GaltScat (195) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 11, 2007
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
25-ounce bottle. Clear, nut-brown color with little to no head. Aroma was lacking, which is different from that of other raters. Aroma contained malt, toffee, hops, brown sugar, and yeast. Flavor was amazing. Strong and very well balanced with malt, brown sugar, and hops. Alcohol numbed the palate. The finish was bitter with hops, sweet with brown sugar, and fruity with grapes. Wonderful! If the aroma had been stronger, I would have rated higher.
pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - MAR 6, 2007
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a light copper, a bit lighter than most barleywines with a thin white head. The nose is absolutely heavenly. Big voluptuous malt, with an very vinous port-like character. I swear I smell grapes! A little bit of bubblegum. Alcohol isn’t perceptable, really well balanced. The palate is solid, low carbonation and high viscosity make for a nice combination, also a bit sticky. In the mouth, this is creamy and sweet, though the malt isn’t too round, I’m not complaining. Again, some bubblegum. There’s a definite hop presence, not huge, but more muted, noble hops? The vinous character is more woody, and the alcohol is certainly more noticeable, however, this brew is still very balanced. A creamy, to slightly hoppy finish with a tannic aftertaste leading to some old hop sort of flavors. I enjoyed this and hope to pick some more up during my travels!
HopDevil1979 (117) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - MAR 3, 2007
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Like chocolate covered pretzels or kettle popcorn, this beer masters the perfect sweet/salty combination. Poured dark wood color, filtered, with a large carbonation factor. Taste of shugga’ very prevalent with other notes of tree bark.
rmussman (1701) - California, USA - MAR 2, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample as part of a winter brew pack. Very nice. Poured dark with a thick white head. Taste of brown sugar was very prevalent and sweet to the lips. A very well crafted beer that anyone should enjoy.
IslandHaole (1204) - Mililani, Hawaii, USA - MAR 1, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A rich mahogany brown, like a strong sun tea with a touch of milk, foamy creamy beige head quickly fades leaving thick lacing and a sheet of creamy small bubbles floating on top. Smell reminds me of Japanese food, the tang of shoyu with the vinous herbal scent of wasabi mixed in as well as the meaty sweetness of Yakatori. ( I’ve been over here too damned long!) Sugary sweet front, feels a bit thinner than I expected, piney hops but not as strong as I thought they would be. If anything, I wish it was a bit hoppier to balance the cotton candy sweetness. I’d like to try the Old Gnarly to taste the difference. Alcohol well masked. Not bad, just left me wanting for more.
toncatcher (228) - Santee - SAN DIEGO, California, USA - FEB 28, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I enjoyed this one after I had my taste buds scortched by the Alaskan Smoked Porter at Obriens, however it was a nice retreat from such a harsh offering as the Smoke Porter. The flavors were very subtle, sweet with a slightly bitter finish.
keoki182 (305) - West Bend, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 28, 2007
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured murky orange/brown with no head. Very thin off-white lace around edge of glass on top of beer. This beer has a very sweet aroma. Lots of sweet orange in the nose. Solid mouthfeel. Fairly flat, alcohol is rather prevalent in the sip. Bitter hop flavors lurk. More sugary taste appears. Pretty decent offering for a style I’m not too fond of.
nimbleprop (6881) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 26, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured a translucent copper with burnt orange hues with a fast fading sudsy white head. Smells sweet, like sugar and candy, and also a tad hoppy. Toffee, orange peel, brown sugar, caramel, lemon, medicinal, whiskley flavor. Heavy, syrupy mouthfeel with a bit of heat on the end.
MadIndian (2716) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 26, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Reddish/coppery pour with small head. Floral and citrus aromas. To me it could have been blended a little better. Very grassy ehh I don’t know. It wasn’t bad.
DrD (61) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - FEB 25, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
A nice strong ale/barleywine. Less sweet than most, which allows the molasses-notes of the brown sugar and the loamy maltiness to combine and play a larger role in the brew’s overall flavor. I’d like a more pleasing mouthfeel in a brew of this gravity. If you like this, give the Hairy Eyeball a try.