fordest (2470) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - FEB 10, 2007
Draft at O’Brien’s. Very sweet aromas off this medium brown pour with barely any head. Banana and dark fruit. Flavors were similar with some caramel and vanilla. Nice hoppy finish too. Not bad. By far the best Mexican beer I have ever had. bb (9268) - Alamo, California, USA - FEB 20, 2007
Draft. Amber beer with a nice off-white head. Lighter grapefruit/earthy malt aroma. Great balanced flavor with malt/caramel, spice, raisin, and citrus bitterness with slight roast. Lingering caramel and citrus. Fuller bodied. Nice. Slight chocolate tones. emacgee (4675) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - MAR 19, 2009
Thanks to ucusty for sharing. Pours a reddish copper with a one finger light orange yellow head. The aroma is mild and sweet, peaty, some caramel, molasses. The flavor is smoky, peaty, some bacon?, mild acetaldehyde, malty, caramel, nice bitterness. The palate is waxy and bitter. ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAR 19, 2009
Thanks to Hellbilly for this one! Clear copper pour thick tan head and spotty lace. Caramel malts, peat a slight earthiness on the nose. Light smokey flavor combined with caramel and sausage. Flavor was lacking the hop profile I am accustomed to bhensonb (15190) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 4, 2009
Bottle from South Bay Drug. Pours a brilliant reddish orange copper color - like a jewel. The beige/tan head started respectable, but went while I typed this. Big aromas of malt and fruit. All mixed together. Full bodied with mild carbonation. Rather fluffy. There’s some heat up front. It starts a bit sweet, then goes astringent. Light smoke. Touch of treacle. Not a lot of hop in the finish. Surely fits the style though. A good sipper.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAY 5, 2009
750ml. Pours a dark and lightly hazy blood red color. A small, foamy, khaki colored head settles to a thin film, leaving scattered, spotty lacing on the glass. The nose is pretty true to the English barleywine style, caramel and nougat driven, with notes of light toffee and dark fruit. Mild earthy and floral hops lend nice balance. Flavors mirror the nose, rich and malty with loads of toffee and caramel. Mild cocoa roast and earthy hops keep the sweetness in check. The mouthfeel is pretty solid, substantial without being cloying and balanced on the tongue. Damn solid brew. About 110% better than your average Mexican beer. DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 18, 2009
smells slightly aged and sherry-like, with a sweet molasses background, some charred sugar, and a smidgen of hops. THe color was a nice glowing chestnut, but the head was so too thin and revealing. Very smokey and charred-sugar like flavors..balancing hop character...I like the smokey rustic nature of this though the mouthfeel is too wet and I wish it was thicker and/or creamier. Other than mouthfeel, I think the flavors are nicely unique...It hides the alcohol rather well, though you can certainly feel the warmth in your belly. argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 3, 2009
(PPSG09, 750ml bottle, thanks EDA) Large beige head that mostly dissipates atop clear copper body. Aroma is moderately sweet, caramel, some smoke, light raisin, orange. Taste is sweet, raisin, caramel, light orange, smoke. Sticky full body, low carbonation. douglas88 (9178) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 22, 2009
750 ml bottle brought back from Arizona thanks to Eric. Pours a dark brown color with a large beige head. A very sweet malty nose; lots of caramel, rich dry malts. The taste is similarly dominated by a huge malt and caramel presence; somewhat dry and very tasty. Not too much hops, more English than American for sure. A nice sweet flavor with a good mouthfeel. porterhouse (1580) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - OCT 11, 2009
(750 ml bottle via trade with BMan1113VR, thanks Andrew!) Pours slightly hazy dark slightly reddish amber. A finger and a half of biege head. Aroma of light pine, candy-malt, caramel, vanilla and hint of licorice. Mouthfeel fairly full, fairly smooth, a touch sticky in finish. Some light dabs of lacing and a syrupy film. Flavor of big candy-malt and lighter toffee/caramel overlain by pine. A hint of smokiness and a bitter pinch in the finish. Some hints of chocolate and licorice on the back end as it warms. Warming and lightly hot. A nice, maltier example of the style.