Strykzone (4401) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - AUG 24, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bomber from Hayduke. A cinnamon amber colored beer that has a nice tan two finger head. As the bottle was opened a delicious aroma of complex fruit including grapes wafted out. A closer sniff brings sticky raisins, rich caramel, and chocolate. This is complex in flavor and quite nice. Chocolate is in front but certainly does not dominate. Raisins, those rich malts, and as in the aroma that fruit is very tasty. I over filled the glass and got some on my fingers. They are now completely sticking to the glass. A sure sign of huge malts. Hops were barely noted. Alcohol was not tasted and only minimal warming. But I can feel the effects of the alcohol. This beer is delicious and is right down the middle of my wheel house.
pinkzambia (1389) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAR 10, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap: Super cloudy gold with a significant off-white head. Sweet, yummy hop aroma with dry leather. Robust flavors of hops, hairspray, dry grass. Nice finish.
Gription79 (2131) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - FEB 7, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at the Mountain Brewers Festival. Nice malt character, vanilla, bourbon, caramel, chocolate, grainy, fruity. Great beer.
hayduke (3130) - Eureka, California, USA - JUL 21, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On draft at the Salmon River Brewpub in McCall, ID. This poured a copper color, with a light brown head and moderate lacing rings. The nose is caramel malts with some floral hops dominating. Medium plus in body, the mouthfeel is a bit raw and alcoholic. This one could use aging. The flavor is quite malty with a multitude of flavors including some fruit and chocolate, with again some floral hops showing. The finish is lightly bitter and malty. Overall a good barley wine, though I would prefer this be in a bottle and allowed to age a year or two.