peter (445) - Normal, Illinois, USA - MAY 12, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Dark ruby in the glass with a medium to tight head.
Nose is malty, with some notes of alcohol and bubblegum. Fairly sweet in the mouth, like a scotch ale with none of the smoke. It is a good beer, that reminds me of a strong brown ale.
doubleo (1432) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 12, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber from Bevmo. Pours murky brown with a medium sized, fizzy, white head that leaves specks of lace. Smells nicely balanced with some iced teamalts and sweet fruity hops. Tastes about the same. Fruity and sweet, balanced with some iced tea. Medium body, good carbonation.
Scubatrip (610) - Annandale, Virginia, USA - MAY 11, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From the bottle, pours dark crimson with a decent off white head. Aroma is quite malty, earthy, lending to some sweet flavor potential. A little rough in flavor, but smooths out as you drink it. Very clean finish, i wouldn’t say this is so complex as to warrant a huge rating, but it’s a fine beer.
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAY 11, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Whole Foods in Durham. Under $5, so hells yeah. Pours clear, nondescript brown with orange tint. Small head. Nose of tasty hops, citrus, mild vanilla, and light, fruity toffee malts. More sweetness on the taste. Thin palate. For the price, this is damn good.
patrickfannon (1241) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 11, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Mexican Food Factory with James. Pours deep honey brown-amber with a thick, one finger, frothy white head. Aroma of barley, rye, figs, roasted malts, caramel, vanilla, and slight hints of chocolate. Thick, robust palate with a full, creamy body. Finishes with a slight warming. Very good American strong ale.
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 10, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
The pour is a mostly clear, chestnut color with a fairly small, beige, frothy head which is somewhat lasting and leaves minimal, frothy lace. The nose is a bit faint but pleasant with some nutty undertones, pine resins, pink grapefruit, and hints of caramel and floral. The flavor is better with more of malt backbone; caramel and toffee richness, almonds, pink grapefruit sweetness, and a moderate bitterness from piney, resiny notes. The palate is a bit thin but seems to work well for the beer; a medium body, a thin/velvety texture, and a nearly lively carbonation. The finish loses some of the malt backbone but still nice with resiny bitterness, almonds, and pink grapefruit. A pretty typical Lagunitas beer; fairly strong ABV, pleasant hop presence/bitterness, and some malt to keep things in balance. I did find this one with a few flaws but still an extremely drinkable beer for the ABV. Nice beer but not my favorite from this brewery.
mrandypandy (3) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 10, 2010 does not count
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle purchased at Hop City in Atlanta.
A - pours clear, medium brown with nice ruby highlights when held up to the light. White head leaves decent lacing as I go through the glass.
S - Surprisingly hoppy. Citrus hops dominate what appears to be a roasty/toasted malt finish. Average.
T - Barleywine qualities to this beer. Heavy malt backbone with a strong (citrus) hop presence in the front. Roasted malts certainly make their presence felt, but they are outdone by the hops. Almost a "burnt" quality to it.
M - Medium body, carbonated and lively on the tongue. Slightly sweet but offset by the hops.
D - Not even 8%, but a beer you really need to sip and enjoy slowly. I couldn’t do another bottle in one sitting, but I would have another on a separate occasion.
Overall, a decent beer but nothing that blows me out of the water. Tastes like countless other "strong ales" or "barlewines" I’ve had before, but a good representation of the style nonetheless. Worth a try, but don’t go out of your way. This one has been done before, and in better fashion.
Aubrey (3509) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - MAY 10, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Great-looking beer: deep burgundy with clear and bright, ruby-red highlights and a sudsy, long-lasting head. Roasty and toasty from start to finish, but not too heavy with either. Had a solidly sweet malt base that carried notes of toffee and rock candy. Rewarding finish with a nice amount of bitterness. Alcohol was hidden well. Tasty beer, and surprisingly easy to drink.
bu11zeye (12756) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAY 10, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(22oz bottle) Pours a clear amber body with a medium beige head. Aroma of grass, pine, caramel, and citrus. Flavor of caramel, toffee, grapefruit, light pine, nuts, and grass with a somewhat bitter finish.
SpringsLicker (3466) - Tennessee, USA - MAY 10, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at tasting at stevo’s.
Deep copper with a tan head.
Citrus hop aroma.
The flavor is somewhat one-dimensional, with an overall bitterness to the palate.