shrubber85 (7387) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - JAN 29, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (courtesy of TURDFERGUSON). Apple juice/marmalade and malt aroma. Dark amber color with small but long lasting head. Sweet cherry/apple jiuce flavor primarily - light bite of hops and alcohol to finish. Nice flavor without being cloying. Nice sweet barleywine without the more typical alcohol harshness.
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - JAN 29, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Hopscotch. Not a bad BW as far as the "norm" had a bit of earthiness, not unlike Immort Ale, and the other flavors were caramel, some fruit notes like a maramalade thing or something. Strange brew.
HogTownHarry (6063) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JAN 27, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle (12oz). Via trade with TURDFERGUSON. Poured clear bright burnt copper with a huge fluffy beige lasting head. Aroma is more ASA - resiny hops, sweet juicy malt, dry leafy yeast, not much alcohol for 11%. Taste is jammed with citrus alphas, very acidic and sour, weak orange juice malt backing, quite boozy, a little jagged. Average body, a little slick, alcohol and acidity dominate this one, a warming finish and bitter aftertaste - only just decent.
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 23, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 12, 2008 Light brown color with a light brown head. Malty caramel nose with some citrus hops. Flavor is malt, caramel, and a bitter citrus finish.
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - JAN 22, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours brilliant garnet with a big khaki head. The aroma is very strong with peppercorn and clove, along with notes of toffee, and hints of roasty coffee and subtle alcohol. The flavor is spicy with peppercorn, clove, and anise. In the middle of the mouth it moves toward a warm, sweet flavor reminiscent of buckwheat honey and raisin cookies. The finish has a slight roastiness to it and a grapefruit zest tang. It leaves a pleasantly ashy aftertaste which fades away before too long. This is some tasty stuff.
jason (1677) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 20, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAY 14, 2008 Bottle thanks to Rayg1, thanks man. This poured a clear amber body with a good size head. Looked great in a snifter with a nice head retention. Aroma is very sweet and hoppy with a notice of yeast in there, reminded me in aroma of a belgian ale(odd?). Anyway the taste was very sweet with notes of hops, caramel, apples, and slight citrus undertone. Smooth but a light mouthfeel for a barleywine. Update: Too odd of a barleywine.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - JAN 20, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Blind tasting of 19 BWs. A very nice looking barleywine this beer was a glowing clear ruby cooper color with frothy white head. The aroma had a nice toasty caramel nose with a good amount of citrus and piney hops to give a great balance to the sweetness. The sweet fruity malt flavor had a candy like quality with a good amount of hop flavor and bitterness backbone to give the balance to the beer. This is a very nice full-bodied example of a barleywine.
GG (2039) - NorCal, California, USA - JAN 20, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
NorCal tasting Jan 07 - The 5th and final Duck Rabbit beer, and I was sort of sad to see this come. Not only did it mean I had no more Duck Rabbit beer but it meant the tasting was about over. An aroma sweet caramel, fruity, and floral. Flavor profile had burnt sugar, dark fruits, some piney hops with a sticky mouthfeel that was slightly unpleasant.
NachlamSie (2737) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 16, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 27, 2007 The first time I had this brew, I was heavily intoxicated and completely amazed by this beer. Iím revisiting this ale on a sober palate tonight and out in the freezing weather for optimum big beer conditions. I poured the beer at room temperature to reveal a deep, muddy-ruby body with a foamy, tan head. The aroma is slightly tart with melon, caramel, cherry, and a bit of bubblegum. It actually smells more balanced as the brew cools down a few degrees. The flavor brings out a bit more intricacies. It is definitely a sweet, fruity beer. It lacks the heartiness of the other DR seasonal releases, but itís still a moderately robust quaff. The finish hints at a Belgian type of flavor, a tiny bit of nutmeg and bubblegum. The most noteable flavors are that of really sweet fruits, strawberries. . .and maraschinos come to mind. So, this wasnít as mind-blowing as I first experienced it in my drunken stupor, but it is a pretty decent beer. I wasnít sure what to expect from this being that itís supposedly based on their regular amber ale which is definitely my least favorite brew from this spectacular brewery. A few of the weird fruity notes in that amber ale do make themselves known here. (Feb 27 , í07) - Iím drinking this again and I still agree with all my prior notes, but Iíd like to add that this time I detected a piny hop presence in the nose in particular, and also slightly in the flavor. This couldíve been more noticeable since I had two stouts prior to this, both with very low hop aroma or flavor. But, this barleywine definitely has a detectable pine presence.
punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - JAN 16, 2007
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle thanks to ross. Ruby-copper pour with a nice head that unfortunately faded all to quickly. Malty aroma thatís floral, citrusy and cloying, bit of sour cherry. Very odd aroma for this style of beer. Flavor is also very cloying, more sour cherry and citrus. I think unfortunately I got a bad bottle because this brewery has made some other excellent brews and this just seems too far off to be intentional.