puzzl (3258) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 6, 2009
Shared by Notalush. Lots of cereal grains, caramel in the aroma, pretty sweet. Similar flavor with a fairly rough body, tough carbonation. A bit too sweet for the most part. hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - DEC 23, 2008
served on cask at papago...
DarkElf (3062) - La Jolla, California, USA - JAN 31, 2011
clear burgundy brown with a soft toasted almond colored head and random spots of lace.
very comforting aroma... chocolate, toasted nuttiness, roasted grains, muted orange, faint pine, nearly burnt caramel/brown sugar and lots of perfumey flowers.
surprisingly, the palate is not sweet... or harsh... or alcoholic... i*m confused. it*s lightly astringent from the roast but it is so well proportioned and smooth... seemingly like it*s already aged! flavors of orange, raisins, caramel-y butterscotch without the sweet, chocolate covered toasted nuts, faint pine, a light spiciness (cinnamon, maybe pepper), grassy herbal hops and a dry floral finish. buttery texture from the cask. medium to full bodied without any stickiness.
low residual sugar makes it crazy easy to drink... even without carbonation or bitterness.
it does lack a bit of complexity but this is the beez neez...
22-Jan-11 (750-ml bottle: Purchased 13-May-09 for $10.99 at Holiday Wine Cellar in Escondido, CA) Shared at a friend’s birthday party, this beer was one of the big hits. It pours a clear, amber-brown color with an inch of bubbly, beige head that settles to a wide, creamy ring and a dusting. The malty aroma is nicely balanced between toast and caramel, with a developed bouquet of caramel candy, buttered toast, cocoa, earth, and mushrooms. On the palate, the beer is sweet, caramely and candy-like, but not sugary in any way. Cocoa and milk chocolate are balanced by a touch of tart, dried fruits like apricots and prunes. The beer is fairly earthy and woodsy from cellaring, and overall, the sweetness is nicely balanced with earth and light tartness. Medium-full in weight, and though sweet in flavor, it’s still dry and gently acidic for superb balance and drinkability for a barley wine. Light-medium carbonation on the palate, but a crucial touch of light acidity makes up for it, giving the beer a nice refreshing quality. A ring of lacing rests above several patches of foam. Overall, this is a superb English-style barley wine, and it has cellared wonderfully. It was such a terrific beer, I’m really happy I was able to share it with such a beer-smart crowd, which included brewers, bar managers, beer retailers, and craft beer aficionados. PilsnerPeter (3045) - Flushing, New York, USA - MAR 2, 2009
Bottle: Thanks FlacoAlto! Pours an amber color with good clarity and a tan ring of head. Decent aroma- some standard Barley Wine notes of caramelized amber malt, mild dark fruit- as well as toasted coconut and a touch of toffee. Slick and warming feel. The flavor is less developed than the aroma- has what a Barley Wine should, but it’s simple and a bit off- Upfront there’s a caramel and dark fruit note, yet it precedes a cheap bittering hop character on the back which is inky, metallic and astringent. Homogeneous peppery ethanol is apparent as well. Low quality hops and apparent fusels makes this one tough to drink. BOLTZ7555 (3027) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - DEC 3, 2008
Sampled at Big Pour Mesa, AZ. Another great surprise. Crystal clear crimson with an eggshell head. Aroma is of dark fruit, brown sugar, caramel, and toffee. A little smoky with coffee flavors and even a touch of nuttiness. Quite thin for its style. This reminded me more of a scottish ale rather than a barleywine but who really cares...I enjoyed it!!! Delicious!!!
JohnC (3008) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - APR 7, 2007
On draft at the Stone Bistro.
Mahogany color, off white head, a good looking pour with a nice, light malty aroma. The flavor is a balance between malt and dried fruits. Dangeriously quaffable, this one is. Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 22, 2009
750ml Bottle from South Bay Drugs. Pours a lightly hazed deep copper color with a one finger thick beige head that left some spotty lacing. Nice nose of caramel, toffee, some faint herbal hops. Flavor was full of roasted toffee, caramel, and plenty of sweet malts. Brew finished medium in body with a light hop bitterness. cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - JUN 20, 2007
#900 On tap @ the Liars’ Club - This was the first of many beers I had at the Liars’ Club. The beer was probably the most pleasant suprise of all my visits. Pours a clear dark copper color with a thin off white head. Faint lacing. Aroma is sweet toasted malt and floral hops. Flavor is a nice mix of toasted malt and hops. Medium body. Very smooth. Alcohol is nicely hidden. I’d be willing to bet some money that this is the best beer brewed in Mexico. "Buena Materia." Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - NOV 7, 2010
750ml bottle. Rating #112. Dark red with a nice glow too it and a thin light tan head. Very rich sweet caramel aroma, really very nice, just how I expect a barleywine to smell. Nice bitterness too it, more sweet caramel with a nice little booze kick in the finish, a very enjoyable beer. (1422) ABUSEDGOAT (2734) - California, USA - FEB 21, 2008
Draft at Toronado. Darker amber, almost no head. Aroma is very fruity, some sherry notes, some caramel as well. Medium to full body, quite sweet. Possibly the best Mexican beer I’ve had.