gearbike (512) - West Bloomfield, Michigan, USA - MAY 14, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Light orange with a white frothy head. Different from the first smell and taste. Smell and tastes sweet like caramel and grapefruit. Very light and lively. Has a hard to describe tang. Would never have guessed the high alcohol content.
bigtaster (481) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUN 22, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, pours almost like a soda with vibrant red/brown/orange color and lots of carbonation right off the bat, it quickly dissipates. Lots of wheat and oranges on the nose and a hint of hops. Flavor is something Iíve never tasted before, serious amount of the orange sweetness and a slight bitter bite along with a tiny bit of pepper in there. At room temp I only get a slight alcohol burn. Something dances around on the tongue that is difficult to pin down, maybe the acidity along with the alcohol. In any case an extraordinarily unique beer and enjoyable. Might try again with some age on it.
JoshuaB (474) - Detroit, Michigan, USA - JUN 13, 2010
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Holy shit, this stuff is dank. Smells like the orange glo stuff you mop the floor with, but nicer. This is a high gravity beer that you can enjoy on the hottest of days along the banks of the Detroit River. Man, do I love me some shorts.
Wow, cant believe this is almost 12% ABV. Really hides it well. Good mix of ctrus, malt, and hops. Well balanced. Suiiy is jealous.
bwa5879 (449) - Portage, Michigan, USA - MAY 22, 2012
3.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep red, almost brown clear pour that produced lots of bubbles on te inside of the shaker it was poured into. Half inch orange cream head. Hoppy garlic pepper aroma. Sweet rich flavor. Hoppy, lots of distinctly orange flavor. Alcohol content is evident on the finish as are the peppercorns.
crosamich (431) - Twin Falls, Idaho, USA - JAN 4, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This bottle somehow got lost in the garage in hot Florida last year but it fared well anyway. Nice beer, blood oranges have faded (as of Jan12) as well as the spices but still noticeable and well-balanced. Alcohol was well-hidden. Blood oranges make it a bit sharp.
RyanMM (411) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - OCT 5, 2010
2.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
Pours a hazy and sediment-filled amber. No head, minimal lacing. Tons of orange on the nose, with a hint of pepper. Bittersweet orange is the first thing on the tongue, immidiately followed by the spice from those green peppercorns. This is a fail. Not digging this at all. Itís like peppery, stale, uncarbonated fruit juice.
pellegjr (390) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 13, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle, pours, well...blood orange w.thin rimy head, aroma is heavy blood orange w/ some citrus pith, spiciness, and perfume, flavor is thin smooth citrus w/ pithy bitterness on finish and light sourness, unique and tasty
johnnyoski (388) - Macomb, Michigan, USA - JUN 4, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a dark amber color with a thin white head. Heavy citrus aroma with some faint spices. Tastes like a weak screwdriver with some malts and hops mixed in. Very tangy finish with some lingering spices. Syrupy texture with average carbonation. The alcohol is hidden well in the flavor but there is some burn going down the pipes. Different for sure. Not something I would drink regularly but worth a try.
blackflag321 (387) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAY 20, 2012
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I am very leery of any fruit in beer, but I love this stuff! The blood orange pops out on the palate, but quickly fades. Then the peppercorn very subtly tingles the palate; it, too, is not overdone. Doesnít taste like any barleywine I have had . . . doesnít taste like any other beer I have had.
RoscoeJackson (378) - Michigan, USA - JUL 18, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2010 the first time i rated this i couldnít really remember it due to being too drunk when i had it. i revisited it tonight, and am lowering my rating very slightly... nice orange droplets at the very end of the pour, tons of floaties. big time citrus flavor going on. unique, as most shortís brews tend to be. worth a try, not there are better barley or wheat wines out there.