Brewsta (15) - Colorado, USA - NOV 10, 2012
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
White, foamy, long lasting head atop a light golden, cloudy beer. The aroma is very nice, dominated by citrusy, piney, and light floral hops with a pleasant sweet caramel aroma lingering in the background. The flavor is intense much like the aroma with an added spiciness from the alcohol and hops. This is a thick beer, chewy even, to which the hop bitterness and spiciness are presented.
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Beershine (5218) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - NOV 20, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft @ SF taproom. Murky muddled middle of the road brown. Smells like a big barleywine, a big hoppy barleywine with lots of fresh pine needles. Very very very chewy and also very hot. An intensity. But you know, it’s a good hoppy winter warmer. I actually like sipping this. Nice spicy hops, enhanced by the drying alcohol. So strong, really it’s too strong and I was hungover the next day. Also, it destroyed my palate, which was rescued by a Witch’s Tit, which was thankfully the guest tap that day.
Oakes (12552) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 25, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Amber and a little bit of haze. The aroma is big with floral and slightly grapefruity hops. Rich - maybe too much so - with massive bitterness and massive sweetness. Thick, syrupy, minty with rich caramels. Lightly orangey fruitiness. Not as drinkable as their regular DIPA, more like a Hog Heaven-style barley wine instead.