Haast (37) - Texas, USA - APR 12, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2008 bottle, poured into pint glass. Dark amber color with minimal tan head. Lots of toasty, malty flavor, backed by a slightly bitter flavor from the hops. Warming alcohol in the finish. Sweetish taste with a mildly bitter finish. A very full bodied beverage with a thick, creamy texture. Very pleasant. Need to figure out how to get more of this...
pdiddy (22) - San Marcos, Texas, USA - NOV 30, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A very drinkable barley wine. Alcohol is very well masked. It is definitely uncharacteristically smooth and very well made given its hoss geneology.
HumanBeing (19) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 27, 2011
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big sweet nose. Initial taste is hoppier than I expected. Good balance though. Balance cuts through the alcohol nicely
Hotspur (16) - Nara, JAPAN - JUN 23, 2012
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Barleywine fragrance with a hint of hops and wort. 2007 vintage. Sweet carmel flavor. A nice hint of bitterness. I’m no fan of barleywines but this is drinkable.
2late2brew (14) - the woodlands, Texas, USA - MAR 26, 2008
1 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 2/20
Bad case of Brett infection. cool stored three months (07 version) horseblanket nose, roughage spoiled flavor, but lacked acidic sourness associated with pleasent Belgian Flanders styles. hops grassy & muted. beware of this vintage.
Austinista (11) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 5, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
floral, herbs, citrus, barnyard, leaves, butterscotch, ginger, vanilla, woody, hay, caramel, cereal, banana, amber, orange, sparkling, minimal head, medium sweetness, lightly sour, umami, light body, lively, bitter,
bigbeerguy (9) - Texas, USA - JAN 26, 2006 does not count
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Wow - I liked this beer. Had it at the Gingerman in Austin when it was being served out of the cask. This was an excellent beer with what I think were Amarillo hops! Great big beer (barley wine) with great big flavor. Nice pour of a golden color with big hop aroma. It finished nice on the pallate - I’ve had this beer out of the bottle and was not impressed, but this was great. It’s hard to pull off a balanced big beer like this, but they did it. Compliments!!!