toxichop (512) - South Gate, California, USA - APR 11, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
P: Dark amber with a two finger thick white/tan head. S: Sharp alcohol, pine bittering hops, caramel, wood, and brown sugar. T: Caramel, piney hops and lemon zest. M: Syrupy and rather sticky. O: Not the most enjoyable but I do know that againg helps this one. I had a four year old bottle a few years back and thought it was super mellow and enjoyable but never took notes on it. Oh well, looks like one is going to the cellar.
eros47 (53) - Huntington Park, California, USA - MAR 8, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2014 release. Beautiful Ruby appearance. Off white head. Good combination of tropical and floral hops, the malts perfectly balance the bitterness.
brokensail (13757) - Orange County, California, USA - MAR 11, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Amber pour with a khaki head. Nose is sweet caramel, brown sugar, and toffee. Light pine and grapefruit peel hop notes, lightly floral, and somewhat toasty. There’s a nice malt sweetness of brown sugar, caramel, and toffee. A bit of toasted bread, some grapefruit and orange peel, floral hops, and a mild pine bitterness. A hint of alcohol and some hints of dark fruit.
pdx77 (1484) - Oregon, USA - MAR 9, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On draught at Lucky Labrador Barleywine and Big Beer Festival. Metallic aroma. Not as caramely and hoppy as I expected. More like an imperial IPA than a barleywine. Nice bitterness on finish though.
dreadnord (1013) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 17, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2007 bottle. I've been saving this for a long time. Pours dark brown with a small off white. Nose is cotton candy, caramel, hay, pastry and booze. The taste is still bitter. Wow. Good base sweetness but the flavor has rounded out so well. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, body is heavy and finish is long.
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PilsnerPeter (3030) - Flushing, New York, USA - OCT 14, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Notes from my backlog: Opaque pour with a khaki ring of head. Big boozy aroma. Licorice, anise, alcohol- stings the nostrils. Big alcoholic palate. Lots of burn and ethanol in the flavor. Licorice, salty notes. Abrasive with no subtlety.
tkrjukoff (4206) - SWEDEN - APR 14, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 33 cl, trade. Pours deep dark redish amber with a small beige head leaving lace. Aroma is very malty, bready, sweet raisins and fidges, fruits, caramel and a bit spicy. Flavor is light malty and sweet eith some raisins to begin with, more malty body bitterness and some phenolic fruits in the middle finishing with pungent bitter and dry aftertaste together with warming alcohol.
Smurf2055 (1400) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 29, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours clear light ruby with little head. Smell is light/mild, very dark fruit, lighter brown sugar smells. Spicy taste, sweet, fruity, juicy, medium bodied, bit of alcohol heat. Good.
joshj2176 (103) - California, USA - FEB 20, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a red orange in tint, pretty light looking with a slight layer of see through head. Smells malt driven as is typical of barley-wines, however I could still sense hops, which is interesting. It is extremely malty, I could almost taste cherry. Decent barleywine overall.
mcberko (10077) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 13, 2011
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
3 oz. sample on tap at Brouwer’s Café for Hard Liver, pours dark mahogany. Aroma of light toasted malts and caramel – pretty one-dimensional. Flavour is very syrupy, overly sweet caramel and candy. Palate is way too syrupy and cloying. A little offensive, really.