mdntklrmth (30) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - NOV 24, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A beer I'd been seeking for a while. Poured deep amber with thick, creamy head. Filtered and clear. Smells of a bit of citrus with underlying basement character. Hops littered throughout the taste. Massive hop flavor. Doesn't taste like a 10%er. Lighter bodied. Tasty.
scotchzombie (179) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 9, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours caramel copper with a thick and foamy yellow-tinted head and thick and foamy lacing. Aroma is a wonderful floral peach. Taste is sweeter than a typical IPA and abounds with brown sugar, caramel/molasses malts, vanilla, peach and orange citrus - with a decent pine hop bite on the backend. Aftertaste include balanced notes of hop and malt. Maybe a warming linger of booze as well. This crushes other barley wines I've had. I enjoyed the heck out of this beer - outstanding. Very complex and taste-provoking.
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spacemonster (53) - Igo, California, USA - DEC 8, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
one half-step down from hog heaven yet still an incredibly tasty brew. The matls are great here.........Hops? Great.......outstanding stuff.
Smurf2055 (1064) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 8, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours clear light mahogany, finger white head.
Smell sweet burnt toffee, cinnamon, bit hoppy, bit caramel
Taste very hoppy and sweet. Almost juicy, pineapple, caramel, grapefruit
Hopsclation (79) - Chicago, - DEC 8, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
A rather one dimensional caramel hop mess from lagunitas. However if you like caramel malt and hops as I do, then what is the problem with that?
ads135 (2340) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - DEC 8, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A milder barleywine than you’d expect. Still lots of flavor, but they’ve managed to keep the body amazingly easy drinking.
Tortman18 (151) - Batavia, Illinois, USA - DEC 8, 2013
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours an opaque, dark ruby/copper with a half finger of frothy white head that dissipates quickly. A lot of sticky lacing. Nose is very hop forward with a mix of floral and pine hops. There are a lot of sweet, dark fruits mainly plum and cherry. A smooth balance of caramel and roasted malts. Mouth is very bitter and hoppy up front. A surprising amount of citrus is present with a strong grapefruit presence. That blends perfectly with the dark fruits. Very roasty with some booze, but it’s very well hidden.
VastActiv (1618) - Oulu, FINLAND - DEC 7, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at PCB, Oakland. Colour is clear dark orange with small white head. Aromas and flavours: Fruits, some sweetness and malts.
Hanuta06 (240) - Washington, USA - DEC 6, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Serving: from bottle--purchased at Full Throttle Bottles.
Aroma: moderate pine hop aroma.
Appearance: average-sized, frothy, off-white, initial head. Clear, medium-orange body.
Taste: moderately bitter, initial taste and moderately bitter, grapefruit-like finish with average duration.
Palate: medium-to-full body with dry texture, lively carbonation and metallic finish feel.
Overall: very good.
Handypaul (96) - - DEC 6, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pours clear orangy brown with a pale brown head that diminishes slowly and leaves excellent lacing. Aroma varies from bottle to bottle but is usually hop forward with sweet floral, pine and grass notes. Taste is medium to heavy sweet caramel malt and lightly bitter hops. Body is medium to full, oily texture to start leading to a sticky sweet/lightly bitter, with notes of alcohol in the finish, average carbonation. Great flavors of caramel, brown sugar, hay maltyness. Hides the alcohol reasonably well but not perfectly. I really like this one!
BucannonXC5 (665) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 6, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Lagunitas mason jar
From: Ralph’s in Hillcrest (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $8.39 (w/ Ralph’s card and 30 percent off after buying four 6-packs) for a 6-pack
Purchased: Dec. 5, 2013
Consumed: Dec. 5, 2013
Poured a amber auburn somewhat clear color with four fingers of khaki white head. A light stream of bubbles coming up at various spots of the glass. Tons of thick foamy lacing along the sides, pretty uneven. A very nice amount of layered retention on the top all the way down.
First smell you could tell it was a Lagunitas. Got floral hops, brown sugar, caramel malts, spicy notes, soap, light pine, citrus hops, lime and some toffee.
Tasted the 9.99 percent ABV right from the get-go. No hiding it there. Got caramel, brown sugar, sweet sugary floral hops, faint orange citrus hops, tropical notes and some faint toffee.
Medium body. Sticky texture. Average carbonation. Long, sugary finish.
I have to say I was a bit disappointed overall. A good beer, but not great. I have may even overrated it a bit.