Patrickctenchi (2487) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - APR 4, 2013
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sample: Courtesy Shrubber.
Pours an odd, brandy/gasoline colour...like a thin lamp oil....no head.
Aroma is...almond-tinted latex paint, honey and nuts.
Taste is sweet peanut, honey, carmelized sugar.....boozy.
Sweet, alcohol burn....though not as pronounced as expected....
Pretty rough, but not near as bad as the ratings portray it....I rather liked it...though I’m not sure why.
queenholly (2411) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - MAR 30, 2013
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle. Sweet boozy aroma which reminded me a bit of a whiskey toddy, and a bit of cardboard. Clear copper with no head. Sweet boozy malt and harsh alcohol flavor. Medium body, light carbonation, hot burn.
shrubber85 (6507) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - MAR 29, 2013
2.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Honey malt and alcohol aroma. Golden yellow with no head. Sweet honey, light malt, and cardboard flavor. More like cheap whiskey mixed with mineral water. Not horrible but pretty harsh.
after4ever (5728) - Brier, Washington, USA - MAR 10, 2013
0.7 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 3/20
500. Not really capped well. At all. Thanks clint. Asshole. Pours a murky flat medium dingy amber with no head whatsoever. Looks like someone is washing out a mug that still had coffee in it. Huge piercing oxidized nose, cardboard as hell. Oooold laundry, artichokes, and aluminum showing. Kinda smells like a dirty jock. Sticky thick flat body. Aluminum, cardboard, artichokes, and dirty jock strap on the mid palate. As my man Raph says "if that beer were an ice cream flavor, it would be pralines and dick."
youdictategood (252) - Florida, USA - OCT 26, 2012
1.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Bottle at World of Beer St. Pete. WoB has it listed as a barleywine, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. Pours a clear orange with a quickly-gone fizzy head. Smells like booze! Strong alcohol sting, with some cider elements and grain fighting to get noticed. Taste is...something. Not a beer - tastes more like a strong wine or mead. Sweet, fruity, boozy. Not even the slightest attempt to mask the ABV here. Romania makes more sense to me now - I’m pretty sure if I had more than one of these I’d start imagining vampires everywhere, too.
Lemke10 (620) - Janesville, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 25, 2012
1.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
I bought a 16.9oz bottle of this at Binny’s in Plainfield, Il in late 2011 for $3.69.
Pours a clear amber color with almost no head. Scent is floral with hibiscus tones. Taste is rather rough and harsh. It has that bite like a good bourbon barrel stout but is dry and really has a strong alcohol taste to it. Finishes with a slight citrus taste. Interesting style and taste but there is just way to much alcohol in this beer to taste the beer. Great for getting hammered but not very good if you are tasty brew.
Ughsmash (6911) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 15, 2012
1.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
500mL bottle, $2.49. Poured clear, medium golden with no head sticking around. The aroma led with sharp, bright, booze-laden fruit skins, and it was hard to get past that.. some honey and other adjuncty malts beneath to provide cheap fermentables.. yikes! The flavor was basically the same.. honey and light fruity notes at the core, with tart fruit skins and harsh alcohol emanating outward.. quick finish, but belly and throat warmth remained. Slick with low carbonation on the palate.. lots of sugars and alcohol.. a bit salty too.. definitely hot, but I’ll give it credit for not quite feeling like 15%.
Cybercat (2771) - Georgia, USA - MAR 29, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a pretty, if typical, clear amber with a respectable off-white head that does not stick around too long. Strong, fruity aroma is more like apple brandy than beer, and packs a punch. Flavor is - HOLY GUACAMOLE, is this beer, or brandy? Alcohol bite is quite fierce, overpowering the fruity and yeasty components. A fine beer if you like brandy, but it packs quite a wallop - this will knock you on your ***. Texture is smooth and fairly fizzy, but the alcohol bite is as fierce as an angry Rottweiler. Fine for barleywine and brandy lovers - this beer is not for the faint of heart!
jimhilt (2340) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 13, 2012
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Straight up pour only a two finger white head that vanishes leaving no lace. Crystal clear amber color. Wicked carbonation and medium bodied. Honey nose and flavor is fizzy honey, looking for hops maybe a hint at finish. Easy to drink but bad example of a barleywine, for about the same money Dogfish Head Olde School is much better. Very high ABV is hidden. $4.50 for a 500ml bottle from Tully’s Beer & Wine Wells, Me.
redlight (2299) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 7, 2012
2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
Alcohol vapors on the nose with vinous notes and hints of vanilla. Super Brew 14 pours clear blonde. Cloyingly sweet with sugar dominating the flavor with hints of vanilla.