whaleale (11) - Athens, Tennessee, USA - FEB 21, 2014
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
No faults with this strong, brown ale. Full bodied, malty with a hint hops at the finish. Reminds me of an old ale but milder. That's a juxtaposition, sorry.
Kirkwwjd (3) - Salem, Oregon, USA - DEC 30, 2013 does not count
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Loved this beer, poured from 22oz bottle. Was very surprised. Taste very similar to a Barley Wine. Wife and I just discovered one in Portland and now are seeking them out. Dark strong beer, very hoppy. Stronger the taste the better..This is my first review and will stay away from the usual, I either like a beer or not and cannot distinguish between all of smells & taste, I know what I like...Maybe that has something to do with be color blind! Cheers!
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 (1377) - 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.
maltman53 (195) - Corrales, New Mexico, USA - DEC 26, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours deep-red copper with a small, lacy off-white head. Caramel, cooked medjool dates, christmas cake malts in the aroma. Full-bodied dark fruit and caramel malts on the palate with just the right amount of CO2. Malty, refreshing carbonation on the finish. Would go well as a desert beer alongside of sticky toffee pudding.
WanderinCelt87 (123) - Hamburg, New Jersey, USA - DEC 31, 2013
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a lovely brown with almost no head. Has a molasses aroma with a nice sweet taste.
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.