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 hopdog (12584) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 7, 2004
On tap @ the San Diego Strong Ale Fest. Poured a medium to dark, hazy golden color with an averaged sized head. Aromas and tastes of brown sugar, malts, and fruits. Sweet. Wow, 17% - I wouldn’t have guessed that at all. This was my last tasting on Day 1 and picked a very good beer to close it with! DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - DEC 8, 2004
This beer was sampled at the San Diego Strong Ale Festival 2004. This beer poured a slightly cloudy but definitely orangey color with a think white soapy head and an active degree of carbonation. Moderate lacing would be seen out of this beer. The aroma was very nice with a slight hint of alcohol, malt, brown sugar and other sweetnesses. The flavor progressed into a full bodied, oily mouthfeel which was full of brown sugars, malts, oak with a bittering hoppy finish, but not overly dry. It began to give off a strong citrusy flavor right toward the finish as it warmed, but it only added to the sweetness of the beer. Well rounded and good balance...could do well when aged..very little presence of the 17% so this is VERY scary! CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - APR 15, 2007
On tap at the 10th Annual San Diego Strong Ale Festival: Pours a hazy copper mahogany with a lightly-lacing light tan head. Sweet, complex caramely malty oaky aroma has a good dose of grapefruity hops. Body starts sweet and caramely with some tart fruity oaky notes and a smooth, drier toasty finish that hides the whopping 17% abv pretty well. papajohn (1250) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - JUL 7, 2010
On tap at O’Brien’s: Deep amber color with a fine, creamy off-white head. Aroma is rich, sweet and fruity. Flavor starts over-ripe tropical fruit and caramel followed by orangy/citrus flavors and a lingering, dry orange rind bitter finish. Full body is smooth and creamy with moderate carbonation. Alcohol well hidden, but gives a quick buzz.
hamilton23 (619) - Alpine, California, USA - DEC 9, 2010
On tap at Alpine Beer Co. Poured a nice orange color with little head. Smells of toffee and burnt sugar. Tastes of caramel, toffee, some dried fruits and a nice balance of hoppiness in the end. This is Good, but when it emerges from the barrels it becomes Great. The Great has much more sweetness and less hoppiness and tons of bourbon flavor. DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 4, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2005 Hazed orange color with a nice frothy but wet head...sweet candy, grapefruit, christmas cookie, and resiny aroma...Extremely smooth mouthfeel..with candy flavors of grapefruit, ribbon candy, and slight vegital notes...its slightly sticky, but its 17 FUCKIN’ percent...I am willing to wager that in about 1 year, this is the best beer ever made...or close. jazz88 (2680) - 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). tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 25, 2009
Poured on cask, fairly still pour, not a lot of visual active carbonation, thin white head, deep dark copper body.
Nose of toffee, vanilla, pear, and feint flowers.
Taste was silk in texture, small but nice alcohol heat, hints of cherries, vanilla bean, heavy bready and caramel body, flavors are all in harmony for it being such a big beer. brianjames1 (539) - Northridge, California, USA - JUN 18, 2010
On cask at O’Briens in SD. Wow one of the best barleywines I have had, tastes like butterscotch. Pours a dark amber, very viscous. Thick mouth feel with little carbo. Taste of dark fruits, caramel malts and leaves a nice hoppy bitterness on the pallet.