raphael (1291) - 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.. aspidites (1271) - manteca, California, USA - NOV 23, 2007
This beer completely lives up to its name. Phenolic nose with notes of rotten fruit and artificial sweetener. Sweet and oxidized palate with some burnt toffee and spruce tips. Sickening sweet high alcohol finish. luckygirl (1222) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Bottled. Beer is clear medium caramel-brown colored. The head is small, white, frothy, mostly and quickly diminishing, but ultimately lasting.<P>First impression on the nose is more like an IIPA. The aroma is malty with moderate notes of toasted bread, caramel and biscuit; Hoppy with light/moderate notes of resin/pine, moderate/heavy grassy herbal; Yeasty with a light note of basement, trace of dish rag; Light notes of alcohol and candy sugar, trace of grains of paradise.<P>The flavor is rich. Moderately/heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter with a long, warm, moderately sweet, light/moderately bitter finish. Trace of astringency on the gums. Bready rets and long-lasting grip.<P>The body is medium/full, the texture is velvety/syrupy and the carbonation is lively.<P>Not bad, not super. brentfeesh (1216) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - JUN 29, 2008
22oz bottle. Pours hazy amber with a light off white wispy head. Sweet orange/nectarine aroma with caramel, candy, and red licorice. There is also a touch of something alcoholic. Lots of malt caramel in the flavor. This is a fairly sweet brew. Tons of orange character also. Impressively so, really. Just a bit of orange rind like flavors as well. Syrupy mouth feel with a semi-bitter finish. Good, but overloaded with orange and caramel to the point that it’s a bit much. glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 2, 2010
Pours a medium copper with thin head. Taste is caramel malts and dark fruit. Light floral hops comes through, and it finishes with a big lingering bitterness. Significant alcohol burn comes through. This could even out nicely in a year or so, but right now it was just a bit muddled.
RichJ7 (1175) - Cullman, Alabama, USA - AUG 18, 2009
Cloudy, brownish amber with a thin white head. Caramel and sugar in the nose. Sweet, rich malt flavor. A touch of malt fruitiness with a subtle hop tang. Finish is a little on the twangy side. Pretty good. Sickboy282 (1116) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 10, 2007
Pours a slightly hazy orange/amber hue with a light slight off-white head. Aromas of a little tobbacco, some dried apricots, but fairly subdued. Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Flavors of not much.... It’s amazing, the alcohol is barely noticable and a lack of depth to the flavor. Mildly hopped and not overly sweet. Maybe a good intro brew to barleywines. rajendra82 (1103) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - JUN 1, 2007
Train Wreck looked like a pretty good barley wine that exhibited a standard orange amber color. The carbonation was a little higher than average, and as a result a foamy two finger head topped the pour and stayed put. The smell was standard issue, the sweetness of the malt came across like raisins and mixed berries, and the hops were piney and resinous. The taste was a lot mellower than the smell suggested. The sweet and sour flavors seemed to be at a drinkably mild level than out to strip the enamel off your teeth. The level of bitterness was quite low, and left me wanting more of everything at the end of each sip. On a plus note, the alcohol was craftily hidden until evidenced as belly warmth. A little tinny in the mouth with none of the tongue coating qualities, and therefore little to no aftertaste. Approachable and well crafted, but ultimately not on par in terms of satisfaction compared to the bolder versions of the style coming out of others. afterglow (1047) - Florida, USA - MAY 1, 2008
Bottle. Pours a clear amber with a small white head that leaves good lacing. Aroma of caramel, sweet malt, alcohol, toffee, and citrus. Taste is the same as aroma. Medium mouthfeel with a moderate amount of bitterness and slightly warm alcohol. Good. jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - APR 9, 2007
Pours a clear, deep reddish-amber with a gorgeous, thick, tan head - very uneven surface, consisting of all sizes of bubbles, from soapy-big to micro-small - disappointingly short-lived. The foam laces the glass heavily, too. The aroma is strong with piney, grassy hops that give way to toffee-like malt. There is a metallic character to the malt aroma. There is some fruit character to the aroma, too - and a hint of alcohol. The flavor starts bitter and piney, but also sweet and malty - all the while stinging the tip of the tongue with carbon dioxide. The middle of the tongue picks up hints of smoke, a decent amount of alcohol, some soapy flavors, and a thick, sluggish mouthfeel (still stinging with carbonation). Third sip, now - the head is nearly reduced to nothing, and the lace has slid down the glass into the beer, almost vanishing. A woody, almost cardboard-like, character of the malt is coming across in the aroma - and also in the finish. The alcohol content is evident in the flavor, from beginning to end. Not very smooth, but quite complex. It reminds me of the Single Barrel vintage of Jack Daniels whiskey - incredibly rough and fiery when one might be expecting smoothness for such a price. The malt flavors hide molasses and hints of honey. There is a hint of roasted grain flavors - but they are hard to detect as the tongue is hit by piney, soapy hops and then a wave of alcohol. I feel that this beer has lots of potential: The malts and hops are balanced, and the malt profile tastes complex. And yet, the rugged, unapologetic character have trampled my tongue, leaving me vulnerable. The mouthfeel is not too heavy, but cloying - leaving a coating over the tongue that tastes like brown sugar. The finish is very bitter and very malty - and tastes so much like alcohol that I’m already waiting for the headache to begin (I’m not even half-way through it). The beer finishes dry with a very bitter after-taste. Overall, it isn’t terrible, not great. It grows on you (or maybe it’s just the alcohol). Now about halfway through, the alcohol and piney hops seem a bit softer and a bit more mellow. The balance and character of the beer is improving. It is a good attempt, and I’d probably be happy with it if it were my homebrew. But it needs some refinement., or perhaps it just needs some age...