Darkmagus82 (1785) - - AUG 15, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Transfer from BA review on 11-24-12-
Poured from bottle into pint glass
Appearance – The beer pours a dark amber color with a two finger white head. The head has a lighter level of retention, fading to give a light level of lacing.
Smell – The smell is a mix of dark fruits (fig and raisin), a bready smell, as well as some hop. While the hops were largely citrus in nature, there were other smells of a floral and pine hop as well.
Taste – A sweeter dark fruit and malt taste greet the tongue. A citrus hop which is on the sweeter side is upfront, but bitters more as the taste advances transitioning more toward a grapefruit flavor toward the end of the taste. With the change in the citrus hop there also comes the presence of a light pine and herbal hop flavor. In the end the mix of the hops , dark fruits, and the nice malt flavors leave a smoother and pleasant taste on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer was on the creamier and smoother side with a carbonation level that was just below average. The creamy body was quite nice for the sweet dark fruit and lighter hops as it allowed all the flavors to really be detected by the tongue.
Overall –A nice easy drinking brew at 9% abv. It was creamy and smooth with all the flavors working in concert with one another to create a very nice flavor profile.
Darwenus (562) - Virginia, USA - AUG 10, 2014
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Not a bad beer, but it’s far too sweet for me. It pours copper brown with an average head that leaves lots of clingy, creamy lace. The aroma is molasses, brown sugar, ginger. Then the flavor is like drinking alcohol-fortified pecan pie. Every note I noticed was something sweet... graham crackers, candied nuts, honey. It’s nutty and rich, and the mouthfeel is syrupy like a barley wine. This is nowhere near as good as my favorite American strong ales, such as Arrogant Bastard and Lagunita’s own Lucky 13.
tectactoe (2200) - Michigan, USA - JUL 19, 2014
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle: Syrupy, thick looking copper pour, nearly opaque. Not much head at all. A light khaki film is there for a second, but dissipates immediately. Aroma of sweet plums, prunes, light anise, apple skins, some mild sticky caramel, & some finishing red grape. Smells like a fruit barley wine. Taste is the same, with the inclusion of lightly herbal & mostly earthy hops. A big caramel & toffee malt backbone with sweet dark fruit, prunes, dates, a bit of clump yeast, & more red grape. Sticky, sweet finish. This one gets cloying pretty quickly, even with the moderate hoppage up front. Kind of a weird hybrid of an overly hopped, yet old barley wine. Not my wheelhouse, but not undrinkable by any means.
VTHopHead (1511) - Barre, Vermont, USA - JUL 4, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft - Positive Pie (Hardwick) - Pours a dark copper color with a small off-white head that left some lacing on the glass. Aroma Aroma is brown sugar, caramel and dark fruit... little hops. Flavor is similar... finish is slightly sweet and lingering...
JStax (3172) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - JUN 29, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 ounce bottle pour into a snifter. Pours a clear copper with a white head of foam. The aroma reminds me a lot of an English barley wine with its notes of raisins, figs, and toffee. The taste is softly sweet with notes of prune and raisin. Mouthfeel is a little sticky. Low to moderate carbonation. Pretty damn good and much better than the ratings indicate.
llcooldave (1113) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - JUN 19, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark copper brown in the glass. Slightly sweet smoky molasses aroma. Flavor is mostly a spicy sweet clove and cinnamon followed by peppery aftertaste. Overall, a solid brew. Thanks to BarZigKin for his generosity!
hopwine (375) - Bend, Oregon, USA - MAY 3, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark, very red amber pour with a magnificent off white head. Sweet caramel, booze, brown sugar, raisin, faint bitterness, bread crust finish. Lots of heat on this bad boy still. A little rough around the edges but overall this beer is another insane value from lagunitas.
Onslow (1206) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - APR 28, 2014
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pour from a 22oz bottle. Deep drown/copper brew with small tan head. Aroma of overripe fruit, molasses, sweet malt. Taste is sweet malt, caramel, spoilt fruit, a kinda rough resin at the end. Interesting and strong.
GreatDane1632 (509) - North Dakota, USA - APR 24, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Notes from 3 June 2011 -- 12oz bottle on the Billy Bowlegs Pub Crawl, Good aroma, Really great flavor. Makes a good "walking beer" during a festival. Flavor didn’t change much during the temperature change during the walk down the street for the festival, very pleasant throughout.
htzpah (99) - - APR 24, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Reminds me of something from Belgium, amazing to think we can brew this in America. Great dark head, beautiful quad looking color. Very boozy nose, plenty of malt. Flavors of plum and a creamy finish.