DuffMan (10435) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 25, 2009
Sampled at The Big Pour beerfest in Scottsdale AZ, after somehow sneaking/stumbling into the VIP area. My first Mexican barley wine! Deep red-orange colour, rich aromas of sherry, vanilla, cedar, and sweet stewed fruits. Sweet toffee malt flavours, with cherry and raisin fruit, vanilla, and a hint of smoke. I was really happy with this one! DYCSoccer17 (3698) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 2, 2011
Blind rating at New Year’s Eve Blind Barleywine tasting. 5 ounce sample. Bottle purchased at the Davis Food Co-Op. The bottle was about a year old. Vinous, slightly metallic, and a little fruity in the nose. Some citrus and scant booze is also present. Transparent amber body with a decent tan head and really nice lacing. Light astringent tartness to start, but it then becomes chewy, sweet, and caramelly in the middle. Finishes with a nice sweetness. I am really digging the chewy, caramel notes in the body of this. The ethanol is well-hidden. Unfortunately, the astringency to start is a little wack. Otherwise, this is a really solid beer. doublebock (558) - California, USA - APR 9, 2011
Cloudy orange brown color with little to no head. Big malty aroma with some oak, caramel and port. Rich and sweet malty flavor with toffee, molasses and dark fruits. Could have used some more carbonation. Felicidades to this Mexican brewery for creating a bar that’s up there with its neighbor’s in terms of a tasty and solid barleywine. nightrider (754) - encinitas, California, USA - MAY 28, 2007
On tap at PP C-Bad.Pretty deep amber red with next to no head. Aroma of sweet malt . Very slippery on the palate with a little spice and hop along with the sugary malt. Not a lot of bitterness. Very nice to drink with a good finish. Bueno senor! 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."
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!!! SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - JAN 18, 2009
Pours a deep amber brown with an off white head that lasts a while. Nice aroma of chocolate, brown sugar, roasted malt and a touch of fruit. Great flavor including all of the above, but lacking the sweetness of many barley wines. Good spicy hops on the finish. Nearly thick and creamy on the palate. Really good stuff. Viva la Mexico! JoeMcPhee (9427) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 31, 2009
Bottle shared at a recent tasting, but things are pretty fuzzy at this point. Deep rich aroma with a soft lovely cocoaish flavour and a bit of light smokiness. Very rich and sweet with lots of nice toastiness. A touch of light cherryish flavour. Rich caramel and cocoa with a light brown sugar flavour. Earthy and toasty with a bit of soft caramel and rich lingering fruit. This is a really lovely barleywine. 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. Gypsy19 (726) - California, USA - DEC 5, 2009
750ml, $9.49, from the Davis Co-Op. Pours a deep ruby amber with a medium-sized yellow-tan head. Looks absolutely stunning, perfect for the style, even better than my beloved Old Stock dare I say. Aroma is pretty straightforward; dark malts, honey, brown sugar, unprocessed barley. Pleasant aroma, simply. Ooh, a definte malt bomb flavor-wise, slightly sweet, good hop counterpoint which waited until the last minute to present itself. Pretty smoky flavor too (only slightly meaty is the smokiness), grassy finish. Alcohol is present but relatively subtle. Gooey body, sticky finish no less. Easily the best Mexican beer I or anyone else have ever had. Which isn’t saying much, of course, but it’s really nice to see a decent beer coming from Mexico at this point in history nevertheless. A very nice example of the style. Overall, very good to excellent.