UXO (760) - CANADA - MAY 30, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours clear medium amber with a short light beige head diminishing rapidly to a thin skim, spotty lacing. (3/5) Nose is pine resin, dark boozy fruit, caramel and toffee. (8/10) Taste is moderately strong sweet, moderately strong bitter. (8/10) Medium body, moderate to low carbonation, warming and lingering bitter finish. (3/5)
An interesting barleywine. At this age, it’s still pretty strongly hoppy, but surprisingly not excessively hot, especially for a double digit plus ABV. Right now, the bitterness of the hops is just as pronounced as the toffee malt and the alcohol heat. I’m not sure if I’d call it “balanced”, as such - more like an armed détente, given the magnitude of each of these players. I’d be interested in seeing what this turns into as it ages - I might pick up one or two more to cellar. (15/20)
miyauchi38 (699) - chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 28, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Gnarly wine style ale.
kkleu357 (561) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 28, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap. Hazy brownish tan body. Sweet fruity aroma. Huge tastes of dark fruits like dates and raisin. Nice sweet toffee flavor as well.
GranvilleTim (1778) - Granville, Illinois, USA - MAY 27, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Mahogany pour with a tan head. Aroma is dark fruit, malt, a little sweetness to it. Taste is sweet, light flavoring of dark fruits, malt, a little hops. Excellent beer. So tasty I would pay more for it. Great lacing.
jdjuice (432) - Kumamoto, JAPAN - MAY 27, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours rich with really pretty creamy head. Aroma is piney hops, but not in-your-face IPA style, more subdued. Taste is syrupy dark fruits, little bit of sourness, followed by solid hop bitterness on the finish. Still young and a little too sweet, lots of potential for aging.
geologyguy (938) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - MAY 26, 2015
3.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
nice smooth fruity smell, light, great reddish appearance...little hoppier than expected gets a touch more with time...too overwhelming, some fruityness in there but hops overwhelm...very bold flavor!
adasko (942) - Poznan, POLAND - MAY 24, 2015
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aromat słodki, słodowy, lekko winny. Piwo ciemno miedziane, niewielka piana, spoko lacing. W smaku bardzo słodowe, słodkie, tez nieco winne delikatnie alkoholowe w posmaku. Bardzo gładkie i aksamitne. Doskonała faktura. Pomimo nieco za wysokiego nasycenia, bąbelki sprawiają wrażenie drobnych, malutkich, delikatnych. Fantastyczne piwo.
commonmac (634) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 22, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at the brewery with commonshawn, rosskyle, and wildcard. Strangely served in a mason jar. Beautiful copper but closer to amber color. Minimal head but it’s an off white color in nature. Aroma of tropical fruit and a grainy characteristic. Taste emphasizes sweetness with a healthy dose of sugar coming through. Feels Belgian and alcohol-y and dangerous. There’s a good bite towards the end but overwhelmingly rich and sweet. I’d probably go for other Lagunitas options first but it’s very good.
sjohnny (416) - - MAY 21, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A blast of resin with a hint of citrus on the nose. Pours an amber honey gold with a quickly fading bubbly white head. Wow! Not nearly as hoppy as the aroma would lead one to expect. Caramel. Vanilla. Fruit. Malty medium bodied. A healthy shot of pine and grapefruit on the finish. Pleasantly boozy.
Headbanger (3514) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAY 20, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle 5/20/15 (Binny’s Downers Grove)-38° in Snifter-Pours a ruby red with a decent sized tan head. Aroma of dried fruit, caramel, toffee, and malt. Taste of the same with some raisin notes and slight alcohol. This full bodied brew is well balanced and fill the bill on a cool evening. Great brew.