joeworrall (86) - USA - FEB 21, 2014asandy9 (1) - - JUN 17, 2017 does not count
On tap at While Foods, it’s clear & brown, it has a sweet doughy smell, the flavor is sweet malted barley with a hint of citrus hops.
The taste and aroma are powerful but not so strong that it overpowers your taste buds. It's just hoppy enough, and not that flat tasting stout.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone MetalNHopHead (1899) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - APR 13, 2017
If there’s one thing that Lagunitas does really well it’s pairing big hops and big malt together. So many of their beers can only be given the catch-all Strong Ale designation, yet they’re all so unique from one another. Hairy Eyeball, at least in the variant I tried, was a surprisingly approachable West Coast Ale. Yes, this brown-colored brew does have a fruity, floral, and herbaceous hop profile, but I mostly picked up on the malt character. Caramel, succulent dark fruit, and brown sugar. The booze is well-hidden on the palate but puts a little pleasant warmth in the stomach. hotstuff (5143) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAR 20, 2017
The appearance includes a medium sized semi-fizzy ivory head that is mostly lasting, mahogany body, slow rising carbonation observed, and a fair amount of lacing. The aroma is toffee, alcohol, dark fruit, earthy, and caramel malt. The flavor presents toffee, alcohol, dark fruit, earthy, sweet, caramel malt, and a semi-dry finish. The mouthfeel is moderate carbonation with a warming effect. This beer is medium-full bodied. This is another good beer from Lagunitas. It is a tasty sipping beer and very malty tasting. This is a good winter beer that is worth trying and a beer that I would drink again. HuskerTan (2168) - Ravenna, Nebraska, USA - MAR 5, 2017
A- Fruity, caramel.
A- Reddish brown color, hazy liquid, off white head.
T- Caramel, fruity, slightly sweet.
P- Medium body, average texture, average carbonation, malty finish.
O- Interesting. Expected a lot of bitterness and malty notes but it was quite fruity and a bit sweet. Pretty easy to drink, at least more so than I expected. Block (2688) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - DEC 29, 2016
Another strong beer. This one has some very spirit like flavors. Strong with the hops and alcohol. Alcohol comes through. The body is malty with some wood and spice.
Angelmonster (197) - Colorado, USA - DEC 2, 2016
Review is of a bomber about 2 years old.
Pours an extremely dark walnut body. Head is beige and 1/5th of an inch.
Smell is heavy on toffee, caramel, biscuit malt, and chocolate malt. Smells like somewhere between a bock, dubbel, and barleywine. For 9%, alcohol isn’t very present, neither are hops.
Taste is a big malt bomb. Getting some fruity esters similar to a dubbel, but less spice. Caramel, toffee, burnt biscuits and light char take over as beer warms. Alcohol is there but not too overpowering, no hops at all.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, well carbonated with a nice head that stuck around for awhile.
Overall this beer was unique and one note at the same time. Got a ton of malt from the beer, yeast strain must have been something Belgian, dont know where else the dried fruit characteristics would come from. Even though it was very sweet and malty I think it’d make a good dessert beer. coolfunnj (374) - Margate City, New Jersey, USA - AUG 17, 2016
sweet malty caramel and fruity aroma maybe some citrusy and or piney hops evident too but way in second..very nice reddish dark brown clear liquid with filmy off white head some lacing..tastes like it smells sort of a fruity barleywine style maltiness with some tingly hop presence not bad at all..thick and slightly oily on the palate though not sticky with a slightly dry finish that lingers..overall a cross between a strong barleywine and a sweet brown ale with just enough hops good stuff and not expensive either elbernays (1479) - Dublin, IRELAND - AUG 13, 2016
Bottle form McHughs. Pours tea reddish brown with off white head. Fairly clear in appearance. Caramel, earthy, nutty aroma. A lot of whiskey and barleywine aroma. Flavour is a caramel sticky malt, a mild oak whiskey finish. Fairly smooth and tasty. alexsdad06 (10279) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 5, 2016
12 oz bottle at home. Pours a deep amber/copper color with a medium sized off white head. The aroma and flavor have sweet malts, caramel, toffee, some dark fruit, a slightly nutty and earthy character, decent enough. J_man (996) - Tustin, California, USA - JUN 30, 2016
For my 900th rating, I got a beer that I’ve heard of and had to import from Mammoth when I was skiing. Big, malty barleywine aroma from a beautiful copper/tan body with a thin off-white head. Sweet light and dark caramel and toffee flavors mix with a nice alcohol bite, both sides of which are so well balanced and keep things under control. There is some bitterness under this, but it seems hidden under the malt sweetness. The flavors swirl around like delicious candy and finally end on a lasting sweet note with some bitterness finally standing on it’s own. A very delicious and deviously strong ale. I’ll most likely be waking up with hairy eyeballs tomorrow.....