webjedi (250) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - OCT 13, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Heh, John Troeg pulled this one himself for me. Not what I was expecting for a barleywine. After discussion with John, he likes to brew an extra hoppy and sweet barley wine, and prefers them to be drunk early as opposed to laying them down, although, he says, and I agree, this may last a 2-5 year laydown to mature. Very sweet on the nose, almost rose like. Not too fluffy on the head, nice malt character to balance out the extra hops. I had a slight orange hint to it, just slightly. A little roast as well, not a char, but a light, light roast.. better than, say the nut brown which is supposed to be maltier. No real prune or rasin taste as I’ve had in most barleywines, nor the overwhelming butterscoth, whcih, for this, fits it well. I wonder if they may make this a standard batch...walked away with a growler full (On Tap 10/13/2007)
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - OCT 8, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft sample at the brewery. Pours cloudy amber with beige head. The aroma is grapefruit and raisin, straight up. The flavor has big grapefruit hops right off, then some dry, raisiny, almost vinous notes. Pine and citrus dry out the malty finish. The whole thing, really, is malty and dry. Very tasty American barleywine.
DocLock (8312) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 8, 2007
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: APR 16, 2009 Wow. I didn’t realize that this was Scratch 4 until recently. The pour is turbid, muddy deep brownish with 1-finger of khaki head. The aroma is amazingly complex, giving notes of heavy hops, tropical fruit, funky feety Simcoe hops, yeasty hints, caramel malt, figs, and mild cognac. The palate is rich, complex, throwing different things at the palate with every sip. Among the flavors Inoted were caramel malt, huge feety hops, tropical fruit, blackberry, prune, cognac, and figs. The hops don’t overtake the malt, with both components being huge and balancing each other well, and the alcohol is very well hidden. I need more of this.
Ty5592 (1018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 5, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 19, 2007 Bottle. Dark Amber/brown color with nice size tan head. Fruity/citrus aroma. The taste was fantastic. Hops,citurs, caramel with smooth & oily slick mouthful. I actually became gitty as I drank this beer. Can’t believe Troegs made such a great beer. They need to continue making this one.
TomDecapolis (4604) - Milton, Delaware, USA - OCT 4, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a deep ruby/brown/amber with a medium bubbly/creamy off white head that left some lacing. Aroma of floral, mixed citrus, pine, caramel, plums, red grapes, hints of alcohol, nice hoppy nose. Flavors of hops, orange, other citrus, grapefruit, pine, dark fruits, toffee and caramel. Surprisingly smooth...with a decent amount of hop bitterness. Best in the series so far!
zathrus13 (1732) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - OCT 4, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 9, 2007 Pours brown, with a tan head. Aroma is hops and caramel. Flavor is hops, caramel, and some dark fruit. Medium to heavy body. One of Troeg’s better brews.
Nejhleader (1296) - Lemoyne, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 3, 2007
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
nice and smooth, had a nice sweet taste to it blended with a bit of hops and with a nice grain element. good one.
3fourths (8457) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 29, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2012 Draft at the brewery on release day. Deep garnet purple and brown colored body with a thick-layered toast colored head. Big nose of caramelized and roasted plums, some dry but inviting burnt hops, simcoe and columbus mostly. Reminds me of Bigfoot, without the insanely aggressive hop bitterness, since it’s actually smooth. Very rich and creamy on the palate, very full and delicious, and the 9.3% feels really good. Love it! Glad I bought a case.