l1br4r14n (451) - Rancho Cucamonga, California, USA - JAN 29, 2010
Pours murky orange with a thin white head and some sediment that quickly settles. Aroma is mostly hops, flavor is very soapy, some hop bitterness, sticky and syrupy. Meh. CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 16, 2007
On tap at the brewpub on 12/6/07: Transparent dark copper amber pour has a nicely-lacing frothy light tan head. Aroma of lightly sweet caramel malt with some fresh grapefruity and orange hoppy notes. Body starts pretty viscous with sweet caramely character and some astringent bitterness toward a slightly earthy, bittersweet finish. I noticed the same strange bitter off-flavor in their coffee stout. 3fourths (9356) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 7, 2007
Unfiltered and hazy dark amber and copper colored body with a frothy, thick head. Very strange nose of faint wet cardboard (again), some mineral and vegetable notes, but altogether it doesn’t smell very strong at all, it’s a very mild, almost nonexistent smell. The flavor consists of some light cherry and crystal malt qualities, and it sits thick and vinuous on the palate, but it’s under-carbonated and without any dominant malt body to play on, the most striking feature is the wet cardboard that Franklin’s seems to have in a lot of their beer. In the finish I get a turnip note, which I don’t think I’ve ever tasted in beer before. badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - DEC 1, 2007
Tasted at brewery. Hazy orange with a white head. Sweet caramel malty aroma and taste with a good hoppy profile. wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - FEB 18, 2007
Draught. Murky brown, small lacy head. Aroma is very hoppy, citrusy, and malty. Flavor is similar, nice bitter finish, alcohol in aftertaste. More like an imperial IPA than barleywine.
illinismitty (2271) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 17, 2007
Pours a murky amber orange with a wisp of an off white head. Fruity aroma with some caramelized sugar in the background. Nice full mouthfeel and medium soft carbonation. Flavor has a nice amout of fruity hops balanced by some toffee and caramel. Nice bitter finish. Based on previous beers tonight, Its obvious that this brewer like hops. Nothing overly complex, but solid and enjoyable. ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - JAN 17, 2007
Cloudy opaque amber body with a small, off-white head. The aroma is grapefruit, tangereine, fairly hoppy for barley wine with some caramel and toffee. The flavor is caramel, herbal, citrus and moderately sweet. Medium/full body with a sticky texture and soft carbonation. nimbleprop (8708) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 6, 2007
I love Franklins but this was a failure. No head, transparent brown. Almost no aroma but I guess if you search you can smell some malt. Flavor was apple at first but finishes with a toxic, industrial taste. I admire a craft brewer for trying it, but I’d tinker with the recipe next time. kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - DEC 20, 2006
Draft, at Franklins; listed as 9.5%. Cloudy, dark reddish-orange appearance; off-white head with good retention and lacing. Plenty of maply syrup and floral / citrus hops in the aroma; oddly, I’m getting hints of plastic and a slightly lactic quality. Medium-to-full, balanced mouthfeel: plenty of sugar and maple syrup maltiness backing things up, with generous amounts of chewy, citrus hops upfront; good levels of carbonation, very tasty young, though this would age well. Slightly bitter finish, showing citrus and floral hops. lamas (1651) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 31, 2005
On tap. Served in a snifter glass. A hazy brownish-red pour with a thick khaki head that lingers. Not a whole lot going on aroma-wise. Fairly sweet and malty aroma with some pears in there. Medium-bodied. A very balanced taste. An ample amount of sweet caramel and malts with a dry, bitter grapefruit finish. The alcohol is slightly noticeable, but I definitely didn’t think this was near 10%. Pretty good.