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RATINGS: 1371   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 273   ABV: 9.1%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
"Here’s Lookin’ Atcha’!"

Laying there, staring up at the ceiling, head pounding, last night was a dim recollection. How did he get home? Was he alone? Looking to the left and right, the answer was yes, maybe. His head was full of ’rag water, bitters, and the blue ruin’.His teeth felt like he’d been chewing aluminum and his breath smelled like a burning tractor tire. There was a wrenching knot somewhere between his liver and East St. Louis and he couldn’t be sure whether or not he’d wet himself. A yellow sine wave rang in his ears so loud nit made his teeth itch and he was sure that if he touched his skin anywhere it would induce a rhythmic retching jag. Even in the face of all that, he found himself smiling at the realization that today represented the fresh breast of a new year- an undiscovered country- and also there was still one warm, half-full, flat redolent Hairy Eyeball on the nightstand. Yes-there is a God.
2013 vintage - 9.4% abv

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3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
chickenflea (351) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - NOV 24, 2009
12-oz bottle. Foamy, full head. Aroma of licorice, caramel, and vanilla extract. Color is medium brown and clear. Heavy sweetness. Heavy full body, sticky texture, almost syrupy. Surprisingly clean finish for such a heavy beer. The finish makes the beer drinkable, and not just for sipping.


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asandy9 (1) - - JUN 17, 2017 does not count
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

3.9
MetalNHopHead (2014) - 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.

3.8
hotstuff (5173) - 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.

3.4
HuskerTan (2211) - Ravenna, Nebraska, USA - MAR 5, 2017
Draft. 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.

3.7
Block (2845) - 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.

4
Angelmonster (199) - 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.

4.2
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

3.6
elbernays (1549) - 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.

3.6
alexsdad06 (10473) - West Chester, 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.

4.2
J_man (1008) - 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.....


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