ChainGangGuy (4941) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - NOV 18, 2007
Appearance: Pours a hazy, deep amber body with a large, creamy-looking off-white head.
Smell: Alcoholic, sweet-smelling nose of caramel syrup and candied citrus fruits. Lesser notes of biscuits and pine needles as well.
Taste: Sugary caramel flavor upfront followed by a variety of juicy citrus fruits, traces of pine, and a solid bitterness. The sweetness makes a rebound with hints of brown sugar coated biscuits. The candy sweet finish carries with it a palate-scorching alcohol bite.
Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation. Definite warming alcohol presence.
Drinkability: Not so bad, all things considered, though it most certainly could benefit from further time away in the cellar. TomDecapolis (4636) - Milton, Delaware, USA - OCT 1, 2009
Pours a translucent amber with lots of golden notes and a smaller bubbly off white. Aroma of dark fruits, caramel, toffee and brown sugar. Flavor of dark fruits, caramel, toasted malt, toffee, lots of hop bitterness. Bitterness really lingers. nick76 (4403) - Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 23, 2008
The aroma is full of caramel, toasted malt, and pine hops. The appearance is amber with a nice head. The flavor is bitter with lots of caramel malt. The palate is thick. Overall it’s good. goldtwins (4319) - Nesconset, New York, USA - FEB 18, 2008
Poured a slightly hazed amber color with a small mostly white head. The aroma was malty, sweet and fruity with light citrus hops. It had a kind of sweet cherry aroma. The flavor was sweet and fruity with earthy notes and stiff bitterness. Medium to full bodied and fairly warming. The name is close. IrishBoy (4252) - Bakersfield, California, USA - SEP 6, 2007
2007 Bomber from Bottle Barn; Nose of floral hops, plums, and caramel; Copper with a medium honey colored head; flavor has a little hop bitterness, brwon sugar, caramel, and raisins mixed with light alcohol. Pretty good and underrated for a young BW.
FlacoAlto (4228) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 14, 2007
Sampled March 2007 at the Stuffed Sandwich, San Gabriel CAbeastiefan2k (4179) - HdG (past: NYC, KS, Rain City), Maryland, USA - JAN 6, 2008
Candied orange aromatics greet my nose from the first, but are also joined by nice herbal notes, some solid berry aromas and a touch of menthol. The beer is a brilliantly clear, amber hued red color and it is topped by a frothy, initially one finger-thick, tan colored head that is decent for a draught beer.
It is immediately apparent that this is a chewy beer, not to mention that this is definitely a hoppy brew. Hop notes of pine, green tasting herbs, plus lots of citrusy notes of orange, grapefruit, tangerine and apricot are prominently noticeable. This beer is defined by very large flavors, with the hops definitely leading the way, yet there is certainly a lot of supporting malt character here. The malt takes on notes of caramel, toffee and noticeable residual malt sugars and that is what is easily noticeable underneath all the hop character. There is a nice berry character here that comes through if you roll the beer around on the tongue a bit. Brandy notes really add to what is already a contemplative sipping brew. This is one of the better Barley Wines out there; certainly it is hop centric, but even the hops have lots of complex flavors that just mix so well with the huge, chewy, yet supporting malt character.
Bottled shared by JoeMcPhee, I think. The brewers of this beer did a great thing, they were able to show the drinker how hard it is to make a pretty crappy barleywine. It’s not easy but Butte Creek nailed it. And Train Wreck is the perfect name for this beauty. The beer is a dark orange/amber color, of course very plain, they should have tried to make it pale clear to hit all the low points. The aroma is filled with astringent alcoholic cherry. The first sure sign of a bad barleywine. The taste is kind of empty icky malts. that’s it. Crit (4099) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 10, 2008
Hazy orange amber,lasting beige head.Fruity molasses/hop nose.Starts sweet,treacle,molasses,medium alc heat,medium bitter bitterness in finish. Decent lace. jake65 (4033) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - MAY 4, 2007
Bottle: Pours a copper color with a medium sized off-white head. Citrus and piney hops with a malty sweetness in the aroma. The taste is plenty of citrus and piney hops, some malt presence, and caramel. I like a hoppy barley wine, so this one is quite drinkable. Thanks to Indiana_Red for sharing this. SSSteve (4006) - - APR 21, 2007
2007. hazy amber/orange color with a large yellow head. hoppy, fruity aroma with a hint of caramel. flavor is hoppy with a good caramel malt with a bourbon-like finish. strong alcohol presence. definitely needs some time to age.