SamuraiArtist (292) - portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 24, 2007
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle: Pours an amber color with a 1 finger off-white dissipating head. Aroma is malty sweet with green and seedy fruit aroma. Flavor is malty and fruity with some alcohol burn and a pretty decent bitter finish but without any hoppy flavors. Far too much of the flavor is alcohol. And the body is a bit light especially for the style. Pretty bad barleywine wise.
505 (271) - Echo Park, California, USA - JUL 8, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice aroma, sweet, and pretty hoppy. Amber pour. Nice flavor, caramel, hops, licorice. Pretty full boddy. I liked the beer pretty well, but it was my third of the night, so taste buds were starting to disappear. PRetty nice stuff though.
brewandbbq (269) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 24, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours hazy, dark copper, with an off-white head of a half-inch. The thinnish head falls within two minutes to a partial skim coat on the surface with some errant lacework.
Aromatics are a blend of grapefruit and caramelized malt, with a pungent edge that promises bitterness.
The mouthfeel is on the full side of medium, sticky and chewy.
The pallet is quite malty with plenty of ridgid bitterness and citrus zest.
Assertively hopped and certainly along the lines of an American style barleywine.
The malt backbone is substantial, as is the bitterness, and hop flavors in general.
Alcohol is warming and the brew has a slight numbing quality on the tongue.
Still pretty brash and aggresive, but there are already some faint wet cardboard notes coming through.
blackmurder (236) - Whitaker, Oregon, USA - JUL 25, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
A nice one for the price, but not too tasty in the summer. Pours a hazy amber with hues or maroon. Smells of muscat grapes, raisins, and figs. A very mellow barleywine flavor with a thick mouthfeel that clings to your tongue.
Great for the price.
dhlesq (233) - Thousand Oaks, California, USA - MAR 4, 2006
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
2006-Aroma of floral hops and grapes. Appears a crystal clear reddish-orange hue some slow effervescence of small bubbles, and with little or no head. Flavor is intensely, overpoweringly hoppy, with a huge thick malt base that tastes of caramel; this beer could potentially require years to settle down and meld but right now it is assaulting. Palate is thick and syrupy. Overall, this beer may be stupendous in years to come, but right now it is not great.
DrunkenWeasel (224) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 24, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark amber with a small white head. Smells of coffe and strongly of caramel and barley. Taste is a smooth barley sweetness with some caramel and coffeee notes, not as intense as some barleywines but nice. Despite being quite alcoholic there is no taste of alcohol and itís quite easy to drink. Enjoyable beer, not ground breaking but quite nice.
RunDWP (203) - San Jose, California, USA - SEP 3, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Copper brown color with thick head, and lots of lacing and sheeting on the glass. Toffee aroma. Flavor dominated by toffee, with some tea and brandy notes. Strong alcohol presence warmed me up, but also threatened to dominate the brew. A bit on the strong side, but otherwise, good sipping brew.
keidjxz (183) - Fullerton, California, USA - OCT 30, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark in color with a sweet aroma of caramel. Malty caramel flavor that isnít overly sweet with a bitter note that balances it nicely and makes it pleasantly dry.
40oz (181) - Newport Beach, California, USA - JAN 7, 2002
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Dark colored. Thick and sweet like a young barleywine but very hoppy like a strong ale. Much hoppier than the typical barelywine. Finishes dry and not cloying. Unusual but not unplesant beer.
redave (166) - squaw valley, California, USA - APR 29, 2006
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle marked 2006 [probably needs to cellar a bit] Dark dark amber, almost brown. NO head, NO lace. Smell very malty. Taste somewhat sour malt and hops present, but iím guessing that several months of lagering will help this rather unmelded taste. Somewhat drinkable now, hoping it will be very drinkabe in 6 months