knickerbocker (13) - USA - DEC 4, 2002
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Man for a New Yorker brought up on the old east coast beers and ales
to have been able to experience a deep, satisfying, rich, hearty, bitter - sweet,
excellent brew from Petaluma. This is what it’s all about.
Have I died and gone to Ale heaven?
SanfordBrewer (1369) - Sanford, Florida, USA - JUL 16, 2010
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
lucent mahogany, lasting dense tan head, creamy full body, medium co2.
aroma: creamy hops.
taste: very caramely malt, tobacco leaf hops, a bit of oaky sweetness.
great creamy body, perfectly balanced, hides alcohol well.
jriggenbach (9) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 23, 2007 does not count
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
One of the best winter ales brewed in America. It won’t be everyone’s favorite, but you owe it to yourself to give it a try, particularly if you’re a lover of barleywine style ales.
RoyalVagrant (3) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 23, 2010 does not count
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
I have been waiting all year for this. Finally on tap at the Petrol station in Houston.
mwsf (360) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 13, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Gorgeous deep mahogany color. Full head. Poured very thick from the bottle. Spicy aroma with lots of malt, caramel, and ’C’-hops. Surprisingly no alcohol aroma or flavor. This is a full-frontal assault on the palate. Caramel, toffee, dark chocolate. Full bitterness balanced by a mouthful of malt. Thick and creamy. Friggin’ excellent! This used to be on tap for $3.50 a pint at the Covered Wagon and believe me, I walked out wrecked every time I went there.
HumbertHumbert (77) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 11, 2006
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle aged for 18 months before opening. I bought the orignal 6-pack and drank most of it, but decided to save a bottle since I thought it was a little rough at first go. What a difference the time made! This is one of the best beers I’ve had in a long time. Nice port aroma with flavors of vanilla, port, espresso, and hops. A rich creamy mouthfeel that starts off like a stout and finishes like a barleywine. The flavors were all perfectly integrated; the sweetness was not cloying and the hop finish was potent but not rough or overwhelming. some of the higher-hopped strong ales tend to leave alot phlegm in the back of the throat, but this one finished clean and smooth like good Sumatra Mandehling despite the obviously high alpha. I really didn’t expect much from aging as it appears to be filtered, so was very surprised. I highly recommend putting a few of these away for a little while.
STEPHENDR (478) - California, USA - JUL 21, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Dark brown -off white frothy head - soy sauce, coffee, alcohol - taste malt, coffee, soy sauce, spicy, honey -thick body- aftertaste malty, salty slightly bitter
Beerathon (791) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 29, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Fan-freakin-tastic! Deep burgundy color with a think tan head. Aroma of some hops, alcohol, and fruit. Loved this beer.
Kinz (3104) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - MAR 28, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Originally sampled this during the brewery tour with Nicole. Although enjoyable, I was too busy taking in the entire experience to give an entirely accurate rating. So I followed Nicole's directions to a local market and picked up a bottle to bring back to the Commonwealth to try in a more sedate setting. Deep red, pillow head. Just beautiful. Aroma is restrained, yet balanced and full, with a touch of grapefruit, roastiness, and molasses tinged malts. Flavors match closely to the nose, with a definite malt heaviness, balanced by an everpresent hop bitterness. In a style marked by brashness, Lagunitas has achieved a symphony of balance and restraint. But this beer is by no means a wallflower. Well done, and shows the deft touch of a brewmaster who has come into his own.
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JAN 3, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This was a big one, with deep malty aromas that entice your palate inviting you to take a drink and order another. Aroma of fresh bread, fruit and some pine needles mixed with a little grapefruit and pineapple. Themouthfeel is almost too much too handle, lots of dark fruits, burnt toast, a little hot in the aftertaste, but it lingers on and on long after you have swallowed. Do not take this one lightly, it will put you over the edge.