DavoleBomb (1522) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 25, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured into a snifter. Big thanks to northernbrews for this one.
3.5 A: Clear deep amber color. Half a finger of frothy cream colored head that recedes quickly and leaves one small patch of lacing.
4.0 S: No lack of citrus in this one. Lots of orange going on here along with the orange & cream lifesavers. Also some strawberry, neutral wheat, sugary candy canes, and a mild spiciness. Interesting, it really does smell like those creamsaver things.
3.5 T: Again, the orange creamsavers. This is okay, but I think itís too orange heavy. Iíd like a stronger toffee maltiness. Some grapefruit in there as well. While Iím on the topic, this has a reasonable bitterness and a stronger hop presence that I was expecting. Slightly tart and sweet in a candy way as opposed to a malty way. Alcohol is very well hidden.
3.0 M: Lighter medium body. The body is simply too damn light for a barleywine. I donít like ultra thick and sweet Bwines, but I donít like the other end of the spectrum either. Carbonation is a bit low as well. Otherwise very smooth with the smallest warming sensation on finish.
3.5 D: I like Shortís for their innovative brews. While they had a good idea here, it fell short due to the lack of maltiness (which is something I rarely suggest when considering barleywines). Still, it was worth the experience.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 08-12-2010 02:39:22
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - FEB 12, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle via trade with manny57 - Pours a mahogany color with a 3/4 finger thick off white head. Light spotty lacing. Aroma is esters and spice. Flavor is citrus, malt, and spice. Has kind of a funky finish. Taste kinda like a dry orange past its prime. Alcohol is noticeable, but doesnít feel like 11.7%. A decent beer. Thanks Ryan.
BelgianBeerGal (3374) - Panama City, Florida, USA - MAR 2, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz traded bottle. Pours a clear bronze color with a thin, bubbly off-white head. Pretty big aroma thatís tough to nail down but I could find the oranges, the hops and the spice. Thatís a pretty big taste...not sure itís my thing though. I think everything is over-powered by the peppercorn spice (specifically the green). I think I REALLY wanted the blood oranges to come through in a big way. Kudos for trying something new though. Interesting if nothing else.
Dickinsonbeer (5075) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JAN 9, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
GABF 09. Pours a bright amber body and an oily diminishing head. Aroma is zesty spiced orange peel, juicy and oily, with toasted malts dough, wheat and honey sweetness- phenolic and a bit off- fusels and high esters. Fruity flavor, orange juice, zest, pine, sweet, sugary, phenolic messy high alcohol and harsh solvent finish- a let down.
argo0 (12038) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 2, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle, thanks ryan. Crystal clear amber body, small off-white head. Aroma is moderately sweet, orange, some tartness. Taste is moderately sweet, orange, orange peel, light grapefruit. Medium body.
Rustyham (1793) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - JUL 9, 2011
3.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
A nice reddish orange color, with a great sweet ciitrus aroma. Flavor is gross though- orange flavored candy with dirty alcoholic medicinal quality, kind of like an orange flavored cough syrup. Maybe itís the wheat, but itís ruining what would otherwise be a great beer. Bottle from a trade with mibirder
tia (1218) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - NOV 5, 2011
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Amber. Smells sweet with a little tart. Taste also sweet-tart. Can get the orange.
holdenn (2088) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 18, 2010
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sampled at RBSG. Clear red pour with almost no head. Fruit malt and sugar with some alcohol. Alcohol cherry light malts. Too thin and boozy. Hmm not that good. 7/3/6/2/12
jrallen34 (3496) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 22, 2011
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Thanks to Tom... Dark bright apricot, light tan head... Very sweet nose, lots of caramel, pineapple and wheat, ok... The taste is much better, lots fruit, tart notes, not great but a better Shortís
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - AUG 9, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
20110809 12oz bottle from Champaneís, I believe, back in spring of 2010. Beautiful color is amazingly red-orange, just like a blood orange. Head was reluctant, but I did manage a lasting though loose suds with a vigorous pour. Aroma is madly potent with peppercorn and orange, but also a ton of alcohol and strong solvents. Sadly reminds me more of Goo Gone than of an orangey treat. The malts are a mess, weirdly cakey sweetness, shortbread, but then a crazy oily and resinous character that coats and dominates the palate. Goofy beer overall, but itís almost worth it just for the brilliance of such intense blood orange flavor and sensation. Alas, however, it is not quite worth it.