Nephilium (1357) - Ohio, USA - APR 12, 2009
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma is a wonderful scent of ruby red grapefruits, with a touch of caramel coming out after the initial surge. Pours a clear, dark red, with just a dusting of head. Slick mouthfeel, touch of biscuit malts, and low carbonation. This beer starts with caramel notes, blending into pine and grapefruit, with a long bitter finish. The alcohol is amazingly well hidden. Quite a tasty beer, and one I want to grab some to lay down and see how it is in a year or two.
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 12, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma of citrus and pine hops with big caramel malt and a distinct, odd sort of sweet aroma, really sweet fruit or yogurt or something... Flavor also had some very sweet dessert notes, maybe in the area of praline, in addition to more of the nice hopping and more expected rich caramel malt. There was also an odd side to the flavor with some meaty notes for me as well. This beer was kind of all over the place for me, even the praline notes seemed out of place somehow, though pleasant in its own right. A lot of good stuff, and nothing terribly bad-tasting, but left me more confused than anything.
LilBeerDoctor (3453) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 11, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a murky brown with no head. Aroma of sweet caramel malt and hop oils. Also some sweetness which smells like watermelon Trident gum. Flavor of rich malty goodness, crackery malt, some old socks. Very tasty! A little different from your typical barely wine, but it’s interesting. A little heavy in the palate though.
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 11, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Color of black tea with a warm-toned creamy head. Mostly brown sugar and well-caramelized malt in the aroma. Flavor is relatively sweet but balanced with notes of scalded fruit and hop bitterness. This is a very nice, elegant barley wine.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - APR 11, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Its Nugget Nectar on Crack. Pours a mahogany body with a 2 finger tan head. Citrus, pine, grassy, cane sugars and a hint of caramel. Dam good fresh hop barley wine ale.
bedainedebiere (501) - Terrebonne, Quebec, CANADA - APR 10, 2009
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Glad to be the first Québécois to rate, maybe even try that one. Outside Pennsylvania, it seems hard to find; the owner got it out of the backstore because my brother was buying 250$ worth of beer to bring to me, The owner asked him not to tell where he got it and not to come again to get some more). 9,99$ for 22 oz. This is Heaven in a bottle. Hop tingling, very light texture, high carbonation, there seems to be something watery but in the best possible way (maybe it was very fresh), notes of fruits like orange and surely others because it is an incredibly complex brew. Notes of sweetness from the malt but the fruity hops come over and over again in the taste and aftertaste. I am totally overwhelmed by that brew. I’d buy cases of that if I could find it. A new Graal!
douglas88 (6021) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 9, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber thanks to machfive55. Pours a deep mahogany color with a small chestnut color head. The aroma is super hoppy; sweet grapefruit and berries. The flavor is similar; sweet citrus hops, medium to high bitterness, a smaller malt profile. A lot like a double IPA for sure. Light sweet caramel malts provide some balance. A nice medium mouthfeel. Overall, a tasty brew.
auerbrau (3177) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - APR 7, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz Bottle purchased at Zeno’s Bottle Shop - State College. Dank Double-IPA like aroma flows from the snifter, rich with a careful blend of grapefruit zest, fir needles, and juniper. There’s a deeper edge of caramel and sweetness that adds nice depth. Pours a real rich red-brown, with a wonderful lacing head in sepia. Flavor is subtler than I expect. A soft, hop-flavor forward ruby red grapefruit juice, some apple skin, and some sandalwood. Higher, electric-lime hops waver above. There’s a lot of breadth and length to the hop flavors, but I feel like the malts aren’t returning the flavor. And the bitterness doesn’t punch so hard. This has got to be the softest, most silky barleywine I’ve ever had, with alcohol so well-integrated you’d think you were having a session beer. For the color of the beer, the weight, and the style, I expect more chewiness from the malt. But, I almost prefer this, with a fun dance between very fresh, expressive hop flavor and an airy, silken quality to the body. Deftly done.
markwise (4467) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 7, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
07 Bottle from when this was a Scratch beer, thanks to tpd975. Pours reddish-brown with an off-white head. Nose is citrus and floral hops with caramel, and sweet malt. Flavor is tons of sweet malt with balanced floral hops. Enjoyable beer.
Jsawyer (297) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 6, 2009
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: APR 11, 2009 22oz Bottle. Oozed out of the bottle a beautiful turbid earthy garnet, with amber highlights and a soft creamy tan head that provided remarkable uber lacing. Wonderfully redolent of high alpha hops: pine needles, grapefruit, orange; then caramel-chocolate, raisin, and fig with hints of roast malt. Reminiscent of Nugget Nectar with an intense malting. Tasted spectacular. Fresh pine needles, pink grapefruit, orange - perhaps mandarin - then caramel, cocoa, raisin, fig, slight licorice-toffee spiciness. It’s palate exacerbates the jubilance of the experience. Viscous and soft, full but not heavy, bitter but not cloying, intense but simple, warming but not burning. Amazing. So close to perfection.