LeRose (73) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 13, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle, no date.
Poured deep copper color with not much head. What head there was hung around and laced nicely. Visually looked like good maple syrup with a bit if foam on top.
Aroma was subdued. Some resinous pine notes, blended tropical fruit, malt, a bit of rum raisin, sweet.
Taste was much bolder. Sweetness initial, but some bitter resin at out the same time, then tropical. Didnít immediately think pineapple. More of a mango and papaya flavor. Bitterness hits at the end, and the I get pineapple syrup flavor in the aftertaste. Body had some raisiny notes, slight brown sugar or caramelized sugar taste.
Mouthfeel was smooth and sticky, but aftertaste lingers and gives some tingle from the alcohol. A bit of astringency makes it dry out some.
Overall enjoyable to drink. Not what I was expecting. Nice balance, but the lingering aftertaste takes it down tick for me.
bkurtz (725) - PERU - APR 18, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours beautiful copper with big, bubbly carbonation. Sweetish aroma of caramel. Taste is sweet, almost cloying. Iím not a fan of barley wines, but I really like this. Alcohol is definitely present.
Cory (239) - , California, USA - APR 12, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft. Hops and sweet roasted malts for the aroma, bitter taste that lingers a long time. This tastes more like an IPA but has the body of a barley wine. Its an interesting take but not what I look for in a barley wine.
RhetoricalAns (113) - Toronto, Alberta, CANADA - APR 5, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours brown with a medium white head. Aroma is sweet, caramel, some hops too. Taste is sweet malt, brown sugar, boozy throughout and a medium bitter finish.
seantaylorus (14) - - APR 4, 2014
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This might be the perfect beer - for me. Non intrusive taste and clean finish. I love it. Not bitter but a definite IPA taste.
rumproasts (2588) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 3, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle. brown with small head. big sweet malty body. medium hops. plenty of booze. a bit of a sipper, but nice full flavor.
SamP01 (515) - New Jersey, USA - APR 1, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark orange amber with a medium off white slowly fading head with good lacing. Aroma of sweet caramel malt, yeast and some citrus and pine as well. Taste has some good caramel malt, yeast mild orange and bitter hops. Palate is a medium to full body, carbonation is good and a smooth mouth feel. Finishes with a good caramel malt and yeast flavor followed by citrus, orange notes and bitter ending for balance. Considering this is a barley wine it is not as strong, reminds me more of an DIPA, but it is still good. Overall very good, smooth, balanced and flavorful brew.
Cristobal37 (230) - Canyon Lake, California, USA - APR 1, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tastes like candied sugar. Strong though. Bit boozy sometimes, other times like maple syrup. Interesting beer, will have to come back to this one.
hockeybeerguy (910) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - MAR 30, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Reviewed from notes.
The appearance was a hazy brown colored body leaving a one finger white foamy head that appears and leaves some nice slightly thick yet spotty lacing in rings around the sides of the pint glass. The body is too hazy for any carbonation to be seen rising.
The smell had the hops up front to form a mostly bitter aroma. The malts play nicely in the background coming more forward as the beer warms.
The taste was excellent as the hops and the malts combine just about perfectly.
On the palate, she sat about a slight sticky feel in my mouth and on the tongue, ranging on the medium side. Though the ABV is pretty high, this is quite drinkable.
Overall, Iím thoroughly impressed and most likely will have this again.
teloiv (6) - - MAR 30, 2014 does not count
2.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Not what i would come to expect from a barleywine. Very lite for a barleywine on tast considering most i have had have been very big on flavor. But still good on the hops and citrus taste. Might get this one again.
Lothore (455) - California, USA - MAR 29, 2014
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A- Pours a clear copper hue with a 1 finger off white head.
S- Deep brown sugar nose that leads to a wave of piney hops.
T- Brown sugar, caramel, molasses followed by deep, piney hops and a bit of an alcohol aftertaste.
M- Thick with medium-low carbonation.
D- This one really delivers and is certainly one of Lagunitas best. Great sipper.