Dmalone102 (223) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 26, 2009
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Interesting concept here. I’ve heard many a debate about whether a beer is a DIPA or a Barley wine, so the lines are crossed occasionaly. I don’t have a problem seeing the difference between the two styles, but I can see how they are similar. Also, I did read a post from Doug Odell on the Mountain forum on the BA website in which he cited a problem with too much trub and sludge in the final product, it didn’t prevent me from buying this however. Let’s see what happens!
APPEARANCE- Very cloudy, amber in color. Poor appearance
AROMA- Grapefruit explosion! Spicy phenols, green-apple esters, low malt aroma.
TASTE- Not overbearing or cloying at all, great hop flavor!
PALATE- Big body, pretty chewey. Pretty thick due to lots of yeast sediment.
OVERALL- Too Yeasty. Without all of the yeast trub it would be incredible, but the yeastiness detracts from the fresh flavor that would dominate this beer.
Pecan (49) - California, USA - DEC 20, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours amber with an established white head. Aroma is mainly notes of citrus and floral hops. Taste is initially the same, blasting strong hop flavors but becomes more cooperative with the taste of malt with continued drinking. Seems mislabeled as a barley wine, despite the subtle malt flavors coming through. Overall, decent and worth trying.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 20, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml from Liquor Max - thanks, Nick! This one gushed out of the bottle like it was a prison break, dayum. After a struggle to get this under control (including counter spillage, etc.), it turned out to be a lovely pour. Vibrant, glowing orange with some sediment and - obviously - a huge pillowy head. The nose is quite fine too, with grassy hops, intense malt and BW heat, and a lingering thick sweetness. The taste, however, isn’t quite coherent yet, with each of the above elements wrestling for dominance, with the result being a slightly rough beer - as if to confirm the struggle imagery, the empty glass reveals not just sediment but big chunks that could almost be brown sugar granules. Whoa.
Rusty (1545) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - DEC 19, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a nice amber with a large white head. Aroma is citrus, hops, malt, bread, caramel. Flavor is citrus, bread, malt, hops, full bodied with lots of malt to balance out the hop bitterness. A good barleywine, but ouch it hurts at sixteen bucks a pop.
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - DEC 17, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle from Plaza Liquors - Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a large off white head. Light lacing. Aroma is floral, pine, and citrus hops and fruity esters. Flavor is much of the same. Medium body. At this point, the beer is very IPAish. Lots of hops with a tad bit of malt lying in wait. If you like your BW’s to be malt, give it another 6 months to a year. A good beer.
Bockyhorsey (2610) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - DEC 13, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ML Bottle. Fruity citrus and floral notes of an IIPA hit the nose and kinda wonder. Orange body with off white head. Cool and crisp citrus hop bomb to start with. Secnd glass had more of the sweet chewy malt bread notes. Sweet citrus and an heavy forehead after this one. Good mix and enjoyable brew on the palate the Palestong peeeps would all enjoy.
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 10, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A Mes rate. Bottle at Borefts 10am day after hotel tasting.
Amber / orange colour with a thin off white head. Awesome hops in the aroma but some awful wet dog notes in the background hold it back. Thankfully the wet dog does not appear in the flavour. Sadly the canine is replaced by some very astringent medicinal notes. The hop flavours are still excellent, it’s just too harsh for me to really enjoy it. Worth a drink though.
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 9, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750mL bottle poured into a tulip.
The cork popped loudly on this one and after a calm first pour, the beer just started to pour out of the bottle and a minute or so. The initial pour was fairly clear amber with a huge fluffy white head, but the second pour was a super murky light amber with a much smaller head.
The most noticeable aspect of the aroma is the hefty citrus hop profile, with oranges and pineapples filling the nose. The malt sweetness is fairly light in the nose and almost bready with less caramel malt and certainly less sugar and toffee than I was expecting.
The taste is more of the same though the citrus hops give way a little quicker to a more substantial caramel malt backbone with some sugary fruits and a slightly bitter, citrus hop finish.
The mouthfeel is slick with soft carbonation and very sticky with hops. It’s probably a little bit lighter feel than I would like ideally, but it’s not watery.
This a hoppy barleywine that is fairly green right now with lots of hops and a modest malt balance, and overall I think this one will be even better with some age on it. Tastes closer to a DIPA right now.
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - DEC 5, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is a good beer but WTF man. I needed a pair of vice grips and a wine rabit to get the fxn cork out. Not to mention only after I realined my teeth, on both sides. This is a double IPA with no sign of BW in sight. Good strength of flavor, hop, malt, aroma but very IPA. I don’t believe in naming your beer "whatever". Your beer is a style not a marketing ploy. This is a damn good DIPA though. Big effers, big hop component, balanced. Seriously, I laughed my ass off at how much effort I used to get this freakin cork out. The cork is in three pieces. Definitely a unique experience.
bu11zeye (12314) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - DEC 2, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Draught) Pours a clear golden body with a medium cream head. Aroma of grass, caramel, orange, apricot, and pine. Flavor of hops (juicy citrus, pine, grass), caramel malt, and earth with a dry, bitter finish.