AmEricanbrew (5200) - Belcher, Louisiana, USA - JAN 22, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear medium brown color/ tan head. Nice pit fruit sweet, mild alcohol aromas. Smooth medium body. Rich raison, toffee, pit fruit sweet flavors, drying boozy finish. good.
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - DEC 30, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2009 1/2 pint on the fly at san Clemente locale with D at my side. Malty, strong, like angels share without the barrels. Very good.
mastabass666 (277) - California, USA - DEC 28, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Pizza Port San Clemente. Dark brown with almost no head. Aroma-honey, hay, caramel. Taste- molasses, barley, earthy, hops in the finish, warm. Pretty nice.
WeeHeavySD (3356) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - DEC 22, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Strong Ale 2009. Pours dark amber with a tan head. Nose is hoppy and sweet. Taste is hopped up and has a good barleywine.
JohnnyJ (3893) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 14, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at SD Strong Ale Fest 09. Red/brown pour. Caramel, sweet malt, some dark fruit, and nuts. Decent barleywine.
Ungstrup (27643) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JUN 6, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at San Clemente. A deep red beer with a thin off-white head. The aroma is sweet malty combined with notes of caramel, alcohol, and nuts. The flavor is sweet with strong notes of caramel and alcohol, as well as medium notes of malt and nuts, leading to a dry, nutty, and alcoholic finish. The alcohol leaves a burn on the palate.
alexanderj (3196) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - DEC 20, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at PP San Clemente. Really dark for the style. Red and brown clored with a tan head. Aroma of vanilla, caramel, fruit, yeast, and a light hint of brown sugar. Flavor was very smooth and surprisingly yeasty. Also, caramel and fruit in pretty solid doses. Not elite, but I liked it more than most people have.
kmweaver (3200) - Petaluma, California, USA - NOV 27, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft @ Pizza Port - San Clemente. Pours a dense, cherry-cola color; light-tan head with excellent, fine-bubbled lacing. Lots of sticky brown sugar and dried fruits in the aroma; some toffee and caramel; comes off a bit heavy in the brown sugar. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: lots of dense dried dark fruits and brown sugar and dark malts without much balancing bitterness or crispness; underattenuated. Lengthy finish: brown sugar, dried fruits, toffee, and a light toastiness at the far end.
Hairofthedog (419) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 2, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
The aroma and flavor were nutty with dark fruit and alcohol esters. The beer poured a rich reddish brown color with nice head and lacing. The mouthfeel was creamy and full bodied.
BrotherGrendel (787) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 23, 2008
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
On draft at O’Brien’s for CBC/WBC.
Appearance is a dark yet clear amber hue, light off-white head dissipates, minimal lacing.
Smell is sweet chocolate malts, grassy and piney malts, alcohol, and dark fruits, overall muted for the style.
Taste is blast of chocolate malts, piney hops, and dark fruits, malts quickly drop out leaving the hops to dominate throughout, some fluffy marshmallow near the end, finishes dry and pine bitterness.
Mouthfeel is full-bodied, watery thin texture, moderate carbonation.
Drinkability is fair, the thin texture and hop dominance is out-of-whack for the style, the malt and fruit presence is sorely lacking, plenty of better BW choices out there.