shadey (1913) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 11, 2004
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Copper color with little to no head. Malty with a bt of spice in the aroma and flavor. I donít know why this receives such high ratings. There was definitly something wierd in the flavor I couldnít put my finger on.
Reid (1946) - Salem, Oregon, USA - DEC 11, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bought in the typcal Lagunitas 22 oz bottle.
Very attractive looking ale, a nice chesnut brown beer, with a gorgeous creamy off white head, that goes and leaves behind very luxurious lacing down my glass.
Nice aroma, not as strong as some of this strength, but i detect a fruity smell, plumy. Also demerara sugar.
Nice sweet taste, but not sickeningly so. I can definatlly tell this is made with darker sugar.Sweet taste, almost sherry like..a quick finish and some nice alcoholic warmth going down the throat.
This is pretty nice on the tongue and I enjoyed the alcoholic warmth..though its not blatant in this beer.
Very drinkable for one so strong..maybe dangerously so!
zathrus13 (1723) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - DEC 8, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Amber/orange color. Aromas of sweet malt, brown sugar, some fruit, and some hops. Flavors of sweet malt, brown sugar, fruit, and grapefruit. Very nice, somewhat creamy body.
bb (6860) - Alamo, California, USA - DEC 7, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2006 Bottle. Rich amber color with a big off-white head. Sweet malt aroma with some citrus hops. Sweet malt and caramel flavor. Sugary sweet finish. Just enough hops. Just too sweet. Hides alcohol well.
Tried a year later and the sweetness is all but gone, but so is the life of the beer - not much to it. Rating is for fresh version.
JoeMcPhee (8569) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 6, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Amber colour, thin off-white head. Sweet caramel, brown sugar aroma. Full mouthfeel. Grapefruity hop flavour and nice bitterness. Sweetness in the mouth. Actually quite simple.
Hairofthedog (419) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 5, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Really sweet on the nose w/ hazelnut and honey notes. Light golden orange appearance w/ good head and minor lacing. Clear brown sugar sweetness, and grapefruit tartness mixed in, also hints of citrus. Nice body and creamy.
allphoto (36) - Oakland, California, USA - DEC 3, 2004
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
surprise!! I thought this was a lager! I read barley wine here, looked at my glass and went uh oh. Surprise again, I like this beer a lot. The taste reminds me of my attempts at homebrewing, so does the smell. Strange was I making accidental Barley wine? The sweetness is just right, the alcohol burn doesnít show up until itís well down the esophagus.
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 28, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a deep brown with a slight reddish hue. Aromas of brown sugar?, slight citrus, roasted nuts and a little flowery. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied. Fairly bitter with flavors of caramel, butterscotch and a little vanilla. There is is still a funkiness from the yeast that is very unpleasant.
mjurney (64) - Amarillo, Texas, USA - NOV 26, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2004 Pours out amber red color with a little head. Nice flavor; kinda sweet from brown sugar, kinda hoppy, nice alcohol warmth. Nice brew.
Odeed (1787) - Bakersfield, California, USA - NOV 21, 2004
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
poured this baby into my breand new double bastard snifter glass!!!!
brown in color but still very translucent.no head on the pour,but a bit came up after.then the head soon disappeared.smells of suggar,a bit of alcohol.grapefruit,and vinegar.very interesting flavor on this one.some citurs,brown sugar,and a little bitter at the end.fairly good.