Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 6, 2008
22oz bottle from BevMo Carmel Mountain. Pored a beautiful clear amber ruby color with a nicely laced off whit head. Nose and flavor reminded me of a malty IPA. A good brew, not very indicative of the Barley wine style though. beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - MAR 12, 2008
Pours dark amber, very clear, with a soft off-white head leaving nice lacing as you drink. Easier to drink then some on the market, lighter body, less hops, alcohol is present but not edgy and harsh. Malts were toasty, caramel and coffee cake flavors, hops balance and bitter, but didn’t have much of a powerful flavor presence. It looks like there is a lot of variation in these beers, others seem to think this was to hoppy, mine wasn’t so, maybe it has sat for a bit and the hops mellowed out. ABUSEDGOAT (2793) - California, USA - MAR 29, 2008
Amber colored, pretty good lacing and retention. Aroma is a mixed bag of cookie, caramel, various fruits, moderate to low hops. Medium to full body, pretty sweet. While most of their beers lack any real character, the soft ’organic’ feel helped this one out IMO. Very drinkable for a 10.6% BW. Quite a bit going on, but flavors are minuscule for a 10.6% beer. Interesting one... jazz88 (2683) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 15, 2007
Bottle. A dark amber color with a big foamy tan head that quick diminished. A pine, sweet malt, caramel and hop aroma. Sweet (a little too sweet) malty flavor with pine resin and a slight alcohol burn. Reid (2589) - 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.
StefanSD (2451) - Ouray, Colorado, USA - JAN 5, 2008
650 ml bottle from Bevmo. Pours a rich amber color with sudsy off-white head that lasted a while and left plenty of lacing in the glass. The aroma is strong with a citrus and sweet malt bouquet. The flavor up front is very hoppy biter; the impact of this beer is that it is an IPA or IIPA because of the bitterness. Besides the biter there is a taste of grapefruit, raisins, and walnuts. The mouthfeel is smooth and full, with good carbonation. The finish is long with lingering bitterness. Overall: this is a great beer to come home to after a hard day at work. Recommended. SDalkoholic (2395) - Linda Vista, California, USA - JAN 19, 2008
22 oz bottle from Pizza Port’s bottle shop. A crystal clear mahogany is for the color while a small patch of head and slight lacing will occur. In the nose, a dark malt and delicate sweetness carries the aroma for a well induced scent. The flavor is mildly hoppy and sweet with caramel but nothing special or anything I’d like to taste again. robforbes (2257) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - AUG 15, 2008
caramel/copper in color with a medium dirty white head.popery (2170) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 20, 2009
smell of roasted nuts, spice, some pepper, caramel, barley, some cocoa in the back.
taste is grainy, some nuts, some caramel, and that organic funk.
i was really happy with this, the look, the smell, then when i tasted it i could not believe that i tasted "organic" and sure enough when i checked the bottle it was organic.
It’s been about 15 months since I purchased the bottle. I don’t know if it’s significantly worse fresh, but this is a big, rich barleywine at this point and it’s quite nice. The beer is a pretty standard red-tinged amber with a small head fading to a bit of lacing. The aroma is particularly good - vanilla, caramel malt, a touch of lingering citric hops, cognac around the edges and an almost koelsch-like vinous quality. The grape aroma is all sweet, little champagne grapes and adds a lot. The flavor has that silky, smooth sweetness of residual sugars that have slowly oxidized. The mouthfeel could be a touch creamier but it’s still good. It’s really quite nice at this point. I almost want to try a fresh bottle to understand some of the lower scores. I’m not sure why this beer would rate lower than Old Guardian or Green Flash’s barleywine. bitbucket (2165) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - APR 23, 2008
Bomber. This beer seems to be pretty close to the middle of the pack for beers named "Train Wreck" so I’m looking at it with a bit of trepidation. Pours clear coppery amber with a thick and lacy off-white head. Soft citrus, peach, toffee and grass aroma. The taste is not quite as rewarding - and more in line with the name. The taste starts toffee sweet, but hops are all over the place, and quickly stomp all over anything that’s going on with the malt. Herbal, perfumy, maybe with a little plastic? This one just doesn’t work for me.