slowrunner77 (12895) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 18, 2014
"Keg of 2007 on tap at Baileys in Portland. Mostly caramel and some buttering hops and alcohol on the back end. A bit past its prime but still nice...juuuuust a bit stale. Great body though." 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. 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. beastiefan2k (4112) - HdG (past: NYC, KS, Rain City), Maryland, USA - JAN 6, 2008
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. GregClow (3402) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 20, 2008
Bottle shared with blankboy, HogTownHarry, jerc, mabel & tupalev - courtesy of HogTownHarry. Ruby-amber with a moderately sized off-white head. Aroma of earthy malt, tobacco leaf and citrus pith. Medium bodied. Flavour is sharp and hot, very bitter, lots of citrus pith, and not enough malt to fill it out.
blankboy (7808) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 7, 2008
Bottle (22oz) shared with HogTownHarry, GregClow, jerc, mabel & tupalev -- courtesy of HogTownHarry. Pours a slightly hazy orange-amber with a small frothy white head. Aroma of caramel malt, a hint of alcohol, some fruit and floral hops. Flavour: Whoa, man that’s boozy! Malt, resiny hops and a dry very bitter finish. Average bodied. Somewhat hard to drink, this is just O.K. robforbes (2267) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - AUG 15, 2008
caramel/copper in color with a medium dirty white head.jrmac (335) - South Carolina, USA - MAR 2, 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.
The bottle says you will be lucky to walk away from this.....the beer says I am not that big of a beer. Seriously though, this beer is nice and malty with a decent hop bitterness. caramel and toffee notes and really more drinkable then lots of barley wines. For this price it is hard to beat. hopdog (13102) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 2, 2009
22oz bottle shared courtesy of Josh. Poured a medium and clear amberish color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of dark fruits and caramel. Tastes of dark fruits, caramel, some grassiness, and toffee. Thinner body. 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.