Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 27, 2007
Complex and almost sloppy monster beer. Malty as all heaven followed by an earthquake of hops. Brown in color with a rich creamy head. I can see why others don’t like this beer so much, but I do appreciate the "go big or go home" philosophy of the organic brewmaster. Magjayran (1378) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 25, 2007
Deep red color with a white head. Decent lacing. Malt first type of barley wine with a nose of dark fruits. What holds this one back is it’s lack of flavor up front other than a caramel sweetness and it’s harsh alcohol finish. Odeed (1805) - Bakersfield, California, USA - MAR 24, 2007
very nice looking brew i must say.clear orange with a thick and creamy off white head that leaves lots of lacing.aroma is very nutty,followed by bananas,,and oranges.flavor is full of nutty characteristics,then follows cotton candy,grapefruit,hair spray,and alcohol.i wonder if butte will ever brew a beer i will really like? CapFlu (5129) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 18, 2007
(Bottle) Organic beer blind tasting at Brouwers’s in Seattle, March 3, 2007. Thin, white foamy head with a red-orange body. Nose is floral, nail polish. Flavour is highly orange. Hopped and good malt balance. hayduke (5619) - Eureka, California, USA - MAR 10, 2007
From a 22 oz bottle this poured a dark copper color with a big fat fluffy pillow of a head that left large chunks of lacing. Nose of caramel malts, fruits, and hops. This is supposed to be a Barley Wine but does not taste quite like one. Mouthfeel is somewhat sweet and oily. Flavor are complex but do not totally integrate. Alcohol is apparent. I actually found this decent to drink, and would be curious to see it would settle down in a couple of years. I will have to try to get another bottle.
Reid (2605) - Salem, Oregon, USA - FEB 26, 2007
Nice looking ale, dark orange, clear with a large thick creme coloured head.
Aroma is pretty faint, but it was was malty,slightly caramel.
Oh wow ..this is a strange flavour! Dark fruits, bitter malty and alcoholic all at once clashing in the first sip Pretty sugary in a sherry sort of way. After the first few sips it settles down into a very malty ,alcoholic taste , though not totally unpleasant.
Actually alright on the palate, a little sugary at times .
Overall a bit of a "train wreck" alright. Maybe this could improve with age.
Though its notvtotally bad now.
raphael (1286) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 24, 2007
strong hops and caramel aroma, a fruitiness I cant name (like froot loops without the sugar). orange amber clarity, head doesn’t last long. smooth texture but very bitter on the tongue, that weird edge that’s almost burnt sugar bitter. a less than pleasant hop blend in flavors, almost minty (did anyone else try the mint flavored colt 45 when it was out 20 or so years ago?), shrill, while also pounding the bottom that probably has malt acting like dark matter to provide a little stability--& that alcohol, hidden in the hop mix, the warming is nicely gradual.. Doctormirk (100) - USA - FEB 23, 2007
Transparent copper with a khaki head. Smells of grapefruit and pine. Tastes grassy and of alcohol. Also tastes like green tea and grass. Syrup. Did not notice any of the dark fruits normally associated with barley wines. Comparable to the Butte Creek Revolution X. bb (9697) - Alamo, California, USA - FEB 20, 2007
Draft. Rich amber beer with a slight tannish head. Low malty aroma with some earthiness. Slight cereal flavor with malt and lemony citrus. Lingering balanced hops and caramel. Still a bit of cereal. medium bodied. ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - FEB 15, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2007 Bottle. Man, I love what Butte Creek is doing as far as brewing organically and I have nothing but total respect for them but this is probably the most appropriately named beers I’ve ever tried. The flavor was all over the place. This is simply a train wreck.