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RATINGS: 196   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
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The biggest farm animal to come out of the SweetWater Barn! We bucked up and threw everything, including the kitchen sink, into this "Jackass" concoction. At 10% ABV and over 90 IBU - You’ll know it when it hits you in the back of the head!


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rajendra82 (960) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - OCT 7, 2007
The mammoth one liter bottle of this beer was imposing. Unlike Festive Ale liter bottles, the swing top on this beer was not dipped in red wax, instead a simple gold foil made accessing the beer a much easier proposition. I chose a Duvel tulip glass for the pour, and in it, the beer looked pale orange amber in color, with a two finger thick beige head. The looks were lighter and more lively than a typical barleywine (even an American one), so the reports of this being really a DIPA came to mind even before the first sniff. The smell also made me wonder if a barleywine was really in the glass, as the pine, grapefruit, and hay smells indicated mostly a lot of hops. The taste revealed a beautifully put together creation with hops, hops, and more hops. Salty, piney, spicy, floral, and citric hops were everywhere. As delicious as it was, the weakly flavored and fully attenuated dry malt profile made this quite a bit off the mark for a barleywine. It was not straddling the line between these closely related styles, it was just fully in a DIPA camp. The alcohol was very well hidden, making this liter of 10% brew temptingly easy to drink, and sneakily dangerous. I liked it a lot, but it was not what I expected it to be.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopdog (9189) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 7, 2007
1 liter bottle acquired in trade with jimbowood (thanks!). Poured a deep and cloudy amber color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of citrus, pine, caramel, and dark fruits. Hoppy. Tastes of caramel, dark fruits, pine, and citrus. Light alcohol in the finish.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
egajdzis (5401) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 7, 2007
Poured a hazy amber color with a small, off white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of pine, floral hops, caramel malts, resin, and dark fruits. Taste of caramel malts, juicy dark fruits, pine, tobacco, resin, and a bitter hoppy finish, with some light alcohol as well. Thanks to Steve for this one!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
craftbeerdesign (2194) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 6, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 27, 2007 1L bottle (which took most of the afternoon and evening to drink). I originally thought this was more of a IIPA when I first had it on draft. However, after having a bottle of this wonderful beer, it does indeed have many qualitites of an american barley wine.... but does cross the line a bit towards the IIPA. Very hoppy, a deep amber color, thin white head that lasts throughout. aromas of hops and pine. thick body with a chewy, bitter finish. wonderful all around the palate. the 10% abv is very well hidden, until you get up. Without a doubt the best beer from Sweetwater.... too bad it is so limited. At least I have another one in my cellar. They could have come up with a better name though...

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TomDecapolis (4546) - Milton, Delaware, USA - OCT 6, 2007
Thanks to hopdog. Pours a lightly hazy orange amber with a smaller off white bubbly head. Aroma of lots of fresh hops, caramel, some dark fruits light toffee. Flavor of pine, grapefruit, caramel, toffee and light toasted malts.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 3, 2007
Pours a deep copper red color with a tan head. Aroma is sweet caramel, piney, and citrus hops. Flavor is caramel, with a citrus hoppy finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - OCT 2, 2007
1L Bottle: Pours a slightly hazy copper amber with a thin web of wispy white lacing head. Big fresh piny grapefruity resiny hoppy nose has a rich, sweet caramel maltiness for support. Body starts with a fairly full sugary carmel maltiness and big citrusy bittering and flavor hops. Finishes slightly warming and bittersweet. Seems a bit too fresh and unbalanced right now, but should age pretty well.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SSSteve (3831) - - OCT 1, 2007
thick pouring burgundy/amber liquid with a large frothy yellowish head. aroma of mandarin orange and apricot. flavor is full hops with plenty of sticky malts. sweet citrusy flavors. medium bodied. alcohol is nicely hidden and the hops are balanced enough to keep from being too obnoxious. touches of caramel but i would prefer more. excellent job. nice bottle...i’ll have to save one.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 30, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 9, 2009
Name: Donkey Punch
Date: September 22, 2007
Mode: Draft
Source: Brewfest, Asheville
Vintage: 2007
Appearance: clear dark amber, fine beige head
Aroma: huge dark caramel aroma with lots of earthy and citrus hops
Body: sticky body
Flavor: rich dark caramel flavor, lots of earthy hops for balance keep it pretty dry, the caramel sweetness comes in the second wave but the hops keep it under control

Name: Donkey Punch
Date: October 01, 2007
Mode: draft
Source: taco mac
Vintage: 2007
Score: 3.9 to 4.1
Appearance: cloudy dark amber, wispy beige head, layers of scattered drippy lace
Aroma: the aroma has more sweet fruity character and less of the huge hop presence until it warms and picks up a citrus grapefruit rind character
Flavor: the caramel sweetness is more up front in the flavor this time with a nice fruity character that keeps getting richer as it warms, the hops are still present and balancing but mostly in the background
Overall: swinging back to the fruity malty side on this sample

Name: Donkey Punch
Date: November 11, 2007
Mode: bottle
Source: sherlocks
Vintage: 2007
Aroma: sweet fruity aroma has a grassy hop character
Body: creamy body
Flavor: flavor is much more like the double ipa a lot of people see, sweet crystal malt and lots of balancing citrus hops, lasting bitter finish, just a little fruity character to be found in the bottle
Overall: bottle is an iipa whereas draft is a barley wine

Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 16/20
Rating: 4/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: **4

Name: Donkey Punch
Date: July 10, 2009
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting
Vintage: 2009
Appearance: clear gold, frothy off white head
Aroma: sweet bready malt aroma, lots of floral and earthy hops
Flavor: sweet malt flavor, lots of hoppy bitterness

Name: Donkey Punch
Date: July 20, 2009
Mode: draft
Source: summits woodstock
Vintage: 2009
Appearance: clear dark copper, fine off white head, drippy lace
Aroma: sweet caramel aroma, caramel candy, floral hops, light spicyness
Flavor: sweet malt flavor, candy caramel, sweet bread, light fruity character, light earthyness, light balancing bitterness leaves a lot of sweetness, light peppery alcohol

Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 11/20
Rating: 3/5.0
Drinkability: 6/10
Score: *4

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - SEP 29, 2007
Bottle. I don’t like being down on local breweries, but I’ve been down on Sweetwater for awhile. With this brew, they’re back in my good graces. This is by far their best offering and a very unique and hoppy take on the style. Very smooth and drinkable. Reminiscent of the original Wild Dog IIPA. Very good.


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