mouthfeel. The finish is sharp and resiny. Too raw and unbalanced to impress. All this apart, it is still a good beer, but I expect more of a barley wine than hops.
jbrus (4992) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - MAY 4, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hopperfume and raisin aroma. Orange brown color, light brown head, good lace. Sweet, very hoppy, heavy, sirupy, nutty. Long lasting bitter dry finish.
JCW (1274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 2, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Copper colored, transluscent. Perfect 1/4" head across the glass. Nice balance between hops and malt. This will make a prolifer out of you. Alcohol is well hidden. Nice hop bite. A really nice barley. God Bless Capitalism!
legion242 (2070) - Richardson, Texas, USA - MAY 1, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The strength belies the flavors. This one is nearly chugable, which could get you in trouble. Doesn't exactly taste like "brown sugar", but you get the idea.
Indra (2527) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - APR 7, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 13, 2010 Outdoorsy aroma, faint earthiness mingled with something like a walk through the Kansas woods on a spring day, pine needles, greenery, flowers, sap, fruit, as well as sweet, lightly toasted grain. Deep reddish amber color with a faint but lasting and patterned head. Flavor has plenty of brown sugary malt sweetness but is liberally infused with a floral, piney hop character, largely apparent in the finish along with a healthy, pleasant dosage of bitterness and alcohol fire. Lightly effervescent and viscous mouthfeel and balanced quite nicely. A happy accident indeed.