aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - NOV 22, 2007
1.6 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Smells like spicy urinal cake and mildew. Diacetyl and alcoholic cough syrup. Blecchh!
GG (1980) - NorCal, California, USA - FEB 26, 2007
1.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
On tap at Lodi Beer Co. - This might just be the worst barleywine I’ve ever had. This really was medicinal to the extreme. In fact, it reminded me of drinking Nyquil and I think Nyquil is more complex than this. This stuff gave me the shivers when I drank it. An aroma of medicine, overly sweet with a bit of raisins. Hard to get anything past that wall of Nyquil. Color was deep amber and clear. Mouthfeel was cloyingly thick. Flavors were just too damned medicinal for me to even try to pick-up anything. Just an awful mess.
DYCSoccer17 (3012) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 20, 2007
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
4 ounce sample on tap at Sacramento Brewing’s Barleywine festival. Malty, sweet, sugary, raisin-like nose. Some brown sugar is also detected. Sweet aroma without much in the way of hops. Moderately hazy dark amber colored body with a nice, off-white head. Sweet, fruity, raisiny, brown sugary, malt flavors to start. Becomes more fruity with some cherry-like flavors in the middle and mild bitterness in the end. Light hops and ethanol is absent as well. Smooth, mellow, and very drinkable. I think I’m gonna have to make a trip to Lodi to check out this brewpub.