STEPHENDR (478) - California, USA - MAY 4, 2007
22 oz. bottle- color of translucent mahogany, with a good cream colored head - nose of nice hops, brown sugar , and alcohol – taste of slight hops , molasses , prunes , and way too much alcohol - body is creamy with some texture when one get past the alcohol burn , and with low carbonation – aftertaste of raisins , slight hops , red fruit , caramel , and alcohol – this beer is green defiantly needs age CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAY 28, 2007
Pours a transparent copper orange with a thin, wispy-lacing white head. Aroma of sweet sugary caramel with a hint of grapefruity hops. First sip had some sweet malt to it, but a lot of citrusy bittering hops and a big, warming finish, but after a few sips, the beer started to meld together a little better. The sweetness came out to balance the bitterness and both worked to mask the alcohol. After my first sip I didn’t think I’d be finishing the 22oz bottle, but I’m more than half way there and showing no signs of stopping. rajendra82 (1093) - 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. SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 14, 2007
22 oz. bottle, from BevMo LaJolla. This pours beautiful, mostly clear bright reddish copper with a large fluffy head that lingers well. Aroma of sweetish maltiness, some caramel, citrus fruit, with hints of spice, but also a weirdish dusty cardboard scent. Flavor is way rich and malty, with soft ripe fruits, grapefruit and citrus hops, a little spice and noticible alcohol. Full body, smooth and gently carbonated. Ibrew2or3 (8614) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 12, 2007
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.
brentfeesh (1208) - 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. beernovice39 (3270) - Idaho, USA - JAN 19, 2012
Bottle pours a hazy amber with a small off white head. Scent of hops and dark fruit. Taste is caramel and big time hops. Nice Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 27, 2007
Complex and almost sloppy monster beer. Malty as all heaven followed by an earthquake of hops. Brown in color with a rich creamy head. I can see why others don’t like this beer so much, but I do appreciate the "go big or go home" philosophy of the organic brewmaster. 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... robertjm (892) - Albany, California, USA - MAY 11, 2007
Pours frothy bubbly head, which doesn’t last too long. Cross between amber and yellow in color. Kind of hazy. Malty nose with tones of alcohol. VERY pronounced alcohol in flavor, with a hoppy aftertaste. Body is average, not overly thick like some barleywines can be. Hopes are there, but not crazy like in a Bigfoot. Heavy alcohol in the aftertaste and on the palate.