Assurbanipaul (40) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - FEB 26, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a hazy dark amber with orange highlights and a thin head. The nose is fruity, like Saturday morning cereal, sweet and light with a subtle underlying malt base.
The taste is a light caramel malt sweetness with a slick fruity flavor and a moderate hop bite. Much smoother than years past, not nearly as hoppy with a far better balance of flavors. Juicy candied oranges with a lingering hoppiness that never forces itself. Complexity? No, this is simplicity, a joyous marriage of sweet malt and dewy hops.
Mouthfeel is syrupy but surprisingly light, making the drinkability dangerously high. No flavors of alcohol and the urge is to gulp rather than sip but the need to savor holds your hand in check. In 2005, a new brewer came in and this is the new recipe, with the skill of the new brewer quite evident. Donít bother aging it anymore as time will only dull its nature.
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. Iím 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 - Iíve had this beer out of the bottle and was not impressed, but this was great. Itís hard to pull off a balanced big beer like this, but they did it. Compliments!!!