JBPortland (968) - Portland, Maine, USA - JAN 13, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle pours clear dark brown amber with a finger of head. Nose is toasty bread and oats, molasses spice, brown sugar, some semi-sweet round malty fruit, caramel. Taste is similar with medium bodied palate, bitter wheat bread crust, fig, candi sugar, some malty cherry. Finish is bitter, semi sweet malty fruit.
madchemist83 (98) - USA - JAN 13, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sweet release 9.99%. Pours dark copper with off white head. Aromas of sweet tea, caramel, citrus, pine and apple. Alcohol comes through but very smooth. Caramel sweetness and hop bitterness balanced well with enormous alcohol content. Not bad.
dlovell2 (950) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 12, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours copper color with off white head. Aroma is caramel, candied sugar, pineapple, and citrus. Flavor is caramel malt start with brown sugar, citrus, and pineapple with a bitter citrus finish.
Barnacle_Ed (13) - Milpitas, California, USA - JAN 12, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
First time trying a barleywine so I can’t compare this to any others sadly. Paradoxically sweet with bitter piney and resin taste. Some alcohol taste in the first few sips but didnt notice later...either it should be served a little warmer than I’m used to, or the 9.8 ABV started to work its magic! Glad I picked this one up, another winner from Lagunitas.
cobaink2 (123) - seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 12, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
As Amber as it comes on the first pour. Almost no head. Tastes of hops, licorice and spices. It is quite a medium between a hoppy ipa and barley wine. The alcohol is quite present.
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Joel (114) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 12, 2015
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Unique sweet caramel and brown sugar flavors in this well balanced, great tasting barley wine. Nice hoppy finish. One of my favorite barley wines. Fantastic!
Lacho (11) - USA - JAN 11, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
First time drinking this, amazing beer, once it warms up the alcohol takes center stage, well balanced. Will enter my normal rotation.
Vinylholic (11) - Uniontown, Ohio, USA - JAN 11, 2015
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Strong hoppy aroma, bitter notes with hints of floral/citrus. More or less no head. Clear medium/light brown color. Bitter taste with medium weight to it with a slight sour aftertaste. No carbonation to speak of. Very smooth and drinkable, though not quite to my taste
tekstr1der (41) - New Hampshire, USA - JAN 10, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep red mahogany color. Pine, alcohol and cooked sugar aroma translates into similar flavors, somehow masking the alcohol somewhat. Syrupy and smooth feel makes this surprisingly drinkable. A bit dangerous.
coachd (173) - Missouri, USA - JAN 10, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sweet sugary aroma that also contains pine hops, dark fruit and a funky type of sour/dank aroma. It has more malt aroma than I have ever smelled in a Lagunitas beer. Looks beautiful - a very light see through brown color with a completely white head of foam. Tastes hoppy, slightly bitter and then the honey and brown sugar sweetness takes over. The hops come back and assert themselves again in the aftertaste. There is a welcoming slight alcohol burn after that. The palate is oily and slick. I really enjoyed this; it needs a higher rating.