hellomynameis (877) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - JUL 7, 2007
Very sweet overall, even in the aroma. Some toasted flavors and a bit of bitterness are hidden in the flavor. Overall, however, it’s pretty damn sweet and is kind of a mess, though it still is tasty. ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - DEC 30, 2014
12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a semi-hazy orange color. The head on this is pretty solid: one finger high, pale yellow shade, good texture, and decent retention. Its smoothness suggests it isn’t hopped to high heaven. Plenty of sticky, thick-looking lacing is left on the glass.
S: This has a particularly nutty smell, which seems to be assisted by its piny, floral hop notes. Let it warm up a bit, and the aforementioned piny, floral aroma really comes to the forefront. Let it warm up even more, and the malts return better than ever, bringing slight touches of dark fruit, candy, and even chocolate (!) on occasion. The aroma has some promise, especially for a brewery that doesn’t usually pull off hoppy brews well.
T: Its initial flavor is fairly hoppy, bringing primarily a floral quality. These hop notes are supplanted with notes of nuts, dark fruits, and occasional chocolate. The finishing booze is prevalent, but not particularly harsh - in fact, its tart, fruity flavor (continuing where the malts left off) helps give it a bit of depth instead of come off as pure vodka. While it’s not the boldest of barleywines, I like it as a more easygoing alternative.
M: It isn’t that heavy feeling. It has enough carbonation. It’s even faintly crisp. Translation: this beer is dangerous as fuck. Sure, you taste - and occasionally feel - the alcohol, but its integration means you’re noticing the actual flavor instead of wincing from the booze. The finish is sweet, but who cares? This is a 10.6% barleywine - that doesn’t come across like 10.6% at all.
O: I’m semi-impressed. Half the time I forget about DuClaw as a local option, and when I do remember them, I usually go ’meh’ and get something else. But every once in a while, I come to the realization that they can make some really good beer on occasion (X-1 springs instantly to mind.) And honestly, this IS really good - it brings all the good traits of a barleywine while leaving many of qualities I don’t like on the back burner. I’d reckon this is their best beer that comes in 6-packs.
Now, if only DuClaw could brew X-1 again... Turboninja (822) - Tampere, FINLAND - JAN 2, 2016
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, from Wine Spot, Cleveland, USA. Medium/strong distinctive slightly artificial aroma with raisin, caramel and alcohol. Dark copper color with small light beige head and semi-hazy liquid. Strong complex taste with sweet raisin, plum, cherry and alcohol. Averagely balanced with wide/medium taste spectrum and long sweet hoppy aftertaste of sweet raisin and a hint of sweet malts. Medium/strong body with medium/light carbonation. Overall, distinctive taste but in a bit artificial and messy fashion.
Growler courtesy of IBrew2or3. First of all it was served way too cold. Poured dark amber with a creamy tan head. Nose is vinous and port like with big citric hop notes and touches of caramel and chocolate. Body is very thin with soft carbonation. Flavor is citric hops and dark fruit notes atop a sweet caramel malt base. Finishes with slight warming alcohol. Thanks Dave! aobecksy (700) - Middle of no where, Ohio, USA - JUL 1, 2007
RBSG 07 red body with little head and no lacing smells like a milky way. Texture was distracting in its oiliness. Sharpe in the finish.
hoosiers1994 (684) - Maryland, USA - OCT 15, 2011
Bottle with a year of age, pours a nice caramel color with thin off white head and lots of lacing. Aromas are alcohol, dark fruit and pine. Taste is hot from the alcohol, caramel malts, raisins, and a nice hoppy finish. Overall, a very good American barleywine. Advocate_Ames (635) - Steubenville, Ohio, USA - MAR 4, 2015
Pours a dark amber orange with a defined foam head. The aroma is of earthy evergreen and floral hops. I noticed scents of carmel, dates, a touch of mocha like notes, and a pleasant sweet malted grain scent. Tasting, I picked up on a medium sweetner like flavor. I noticed a crisp yet lightly toasted blend of chocolate and carmel malts. There was also a backdrop of raisins and pears that peaked through in the flavor. Overall this was a nicely done beverage. It had a great finish with a fine lingering bitterness that helped mask the booze bite. In the end it effected my palate but not harshly. I’d recommend giving this brew a try, glad I picked up a 6pk. wickedpete (634) - Lexington Park, Maryland, USA - NOV 25, 2007
Still, whiskey-like amber with only a hint of bubbles rising to the surface. Aroma is sweet with noticeable hops and some alcohol. The flavor is strongly sweet like candy with a substantial presence of hops in the front and finish. The alcohol is hidden well overall. The palate could use a little more carbonation but for the most part this beer is the best I’ve had from Duclaw yet. jeffin7 (613) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - APR 26, 2004
Aroma of caramel, alcohol, dark fruit. Flavor of piney and spicy hops, caramel, molasses. It has nice long finish. Thans to scraff for bringing this to When Continents collide 2. Miver (609) - Silver Spring, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 27, 2007
Draft at Fell’s Point and then Bel Air in the same day. Don’t ask. :) Poured Amber in color with small off white head. Taste is well balanced with Raison tones. Hints a caramel as well. It hides the alcohol remarkably well.