xmarcnolanx (929) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - MAR 16, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Lies! This is not a double IPA. This is an ASA or Barleywine.
Aroma is dense, dark fruit, chocolate, and citrusy hops. Rich, complex aroma.
Taste is initially citrus hops, rind, chocolate malt.
Finishes crisp and dry. Very English style in the B-wine aspects, dry, citrus, et cetera.... However the chocolate malt throws me. This is too rich and complex to be an IPA, definitely a B-wine or ASA, barring that.
Sickboy282 (1114) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 16, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a deep, deep brown hue with a light tan head with some of the best lacing I have seen in a while. Aromas of pine, a little floral, dried fruit. Flavors of pine, citrus a light cocoa note with a light, somewhat creamy mouth feel. While many compare this to bigfoot, I find it to be a lot smoother both with alcohol burn and finish. The chocolate malts add a nice roast to the finish.
Naka (719) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 15, 2008
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black with a 2-finger light beige head. Really nice lacing as well. Has a nose of floral hops and a little bit of fruity undertones, but it is really light and understated. Achieves being very sweet and bitter simultaneously. Some chocolate and caramel maltyness, but leaves a huge piney bitter taste on the tongue. One of the best bodied beers I’ve ever had. I want to eat it with a spoon.
cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - MAR 15, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
16.9 oz. bottle from Liquid Solutions - Pours a brown color with a huge light tan head. Well it took about 5 minutes for the head to settle enough to start drinking the beer. Thick lacing. Aroma is light toasted malt and lightly spiced hops. Flavor has that sweet Maris Otter taste. Nicely balanced this the spicy, herbal flavor of the hops. Very smooth. Full body. A very nice beer.
jake65 (3444) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - MAR 14, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Dark chestnut colored pour wtih a large, creamy beige head. Thick lacing. Malty and citrus filled aroma with bits of pine. Piney and citrus hops blend with some chocolatey maltiness. Bits of roast and a little candied sugar. Smooth and creamy with a nice warming sensation. I wish I would have known this was an IIPA rather than a BW so I could have tasted it fresher. Still, quite nice.
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 13, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled. My label says "Barley Wine Style Ale" under the "#100." Beer is very dark brown, nearly opaque. Head is large, tan, frothy/creamy. Diminishes steadily but mostly lasts. High bridges of lacing stick on the glass.<P>The aroma’s initial impression is a varied hop bouquet growing in a garden of earthy malts. Malty with moderate notes of toasted grain, lighter note of toasted bread crust; Hoppy with moderate-to-heavy notes of resin/pine, grapefruit oil, moderate dried apricot, herb, light lemony grassy notes; Yeasty with a light-to-moderate note of deep cellar; Light woodsy note of frail raisin, pepper.<P>The flavor is forceful. Moderately sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter with a long, heavily bitter, lightly-to-moderately acidic, lightly sweet finish. Aftertaste grips lightly and lingers on and on.<P>The body is full, the texture is watery-to-syrupy and the carbonation is average.<P>Very much a IIPA. A nice example, but still doesn’t sway my dislike for a lot of hop in my step.
beerbill (3605) - Laurel, New York, USA - MAR 13, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
16.9 oz. bottle. Pours a dark brown with a moderately large, long-lasting, dense head that left very nice lacing as it receded. Very pleasant fruity aroma with lots of caramel and some alcohol notes as well. The flavor is caramel up front followed with some fruit and a bit of pepper. Bitter finish with a definite warming from the alcohol also present at the finish. Very good.
mybestfriend (263) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - MAR 12, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a dark brown colour with a beige head. At first I did not get all that much on the nose - but after a while the aromas opened up - dried fruits (raisins), malt, some spices and liquorice. Flavour is quite sweet and complex - dried fruits, peppery alcohol, malt, spices and salt (which made me think of moist snuff). A good amount of bitterness. The finish is quite dry, roasted and salt. Good one!
marcus (9222) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAR 10, 2008
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This dark brown ale poured with a fluffy tan head. The flavor is malt and toffee with a chalky slightly bitter peppery finish. This beer is not sweet enough to be considered a barleywine, as clarified in the Editor’s note. However, it is an excellent double IPA.
Juelze (1144) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 8, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a black color with off white head. Aroma is rich caramel, alcohol and toffee. Taste is has a spicy hoppiness to it with the usual barleywine suspects, caramel, alcohol and toffee. Slighty fruit and peppery. Finally, something decent from Nogne.