ARH (557) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 13, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottler poured into a shaker. The aroma contains biscuits, citrus zest, roasty malt, and toffee. Oily and clear, the caramel-red colored beer is topped by a soapy white head, retaining a medium ring, good surface, and thick lace. The taste is highly bitter with a medium high, complimentary sweet. The thick, slick beer has a soft pillowy carbonation, and a medium full body. Flavors of bread, citrus, resin/wax, and caramel come through, with a touch of licorice at finish. Near the backend of the finish cloying malty and grain notes appear which are joined by caramel, a slight cough drop, and a bitter waxy aftertaste that lingers.
HuskerTan (563) - Holdrege, Nebraska, USA - DEC 13, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A- Brown sugar, caramel, bready, citrus, hoppy.
A- Dark amber red color, clear liquid, off white head.
T- Brown sugar, caramel, citrus, bitter.
P- Medium body, average texture, average carbonation, slight bitter finish.
O- Wow. The name is not misleading on this one. From the first whiff and the initial sip you get loads of brown sugar. It then quickly turns to a citrus taste and then once again leaves you a soft lingering bitterness. In my opinion, this is not a barley wine at all. Not sure what it is, but more of a Strong Ale to me. Overall, it was quite good.
liquidhedonism (169) - Beaverton, Oregon, USA - DEC 12, 2014
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
12 oz bottle. Aroma: malty, boozy, and piney, with hints of brown sugar (obviously), caramel, resin, and barnyard. Taste/Palate: sweet and crisp; finishes with a long bitterness.
turtlesugar (5) - - DEC 12, 2014 does not count
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Smells as sweet as it taste.Beautiful light amber color, medium white/off grey head. Wide appeal to taste palates. Only complaint- palate is a bit biting. Delicious overall
KamGoPro (106) - Texas, USA - DEC 12, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Strong strong leafy aroma with candied sugars. Bold brown shugga presence with a tart finish
FestDecBeet (227) - - DEC 12, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Look: pours an amber color. White head. Very clear.
Smell: brown sugar. Maple. Sweet malts. Caramel.
Taste: heavy alcohol. Brown sugar. Caramel. Very sweet.
Feel: thick mouth feel. Slight dryness that leaves a film on the mouth. Dryness makes you want another sip.
Overall: good beer. Like the sweetness.
First drank: home 12/111/14
annunz123 (880) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 12, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very hoppy pine and citrus aroma. Sweet, malty flavor with caramel, bread, molasses, and dark fruit. Some bitter fruit and alcohol in the finish. Really, really good.
obxdude10 (2076) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 11, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Barlewines aren’t my favorite much any more, but this one was delicious. The Brown Shugga poured a dark copper color with a light brown hue. The head was full and laced around the glass. The nose was full of sweet maltiness, with notes of caramel, yeast, rye bread and dry hops. The body was very well-balanced and delicious. I got plenty of caramel malt, bready flavors, dry and fruity hops and a little touch of alcohol.
tmongoose (1389) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - DEC 10, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle that poured medium dark amber to orange color. Complex nose and flavors. In the nose fruity hops and a huge malt base. Minor alcohol on the end. The flavor starts as an ipa with huge fruit and then just slides into a malty abyss of a barley wine into a total bliss. Deep rich flavors and the alcohol is so well hidden that this beer is dangerous. Now I need more.
Jlax10 (5) - Maryland, USA - DEC 10, 2014 does not count
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sweet IPA....great lacing....good body. Once again 2014 is a good release.