Rustyham (1717) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - APR 12, 2010
3.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hazy deep orange color, big fluffy head.Aroma is slight grapefruit and flowers. Flavor is sweet at first, then spicy later. Very complex- like drinking two beers at once. Even the the ABV isnít too impressive, we all got smacked by this one Bottle from a tasting with Smith4498, Legato, and Cbeers21.
nickd717 (3466) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 25, 2010
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: FEB 26, 2010 Wow, canít believe this beer is rated so highly. Personally, I found the meh-itude level pretty high. Pours slightly hazy orange-copper with a decent whitish head. Aroma is somewhat fruity with sweet malt, sort of like a poor manís Boulevard Seeyoulator, which I had the same night. Flavor is very fruity and just a little boozy. Caramel malt, cherry, and strawberry. Medium body with fairly high carbonation. Overall, meh. Not great for the style. Drinkability is below average.
illidurit (2121) - Petaluma, California, USA - FEB 1, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle courtesy of Sam. Pours golden orange with a monstrous off-white head. Toasty and fruity aroma, rye spiciness, lots of caramel. Flavor is interesting, very yeasty and fruity. Orange oil, toasted rye, dark caramel, boozy darker fruits. Too heavy on the carbonation but after some time to settle down this is decently drinkable and smooth. An odd barleywine for sure.
WeeHeavySD (3360) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - NOV 24, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Corked and Caged relatively expensive 750ml from Whole Foods Hillcrest. Saw this and though hell I havenít seen this before, and the name and style got me on board. Pours rich orange with a big tan head. Nose is slightly hoppy with a sweet vinous quality. Taste is sweet, with a nice rye hop balance. This is an interesting take on the barleywine, not a bad way to start the night.
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 4, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750mL cork and caged bottle.
This one opens with a big pop and pours with a massive bubbly head over a hazy reddish amber body with lots of bubbles streaming to the top.
The aroma is interesting as itís like a cross between a rye pale ale and a barleywine. The first thing I notice is the slightly spicy rye with a solid hoppiness as well. This is complimented by a sweet sugary caramel malt and dark fruit combination in the background.
The taste leans more toward a barleywine than the aroma with the sweet caramel malts being more prevalent with a slight citrus hoppiness up front as well. The rye is most evident in the finish where there is a definite spiciness.
The mouthfeel is medium bodied with tons of carbonation. In fact, the carbonation is probably a little overdone for my liking. The alcohol becomes pretty evident after a few sips.
I really like this beer and I like what the rye adds to othe barleywine character. The overcarbonation takes away a bit but itís still a solid effort.
argo0 (11349) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 6, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(750ml bottle, thanks CaptainCougar) Hazy dark amber body with small off-white head. Aroma is medium sweet, grapefruit, some pine, yeast, light plum. Taste is medium sweet, yeast, straw, some grapefruit. Medium-full body, moderately acidic, some effervescence. Needs more malty sweetness.
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - OCT 4, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to Monie & Todd for brining this to The Brueryís Beer Geek Show & Tell.
Lively, malty and tasty, it was good to drink, but give it a year or two and Iíd bet it would be excellent
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - OCT 4, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to SamGamgee: Pours a transparent deep golden bronze with a frothy well-lacing off-white head. Aroma of lightly caramely sweet toasty caramel malts and a touch of light fruitiness. Starts with good fullness and rich toasty light caramel maltiness with some fresh strawberry and light fruity complexity before a drier, more bitter and warming finish. Needs a little more flavor hoppiness with some sweeter malty balance.
egajdzis (5270) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 3, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy amber color with a small, off white head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of citrus, light floral hops, pine, rye, nuts, and alcohol. Taste of citrus, toasted malts, nuts, vanilla, grapefruit, and alcohol.
hopdog (8796) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 2, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750ml bottle shared courtesy of Josh. Poured a medium and hazy amber color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of floral hops, some citrus, cramel, rye, and dark fruits. Tastes of floral hops, citrus, toasted rye, dark fruits, and caramel. LIght to medium alcohol burn in the finish.