blackmurder (236) - Whitaker, Oregon, USA - APR 26, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is a lovely beer. Was served in a brandy snifter even. Really beautiful dark ruby brown color with a super thin tan head. Aroma was a bit weak, all I got was pine tar and bitter hops. Taste is remarkable for steelhead, who are known for insipid beers. Nice hoppy characteristics with earthy malts and roasted toffee. Pretty great. I think I get a bit of pine out of this one too. Overall this is a great barley wine/strong ale.
Beardface (1517) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - MAY 4, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at KLCC Microbrew Festival. Deep golden pour with a big beige head. Aroma is full of pine hops with a nice caramel backing and some citrus as well. Flavor is malt and citrus with a too hefty burst of booze. Okay, but not great.
Ratman197 (12692) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - DEC 16, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap poured a hazy copper brown with a lasting creamy ivory head. Aromas of carmel, earthiness, pine, orange zest and a hint of grapefruit peel. Palate was medium to full bodied and smooth. Flavors of carmel, earthiness, pine and light orange zest with a smooth lingering bitter finish.
jake65 (3244) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - FEB 15, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft @ KLCC Microbrew Festival: Pours a dark golden color with a large sandy head. Thick lacing. Aroma is rich with dark fruits, citrus, and caramel malt. Flavor is hoppy up front, lots of citrus and some florals. The caramel malt balances it out before a little citrus kick in the trailer. Nicely done.