goldtwins (4319) - Nesconset, New York, USA - FEB 6, 2007
10th Annual SD Strong Ale Fest: Poured a hazy deep amber color with a small off-white head. Very sweet and fruity aroma. Candy aroma with notes of sugar, grapes and apples. The malty sweet flavor had a good amount of vinous character. Mildly tart. Semi-dry finish and a silky mouthfeel. The alcohol was very well hidden for the ABV. BelgianBeerGal (4243) - Panama City, Florida, USA - SEP 9, 2014
Raw, unaged 14% barley wine at the brewery. Hazy bronze color with a surprisingly long lasting tan head. Very light aroma of sweet malt and a hint of booze. Wow that’s a huge flavor. Sweet syrupy but not offensive. Somehow this is not hot. This must be amazing as great. 50belair (3697) - Florida, USA - NOV 14, 2014
On tap at the brewery. Cloudy amber pour with a white head. Sweet malty aromas with an emphasis on honey and apricot. So sweet, almost overly so, with loads of honey and caramel malts. Apricot undercurrents. Good body and mouthfeel. dnstone (3625) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - AUG 24, 2016
Pours a copper in color. Aroma and taste are intense and malty, like a syrupy malt lolly pop.
Notes: Brewery visit. Eyedrinkale (3235) - Astoria, New York, USA - DEC 14, 2004
SD Strong Ale ’04. Murky orangish color with a slighly foamy head. Aromas of light peach, caramel, and sugars. Taste is more of the same. Sticky sweet flavors of tangerine, piney hops, caramel, oak and cocoa. I never would think this was 17% at all. This is going to be a monster.
DarkElf (3067) - La Jolla, California, USA - DEC 5, 2004
(Draft: 2004 Strong Ale Festival, Pizza Port in Carlsbad, CA. Day 1, Beer 3) I had the honor of tasting this at the brewery several weeks before this festival, before it was "ready" for its debut, thanks Pat! And what a successful debut it is! Right out of the gate, a strong aroma of lucioius ripe canteloupe grabs you. What a unique and amazing nose. Some smoke develops later, but it’s hard to tell in these tiny taster glasses. It tastes very fruity and sweet, and the moderate hoppiness provides nice balance, not trampling the fruit. Alcoholic for sure, but doesn’t seem anywhere close to 17%. Smooth, rich, coating palate with no alcohol burn. Light amber color. Small off-white head has good retention, maintaining the same level until the beer is gone, and depositing a fair amount of patchy lacing, pretty impressive for such a high alcohol beer. Just an outstanding barleywine, especially for such a baby, and I’d like to do a side-by-side session with some of my favorite barleywines to see where this one stands. Probably near the top. JohnC (3008) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - DEC 4, 2004
on draft, strong ale fest, pizza port carlsbad december 2004
For 17%, the alcohol is well hidden. This is a killer barleywine Snojerk321 (2984) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 25, 2009
On Cask @ Hamilton’s. Pours a deep cloudy caramel brown with a creamy off white head that left some nice lacing. Nose starts with citrus and herbal hops, then gives way to vanilla, toffee, caramel, oats and candied dark fruits. Flavor is quite sweet with tons of caramel and toffee. Finishes almost cloying sweet with faint booze. Overall a pretty killer Barley Wine, very unique. Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - APR 14, 2013
Tap at the brewery. Rating #34. This smelled awesome, unfortunately the flavor wasn’t up to the level of the aroma, still very good overall though. (2681) jazz88 (2684) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 14, 2006
Tap @ Toronado 2005 barleywine festival. Golden amber color with a foamy tan head. Nice oak, strong caramel, with a rich full body (but avoids syrupy).