DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 25, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
crystal clear, a trademark of most of lagunitas beers, yet this one had a very luminous reddish orange gleam and a jiggly, creepy, climbing, tan head which faded as usual..creamy aroma touching at cherry twizler, tangerines, alcohol, and bing cherries..the mouthfeel of this was damn creamy..flavors of orange creamcicles, bitter grapefruit,and tangerines... The balanced finish is very impressive with creaminess, subtle orange citrus, and grapefruit bitterness combining in such a delectible and faultless way that it left me pretty damn impressed...The alcohol skillfully hidden, the whole experience was just smoothness..only fault i can find is that it might not be as full bodied as i like em'..but its still creamy, so its all good
mpbro (132) - Stanford, California, USA - FEB 15, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
My wife had this on tap at Great Water in San Francisco. Like usual, this beer was underprimed. Argh!
I got it for her because I thought it was a brown ale. Boy was I wrong!
Need to re-rate, as I was having a Bear Republic Hop Rod Rye, which is waaay over
the top with the hops. Still, from what I could tell, this is a pretty
unspectacular, but solid barley wine.
cAPSLOCK (155) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 15, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I was suprised by this beer. I had passed it over before just because of the name. My wife brought some home. This is similar to "Arrogant Bastard" to me... The marriage of an almost-barly wine and a lot of hops. Big in all the areas. Malty, hoppy, alcoholy (?!?)... A good, long lasting head. Next time I am drinking it more slowly. ;)
Nuffield (3666) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - FEB 14, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
My first reaction to this was enormously positive, thinking up into the 4.2 or 4.3 range for me (a big compliment). This wore off by the bottom of the bottle (despite the enormously positive effect of the 9.9%!) But I still think this beer has a lot going for it. Very drinkable, with alcohol that is not hidden but still pleasantly mild. Great mouthfeel. The flavors...well, very good, although a bit over the top on the hops as far as the overall balance is concerned. Still, a beer worth drinking.
schm1005 (151) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 14, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice golden amber color with a long lasting creamy head. Malty flavor with a hoppy aftertaste. It reminds me slightly of drinking an Arrogant Bastard. A big beer with strong malt and hops. There is almost an IPA type hoppiness to it but not dry, rather quenching and well balanced with malt.
TAR (2445) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - FEB 9, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: NOV 28, 2005 Medium dark amber; crystal clear. Teeny bubbled dirty white foam with adequate retention. Jellied fruits, toffee firmness, alcohol, mint, butter rum, sweet caramel maltiness, vague earthiness, yams, and traces of piney hops in the aroma. Astringent alcoholic swallow upon first sip. Straightforward flavors of light tropical fruitiness and sweet malt flavors. Finishes slightly interesting with fresh caramel, yams, salt, and bready aspects. Lots of acidity. Alcohol is far too noticeable. A run of the mill barleywine. Last year’s (2002) 12 oz. version was far more impressive.
baobubba (455) - Starkville, Mississippi, USA - FEB 9, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a clear copper with a slightly jaundiced head. Malty grapefruit aroma. Some fresh grapefruit along with some pasturized grapefruit aromas. Strong presence of caramel, bread, and brown sugar/molasses with notes of butter and roasted malt. Sweet flavor with a muddled bitter finish with a touch of grassiness. Quite drinkable.
TheTsunami (162) - Arizona, USA - JAN 27, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
A beautiful red-brown pour that resulted in a full but quickly dying head. Aroma was very floral with some faint sweet undertones. Hops were noticable up front smoothing to a slight pineapple flavor in the middle. The finish was sweet with a warm glow resulting from the by then evident alcohol.
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 25, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2004 Brown Shugga, how come you taste so good? Didn't really taste like a barleywine, but was still pretty good. I had this after I was already a few too many deep, so what can I say. ReRate Feb 2004: Off cask at the Horse Brass, no idea what vintage this is. Quite possibly the best mouthfeel I've ever experienced in a beer. Seems to just chill in your mouth, then coats your throat all the way down. Leaves a great taste of hops and roasted malt. A classic.
Zach Diesel (906) - Sisters, Oregon, USA - JAN 22, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
brown sugar with slight hop aroma, flavors of brown sugar with slight hop and alcohol bite