Hawksfan17 (890) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 1, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Smells nice and sweet, pours brown with nice head on it with red hue. Tastes sweet and is well balanced to hide the bitterness. Gets hard to drink because of the alcohol but before that is smooth.
eve (240) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - FEB 25, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Ordered this for a friend (but had to have some myself) who "doesn’t like bitter beer." This has substantial hops behind all that brown-sugar-y sweetness to keep it from being too cloying. Moist dried fruits, maple, caramel malt, I’d like it better if that tiny hint of smoke was more pronounced to balance the shugga....
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - FEB 24, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours brown and settles brown with red tones beneath a nice off white head which was absent at first, but quickly grew with the active carbonation. The aroma is malty; a sweet carmel malt and some hints of nice roasted aroma. Very nice flavor from the malty base with some noticable bitterness and sweetness at the same time. There seems to be some pine/spruce hop flavor that acts as a great ballancer to all the malt, which by the way, is also a sweet carmel malt with some sugary flavors. Nice beer.
Kasteelfreak (341) - Fallbrook, California, USA - FEB 24, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 20, 2005 Pretty darn good. I didn’t know this was bottle conditioned. First I poured about a half bottle into my glass which was clear. When I poured the rest I saw all the sediment. To me this is a caramel style barley wine. There’s a little fig to it, but not much. It has a nice bronze color to it with a nice retaining head. Aroma has sweet malt, alcohol, and a little acidity to it. Medium body with hoppy sweet finish. Very well balanced with just a little alcohol bite at the end.
BrockLanders (771) - Panama City, Florida, USA - FEB 21, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a clear copper with small beige head. Aroma is all about sweet malts, grapefruit, alcohol. Taste is medium sweet, earthy/grapefruit, some caramel, finishing with a nice grapefruit and alcohol burn. Full bodied and syrupy. The flavor is both sweet yet is more hoppy than the nose hinted. The finish is bitter sweet, hops doing their job. Yum. Thanks Cornboy.
piscator34 (1946) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - FEB 14, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep red colour... almost brown. Strong malty aroma, with a faint hint of citrusy hops. This is one sweet beer, but not in a cloying way. Flavors of carmel malts and molasses are dominant, with just enough hop bitterness to keep things from going off the deep end. No alcohol flavors (although there was some present in the aroma as it warmed up), but I could sure feel some warming sensations in my chest as I drank it.
jasonp (1555) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - FEB 12, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Beautiful glowing red with a thick off-white head. A ton of hops in the nose along with some caramel, dark fruit and a tinge of alcohol. Delicious! Like the aroma, the taste has a bunch of hops with caramel and the obvious notes of brown sugar/molasses. There’s also toasty malts, plum/raisin/dark fruits, pipe tobacco and cherries. Syrupy sweet. Moderately bitter, hoppy aftertaste. Slight alcohol burn detected in the finish. Mouthfeel is velvety smooth, full and round with soft carbonation. Great head retention. This is good shit.
Saarlander (1686) - Saarlouis, GERMANY - FEB 12, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I was expecting more sweetness from this beer, but was suprised how balanced it was. I wouldn’t call it too sweet at all, even for a hop head like me! Good head, that lasted, good flavor, dark red color. I enjoyed this brew!
joshpiledean (315) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 11, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tap, O’Brien’s, San Diego. Reddish pour, smallish head. Hoppy and sweet nose. I was talking to my friend the whole time I drank this...so I don’t remember a lot except that I was really digging on the sweet brown sugary tones with the great hops taking up the background. I wanted to drink another one of these, but, alas, we had to leave, thanks to his girlfriend. Rats.
ericnixon (737) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 7, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A little over a year ago I visited Lagunitas Brewery when I was visiting friends in California and was sad because I knew I couldn’t get their beer in New England. Boy, was I surprised when I stopped at Spirit Haus in Amherst, MA and saw a bunch of Lagunitas’ beers.
Ok, ’nuff talking. Cool label with a happy-go-lucky puppy on it. The beer is a beautiful coppery amber color with almost no head after a couple of minutes. Brown sugar-y aroma (duh). Great, well-balanced, mouthfeel that’s very flavorful and also refreshing at the same time. Kind of thick and sweet. One wicked awesome beer.