Thisis12ptfont (890) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - FEB 1, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma of big tropical notes, floral hops, pines, cinnamon, brown malts, dark fruit components of plums, raisins, figs and some deep cocoa. Appears a very dark magenta/brown with big lace. Taste is a whopping greeting of bitter hops, hay, herbs, pines and slightly past due apricot juice upfront. Immediately followed by a huge malty combination of molasses, plum juice, burnt caramel, burnt malts, toasted bread, maple and big juicy figs. Finishes smooth with not alcohol burn and some nice hop oils, slight buttered caramel and residual hop leaves. Overall, this is an interesting barley wine double IPA hybrid. Upfront, there’s clear dominating hops, mid palate is all malts and the finish is leftover hops. Very good beer. A rating.
Errl (1795) - Plano, Texas, USA - JAN 28, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle...Pour is caramel with a thin white head..Nose is oak, spice, hop spice, caramel, musty...Taste is spice, musty, oak, caramel..
ineedbeer (940) - Oakland, California, USA - DEC 23, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from 2011.
Aroma still has a surprising amount of hop character, but its fading and becoming spicier and grassier. Some pine still exists but the citrus is gone. Lots of dark caramel and toffee with hints of alcohol. Light honey notes.
Pours dark brown with a big, pillowy, tan head with good retention as it very slowly recedes to a mound that lingers in the middle of the glass. Moderately high lacing with smallish legs.
Flavor is fairly sweet with a lot of dark caramel and toffee notes. Lighter burnt honey. Medium high bitterness. Light alcohol spice. Some dried fruit notes like raisins. Moderate hop notes of pine resin, grass and spice. Hints of cardboard. Some lingering sweetness and bitterness.
Mouthfeel is medium full bodied with medium carbonation. Low astringency and low alcohol warmth.
Overall, a pretty nice hoppy barleywine. Not really my favorite style or favorite barleywine, but this is pretty easy drinking. Not sure what the hops tasted like fresh, but this has definitely taken on the same character that Bigfoot does with a few years on it.
merc7186 (2303) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - SEP 17, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma: Malty, Mildly Piney, Mildly Citrus
Appearance: Brownish/Orange Hue, Passes Mild Light, Off White Head Ring, Some Lacing
Taste: Sweet Bready, Boozy Malts, Mildly Bitter
Mouthfeel: Over Carbonated, Medium Bodied, Mildly Boozy, Mildly Drying
slowrunner77 (6165) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 10, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
"Long time wish list beer: Stunned that this "hoppy barleywine" is like a big, fat, thick juicy double IPA. There are barleywine qualities as well, but when it comes down to it, this beer is all about the citrusy hops. Bittersweet, very citric with a soft feel and a warming finish. LOVED it!"
Travlr (13737) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 21, 2014
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle courtesy of Klaas, thank you sir! Murky brown color. Aroma of boozy caramel. Taste is sweet, sticky, boozy butterscotch.
Beerman6686 (4782) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 29, 2014
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 7/20
This one poured a murky light borwn with a beige head. aroma was of stale malt, chemicals and garbage. Falvor was similar, very weir and off and stale IPA.
artmcd8 (1855) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 21, 2014
1.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 2/20
This one poured a fairly clear golden color with a white head. Aromas were of pine and grass and old oxidized hops. Taste had a strange chemical, plastic, astringent taste to it. Something was definitely wrong here. My face swished up with each sip.
marcus (6868) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAY 3, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by haggerty. Pours orange brown with a decent beige head and a fruit and citrus aroma. There is a hearty caramel malt flavor with a very dry musty citrus finish. A lovely BW.
tgncc (2925) - Bellmore, New York, USA - MAR 13, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Via trade with Mashmaster. The aroma is lovely, bready, toffee, citrus. The appearance is deep, murky, amber off-white head. The flavor is fruity, bread, citrus, pine. Mainly malt forward, despite the label’s description. The finish is citrus, grapefruit, pine, lingering sweetnesss. Thick in body, oily mouthfeel. Nice.