Garrold (2015) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 27, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Hop Hideout, Sheffield. 11.6%. Hazy, dark gold. Messy, filmy, bubbly, white head. Very fruity, strawberry, ripe tomato, nectarine goodness. Some vanilla infused white chocolate. Really unusual, and completely delicious aroma. Taste is white chocolate sweet, turning spicy dry, and spicy bitter. Palate is soft, airy, chewy, and boozy, although not the tune of 11 odd percent. Finishes long, rich, spicy vanilla custard, get it down your neck, chewy bitter. Lovely. Loads going on. Love that ripe tomato thing. Smells fantastic.
bnoel09 (450) - Elk Grove, California, USA - FEB 7, 2015
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Poured into a Rogue shaker. Light amber color with a mild cream colored head that dissipates. Aroma is very citrusy with some resinous hops. Flavor is more complex than the aroma suggests. Caramel malt notes along with a bunch of citrus, resinous hops, some alcohol, and some faint dark fruit notes. Barleywine + IPA makes sense! Interesting palate - thick, oily, sticky, and a touch fizzy, and it all works in beautiful harmony! This thing really is a mix of everything. Overall this is quite good and very drinkable for the ABV. I think Rogue may have pioneered a new category IIPA’s and DIPA’s move over, Barleywineish Imperial IPA sortas are set to take over as the next big trend!
snoworsummer (2713) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 26, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a bottle. Thanks Joe and Kaile. Pours opaque apricot gold with a bubbly beige head and nice lacing. Tastes like caramel, grapefruit hops, booze, orange, and a bit of spiciness. Medium body and low carbonation. Smells like citrus hops, caramel, booze, orange and floral.
CacheManyHose (290) - HONG KONG - JAN 25, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Strong orange, fruity smell. Less barleywine and stronger IPA taste than I expected. Fruit, sweet boozy fermented fruit (12% ABV!), citric resinous bitterness. Body is fizzy but has slickness and heft. A big beer but more drinkable than I thought this would be.
sonnycheeba (3903) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 25, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours hazy golden orange with creamy off-white head. Aroma is bready malts, tangerine, floral and spicy hops, and light booze. Flavor is dry and malty up front with great hop bitterness, some grassiness, and some spicy alcohol notes. Medium/full body and medium carbonation.
tcon25 (118) - Duvall, Washington, USA - JAN 22, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft pour at Rogue Issaquah brew house. Yellow pour, Fruit and hop aroma same in the taste. Good beer.
Beaver (1370) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 16, 2015
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz bottle. Pours hazy dark golden orange with a medium creamy white head that retains well and laces the glass.
The aroma is fruity piney hops with some caramel malt and some alcohol.
The flavor is sweet fruity caramel malt with lots of resiny piney hops and some harsh fusel alcohol in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with low carbonation.
Overall, nice fruit and hops but the harsh alcohol is a bit overbearing.
Iphonephan (3858) - McLean, Virginia, USA - JAN 8, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a 22 oz bottle shared at home. Pours a hazy copper with a thin off white head. Caramel nose. Flavors of ctrus. Bitter, boozy finish
HKdIPA (348) - HONG KONG - JAN 25, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Brewcraft at Alexis'. Intense orange pour. Zesty orange, very boozy aroma, very barley wine-ish. Taste is similarly boozy - very boozy, very malty, pretty hoppy too. Huge flavor. Good to sip. Rich palate. Makes me want to try more hoppy barley wines but not super drinkable.
Cirrhosis (1240) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 28, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This beer is a beautiful mess. It has no clue what it wants to be and taste awsome yet disappointing. I swear it’s a limbic IPA.......... Hazey gold micro floaties every where. This has nothing to do with barleywine. It’s a mother fucking T - Rex. Why do I hit harsh limbic like tartness in every sip. Lemon, some caramel, What the hell is this. Vannilla?? Sweetness builds the more you drink. I hate and enjoy this beer. My burps taste like hops. Man this is harsh. I don’t regret maybe I do buying this.