Garrold (5265) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 27, 2015
Bottle. Hop Hideout, Sheffield. 11.6%. Hazy, dark gold. Messy, filmy, bubbly, white head. Very fruity, strawberry, ripe tomato, nectarine goodness. Some vanilla infused white chocolate. Really unusual, and completely delicious aroma. Taste is white chocolate sweet, turning spicy dry, and spicy bitter. Palate is soft, airy, chewy, and boozy, although not the tune of 11 odd percent. Finishes long, rich, spicy vanilla custard, get it down your neck, chewy bitter. Lovely. Loads going on. Love that ripe tomato thing. Smells fantastic. poisoneddwarf (2511) - Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho, USA - JUN 23, 2012
4 oz sample at the brewery on 6/13/12 (holy crap, was that really ten days ago?--I’ve been waiting to add this til after my 1000th rating and until I got more info about it). Pours pale hazy gold with a nice white lacy head. Aroma is clean and hoppy. Taste is much smoother and more drinkable than Old Crust, in my opinion. I thought it was really good. lusikka (7813) - Tampere, FINLAND - OCT 18, 2012
Draught @ Rogue Ales Public House, San Francisco. Rated on 17.10.2012.dwyerpg (6180) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAR 27, 2014
Pours a beautiful hazy yellow colour with a white firm head. Aroma is full-on hoppy with floral hops and some caramel. Flavour is really intense with caramel, licorice, syrup, massively bitter floral hops, grass and alcohol. Full bodied, thick and sticky mouthfeel with a finish of loads and loads of hops and alcohol. Mouth-drying. So fresh, so good. This is not for everyone.
Well this definitely seemed way more like an IPA than a barley wine to me. No molasses flavor or soma but a very noticeable hop content. Pretty good but nothing memorable. bhensonb (15190) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 7, 2014
Capped wild 750 from BevMo in Folsom, CA. Pours hazy gold with a foamy white head. Aroma of cooked caramel with some mixed hop notes. Full bodied or more. Flavor is lightish caramel with a hop burn (unless it’s alcohol, but I don’t think so), and toffee, fruit, damn near anything but citrus. This is fantastic. Better than that. Loving it.
swanmann (773) - Nompton, Oklahoma, USA - APR 28, 2014
Bottle: Clear and brassy orange with off white head. Smells of orange blossom, pine, caramel, alcohol. Syrupy, sweet, twangy, bitter... Not quite a barley wine. I would say closer to IIPA. I have to say I didn’t let this age for any amount of time. I found a solid caramel body along side prominent hoppy citrus rind bitterness. Delicious. bubbleflubber (2227) - Swannanoa, North Carolina, USA - JUL 29, 2014
Pours into the glass a hazy orange with an initial foamy head that diminishes to a light ring of suds. The nose is of oranges, Caramel and light alcohol notes. Flavors include sweet Caramel, candied oranges, a hint of Tangy citrus and finishes with a bold bitter back of peppering hops. Full-bodied and oily on the palate, this is a great nightcap Or aperitif for meals. Gorgeous brew! Love the complexity, substance and marrying of two of my favorite styles. Caytinator (1005) - Waco, Texas, USA - AUG 17, 2014
Pint on tap at the portland brewpub. Gold color, cloudy, good lacing. Really good taste overall, it’s got that barleywine taste at the end that marries well with the hops, actually. What a finisher...the master finisher. Weird wicked genre-defying beer, glad i tried it.
superspak (5587) - Michigan, USA - SEP 25, 2014
750 ml bottle into snifter, 2014 bottling. Pours fairly hazy golden orange color with a 1 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, apricot, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel/rind, pine, floral, grass, caramel, toffee, honey, biscuit, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great complexity and balance of big citrus/tropical hops and moderate dark/bready malt sweetness; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, apricot, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel/rind, pine, floral, grass, caramel, toffee, honey, biscuit, and floral/grassy earthiness. Good amount of pine/citrus rind bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, apricot, pineapple, lemon zest, orange rind, pine, caramel, toffee, honey, biscuit, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity and balance of big citrus/tropical hops and moderate dark/bready malt sweetness; with a good malt/bitterness balance and no cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a smooth, fairly creamy/slick, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent blonde barleywine style. All around great complexity and balance of big citrus/tropical hops and moderate dark/bready malt sweetness; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering. raphael (1254) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 31, 2015
Haven’t been drinking much Rogue recently--though did my share back when they were early on the scene--but this one is very fine. The funky/cutesy name is accurate--more than an IIPA, not quite a barleywine or strong in terms of heaviness in malt and on palate.
Aromas all over the place—leather, caramel, bubblegum, alcohol. may look like an IPA but neither smells or tastes—alcohol, orange peel, pine, caramel—mixed but not clashing, a little wave of sweetness followed by a raspy bitter. Warm, alcoholic finish.