sir__v (2630) - FRANCE - FEB 22, 2015
On tap @ Alpine Brewpub, Alpine - CA. Color: hazy brown beer with no carbonation and medium brown head. Smell: high sugar and caramel nose with fruity presence as orange and candied orange. Notes of Grand Marnier. Great bouquet on nose, and small alcohol finish. Taste: very deep oily sensation on mouth, great caramel and sweet presence. Notes of orange and candied orange. Finish as Grand Marnier. Aftertaste: orange and alcohol finish with high sugar domination. Really nice and sweet beer easy to drink when you compare to the ABV. A must to try but take care it’s a dynamite!!!! Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 5, 2004
This huge beer pours with an orange-amber body topped by a medium thick head with some lacing. The aroma is sweet and full of caramel with a nice maltiness and a touch of alcohol, as well as, some nougat notes. The flavor is very similar with a bit more bitterness and a little more alcohol showing through. What a great beer. Full bodied, tingly on the tongue and warming. Eyedrinkale (3214) - 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. LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - DEC 14, 2006
PP SD Strong Ale Fest: tastes like carmel apples. this was like the best beer at the fest next to the kona BA. lots of carmel, lots of melted chocolate/carmel bar. Ibrew2or3 (8807) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 26, 2014
Finally finally finally getting a chance to try this after lots of years of missing it. YES! It poured up on tap at the brewpub where it exhibits a murky deep copper body that supports a nice looking light tan head. The aroma offers up sweet malts, some nectar sweet maltiness, molasses and then snippets of malt and sweetness muted pine hops and floral notes. The taste is silky smooth and sweet and wonderfully rich. I get slick nectar sweet malts and then some malt and molasses nuanced pine hoppiness that is bitter but delivers only a thin ribbon of resiny notes. In the background it seems floral hoppy as well midway and into the finish. Yummy.
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - DEC 5, 2004
Draft @ Pizza Port Strong Ale Fest 2004. Excellent beer. Dark amber brew that has unbelievable balance. Good hop presence but not overbearing. Full mouthfeel, malty with just the faintest hint of bitter orange in the background. Highlight of the fest for me. beerguy101 (5360) - Newark, California, USA - DEC 5, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2007 Tasted at the 2004 Pizza Port Strong Ale Fest. Orange gold color. Small head. Aroma is citrus, oranges, brown sugar and a hint of oak. A full-bodied barley wine. Malts are fruity and sweet,citrusy wuith hints of oak. Caramel flavors all over the place. Crisp and clean. There is no real evidence of the 17% alcohol. Nice BW. Will be AWESOME with some aging. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet. DarkElf (3066) - La Jolla, California, USA - DEC 5, 2004
2x Barrel Aged Good
On tap at O’Brien’s. Pours a medium amber color. Small sized white foamy head. Aroma is brown sugar, wood, bourbon and molasses. Medium to full bodied barley wine. Malts are caramel, with lots of brown sugar, some oak and lots and lots of bourbon. Very smooth tasting. There is a touch of alcohol bite, but it is really subdued for the 14.1% alcohol. A very dangerous beer, hides the alcohol very well and it nice and smooth. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.
(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. Snojerk321 (2960) - 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. 48FanInCali (851) - California, USA - JAN 21, 2011
Poured on tap at ABC. Caramel color with no head. Tons of malt, caramel, honey and toffee. Mouth feel is a little like syrup. Very sweet all the way through and very tasty indeed