jercraigs (10374) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 15, 2008
2008-07-11. Golden amber body with a quick head. Dry grains, cereals, sweet malt, muted floral touches top a fruity alcoholic aroma. Similar flavour with decent amounts of bitterness, but the overall is a touch rough bordering on astringent at times. Dry malty undertones, grapefruit seeds without the citrusy highlights. Average palate. Meh. Bottle shared by HogTownHarry marcus (10227) - Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 20, 2007
Sampled at Sacramento Brewing Barleywine Festival. This copper-colored ale pouerd with a miniscule off-white head. The initial taste is funky and thin, with a very bitter finish. This brew doesn’t taste like a barleywine (way too many hops) and wasn’t really worth drinking. "Train Wreck" is an appropriate name. JoeMcPhee (9427) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 5, 2008
Deep ruddy amber beer. Slightly sweet rich toasted malt aroma. Chewy sweet, caramel and toast with a soft toffeeish character as well. Fairly dirty and rancid backnotes behind the otherwise solid malts. Well-named, really. bb (9268) - 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. mabel (9246) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 13, 2008
[1525-20080711] 22floz bottle. Sweet malty fresh moss-covered rocks aroma. Slightly hazy, burnt amber body with a quick creamy off-white foam. Super boozy syrup malt flavour has "bitter grapefruit seeds" and a bit of toasted grains with a very bitter aftertaste. Medium-full body is heavy with a long-lasting astringency. Boozy heavy low notes is overall quite rough.
Ibrew2or3 (8614) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 12, 2007
(c/o HogTownHarry, w/ him, blankboy, GregClow, jerc, tupalev)
Bomber pours clear copper with tan head and decent lacing initially. The aroma brings up big dark fruity esters of plums, prunes, raisins, pepper and hard candy cherries. There’s also an alcohol note. The taste starts with a mixture of sweet malts, pale malts and a burst of dark fruitiness. Then it becomes increasingly fruity with prunes, sweet cherries, raisins, then a slight medicinal cherry cough syrup note along with mild pepper. It ends with lingering dark fruit notes, a hint of caramel malt sweetness and a bit of alcohol. Considering the age and the ABV the alcohol isn’t out of line. This can certainly use a couple of years on the shelf though. after4ever (8025) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - MAY 26, 2008
22. Pours a deep dark mahogany with bright burgundy highlights. Thick, creamy tan head that really sticks around. Plenty of craggy lacing, too. Opens up with a big dark ganja-like aroma, as you would expect from a northern California beer called "Train Wreck." That mixes in with dark wet leaves, a wee bit of earth, and plenty of wood. The body kicks off thick and creamy; very nice. Plummy, vinous notes mingle with the wood, earth, and leaves. If this beer reminds me of anything, it’s Bigfoot--not ganja. The wood notes are very pronounced. Nice dark and sharp finish. This is a very good barleywine, maybe a great one, and will only improve with age as that sharp vinous stuff settles down and it all blends. JaBier (7973) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - MAR 17, 2009
Sampled at the Hopsnobbery Collective barley wine tasting on 3.14.09. Clear amber pour with a medium beige head. Malty caramel aroma with a touch of hop. A bit of hop flavor up front with caramel malt and more subtle hop in the finish. One of the better offerings of the evening. PorterPounder (7970) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - APR 12, 2008
Tallahassee, Fl. - Market Square Liquors - 22 oz bomber. Medium to dark copper pour, khaki colored head, decently thick, good lace. Faint, sprucey aroma, some nuttiness. not as pronounced an aroma as expected. Nutty flavor, fruity - some grapefruit citrus, maple syrup, pretty solid rib sticking BW flavor. Silky smooth mouthfeel, especially for an organic - however, has a bit of a harsh aftertaste. Holds the 10.6% ABV quite well. Ernest (7696) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Bottle. Head is initially average sized, frothy, off-white, mostly lasting. Body is hazy medium amber. Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (cookie, caramel), moderately hoppy (grapefruit, resin, apricot), with notes of alcohol and candied fruit (mango, pineapple, etc.). Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Full body, creamy texture, soft/lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic. A perfectly fine barleywine that’s somewhere in between American and British in style, though leaning a bit more towards the former. No idea why the score so far is so low; it’s pleasantly fruity under the hops and nicely balanced for the style. A little boozy perhaps, but that’s pretty much the only gripe.