mralex (7) - California, USA - MAR 19, 2009 does not count
Had 2 bottles at the London Pub in Hermosillo, Mexico on St. Patrick’s Day. Nekronos (4175) - Xalapa, MEXICO - JAN 2, 2010
Was very surprised and impressed by this barley wine... I was worried that my trip to Mexico on business would be spent trying to imagine that the Negro Modelo actuall had more flavor than it did.
The Cucapa poured dark with a little head, and the aroma was strong and malty. Taste was rich and reminded me favorably of comparisons with an Old Guardian. Looking forward to finding more of this back home in LA.
Finally got it. NOt as big as I thought, got me really pissed but happy. It was sweet and strong at the same time. DarkElf (3067) - La Jolla, California, USA - JAN 31, 2011
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. hellbilly (3306) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - DEC 23, 2008
served on cask at papago... Ibrew2or3 (8860) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - APR 29, 2010
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...
Courtesy of jarspag. Thanks Jared. Pours amber with ruby edges and tan head. The aroma is sweet English style barleywine with caramel covered red apples, prunes and dates as well as some yummy molasses. The taste is smooth and sweet with malts, caramel and some muted yet bitter pine hops. It seems to smell like an English style but tastes like the hoppy American style barleywine. Very nice stuff either way in my book.
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) Hopper (827) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - JAN 17, 2011
750 ml green bottle from Jimbowood. Pours a thick auburn brown with a decent looking head. The aroma has molasses, figs, plums, dark fruit skins, and a dash of chocolate. Full carbonation. The taste has a very tea like quality. In fact it smells like tea after I got that aspect from the taste. I have to admit this is probably the smoothest 10% ABV barleywine I have had. Just so smooth and easy drinking. I was a little impressed. JohnC (3008) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - APR 7, 2007
On draft at the Stone Bistro. wetherel (1894) - Cupertino, California, USA - MAY 14, 2007
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.
$5 pintat Pizza Port Carlsbad. Green Day (I love that band) playing in the background. Mild fruity aroma. Little head (carbonation setup). Nice lacing, but dies too quickly. Nice deep red amber color. Sweet, sweet with medium alchohol nose and sting. Great beer. Greater with cheese, or with aging to remove the bite. beerpadawan (4) - Venusville, California, USA - MAY 29, 2007 does not count
UPDATED: MAY 30, 2007 The first thing that will grab you is the nose. It has a bright toffee/caramel aroma. A friend described it as "almost like a Heath bar." There is a good, off-white head on the first pour of the pitcher, which settled to an even coating. However, the next pour settled quicklly with no coating.
It is a sweet beer that went reminded me of an old ale such as Thomas Hardy’s, only with a lighter mouthfeel.
It went extremely well with Pizza Port’s Coffee/Chocoloate Chip Ice cream.