aracauna (3036) - Georgia, USA - DEC 18, 2002
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cloudy medium brown with a moderate head. Fades to a nice weather patten. Iím not seeing the presence of alcohol in the aroma like has been mentioned by others. A seet malt dominates the nose along with somethign like strawberries past their prime and maybe a slight bit of banana. The alcohol kicks in a bit in the flavor and seems unbalanced at first combined with the bitter grapefruit peel hops but fades into the malt further into the glass. The alcohol is only truly noticed by the mild burn as it travels to the stomach. The mouthfeel is actually a bit soft and with the alcoholic warmth make this a comforting beer, great for relaxing. The only real drawback is the malt is slightly unbalanced by the bitterness of the alcohol and hops. Iím glad that Legion242 gave me two bottles so that I can see how this turns out in a year or two.
fly (1417) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - DEC 2, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 16, 2007 The first real BIG beer to come from Texas in a bottle that Iím aware of - YEEHAW! Not the best barleywine Iíve ever sampled, but showing many of the characteristics of them. I agree that this one show all the potential of coming out of cellaring with excellent results. Fingers crossed.
------ got the chance to have this on draft and must say that it was EXCELLENT! Smooth and balanced and almost TOO easy to drink.
THe only reason I havenít made separate notes for each year produced is that Iím an idiot. 2007 is nice straight out of the gate. I have no clue how it will age, but it seems very harmonious this year. Having consumed a Hop Wallop prior, will state the obvious in that it could esily be far hoppier than I noted tonight. I got more malt, not that it was lacking in hops nor balance - just a vague recollection of the first year and how intense I remember that one (only one bottle left for me *sigh*)
Maybe Iíll add more notes tomorrow - to tired to continue winging this addition.
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 3, 2002
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I disagree with the other raters who claim that this beerís alcohol isnít well-hidden. I think for over 11%, itís about what Iíd expect (itís a barleywine, for godís sake!). Oddly, this brew is light copper in color and is slightly carbonated (moreso than Iíd expect from a barleywine).
nstal (237) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 6, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Alcohol...thatís what this beer screams at you. The taste is very complex yet not balanced very well. This beer is brand new and could probably use some shelf time.
legion242 (2143) - Richardson, Texas, USA - JUL 13, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
TAP- orange in color; pours with decent head that is instantly obliterated by the alcohol; Nose of alcohol and rye- might be able to catch a buzz form the nose alone! Huge hit of rye in the jowls and the throat burns nicely with alcohol. There is no attempt to mask the alochol in this one. Unbalanced as hell, yet strangely alluring. First sip might turn you off, but I know youíll go back for a second and third and fourth, etc. Iíve got bottles of this that I am gonna sit on, and rerate at 6 month intervals, because this could definitely benefit form some aging.
AceOfHearts (1375) - Mountain View, California, USA - JUN 24, 2002
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
The only two times Iíve puked in the past year were due to barleywine, so you should float my rating of this up a point if you like the style. Floral smell, fruitiness. Reddish, cloudy. Alcohol prominent in the taste, somewhat wine-like. Seemed smooth at first but it had an aftertaste that I did not like at all.
Andrew196 (1091) - Katy, Texas, USA - JUN 21, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Itís about time a brewer in Texas got sack enough to do something like this. After several weeks of waiting for approval, this stuff finally made it on tap in central Texas. It was a pretty hazy red...fruity nose. Not very good in the beginning, but it got much better as it warmed. Very complex taste...unidentifiable fruits, alcohol very dominant....weird aftertaste that took some getting used to. A pint of this was 7 bucks at the gingerman! kinda steep, but a pint of this will damn near put you away....keep an eye on this brewery.