1FastSTi (3359) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 27, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks Jason. BB 12/2007. The beer pours to a deep amber/red body with a yellowish tan head. The beer has a nice lacing in a snifter. The aroma is sweet Turbinado sugar, brown sugar, and strawberry hops. Itís clean, aromatic and good. The flavor is malty with lots of sweet residual sugars. Sweet substantial palate that lingers. A decent barleywine.
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 27, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Ruby/rust clear body. Small frothy tan head. Sweet malty aroma with light C-hops in the background. Sweet watery caramel malt, light hops again in the flavor. Almost a slight sour fruit (like blueberry) thing in the background. Sweetness settles down a bit with some oxidation, adds a adjuncty sweetness to it. Okay beer.
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - FEB 27, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle as a bonus from JCapriotti, thanks Jason! Notched @ 12/07 as the Best By date. Pours a clear orange brown with a two finger slowly fading beige head. Up front aroma is kind of Belgiany yeast and candy sugar--strange--, some herbal and light citrus hops, caramel and some alcohol. Flavor has soft piney and herbal hops up front, toffee and a bit of the same Belgian character from before with a bit of spice, and I can taste the alcohol, but not really feel it. Lightly bittersweet finish. Burps plastic. Light carbonation with a medium body. Not too bad, but not what I was expecting at all, and not very BWish.
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - FEB 23, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Upon pouring, the most prevalent character is aroma(slightly unpleasant malt aroma--rot in wort??)--very hoppy, and caramel sweet with toffee overtones. Appearance is brownish-red, small tannish head. Flavor is sweet, a little bit unpleasant in malt, but quite hoppy, and caramel is prevalent again. Better when warmer, but still slightly off-putting in flavor.
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - FEB 19, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark amber with a very light white head. Kind of a vegetable smell. Sort of like tomatoes or ketchup. Condiments galore. Taste is somewhat sweet and powerful. Really comes at you. I get really wierd flavors and smells in this beer. I almost get like a spaghetti sauce or something in the taste. Really wierd. Unlike any other beer Ive ever had in its complex and unusuallness. I dont know. Dont ask.
ogglethorp (917) - Ohio, USA - FEB 19, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle via trade with TURDFERGUSON, thanks!
Pours a hazy ruby-brown color, with a smallish tan colored head. Aroma is caramel, malt, alcohol, herbs. Flavor is similar, medicinal, cough syrup like. Palate is full bodied, mildly carbonated, sweet, sticky, herbaceous finish. Since Iíve been sampling many reallly good BW lately, this may get an unfair trial. Something was funky.
Beffrey2 (36) - Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina, USA - FEB 18, 2007
2.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
UPDATED: FEB 19, 2007 The Barleywine is my least favorite so far of the Duck-Rabbit brews. Color is brown with a slight bit of red...kind of like tea. The head and lacing is very long lasting. Beer has a very strong caramel note, very sweet. The aftertaste is awful, it took me hours to get rid of the taste, which reminded me of medicine! Every other aspect of the beer was fine, just the taste was off. This was my first Barleywine, not a good exp.
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - FEB 16, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Picked up by jayg while on vacation. Very dark amber. 4cm of thick, frothy, tan head leaves a coat of lacing. Aroma is sweet, pungent past ripe fruit, rich malt, zesty yeast, and subtle alcohol. Same flavors. Very yeasty, light caramel, bitter earthy hops in the background. Dry finish. Unique take on barleywine. Full body is just smoother than balanced. Very good, should be excellent in about 6 months or a year.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 10, 2007
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Pours with an amber body topped by a medium thick head with some lacing left behind. Itís slightly sweet with notes of rotten fruit and band-aid phenol notes. Donít know if this was just a bad bottle or if itís just a bad beer. Will definitely have to try it again.
asteele8 (322) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - FEB 9, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to DrBayern! Pours a clear dark amber color with a nice foamy off-white head on top. Aroma is full of sweet malts with pine hops, toffee, sugar, and apples coming through. Flavor is full of sweet fruit, sugar, caramel, and spicy and piney hops. This is definitely one of the sweetest barelywines I have had considering how fresh this beer is. Alcohol gives the beer warmth also but nothing over the top. Quite an enjoyable barleywine. I guess I havenít experienced many english-style barleywines so this beer makes that style interesting. I will have to try more similiar to it. I think it would be quite interesting to age this beer also since it is already developed into what Bigfoot is after a few years.