tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 7, 2010
A damn fine beer, I would drink it until my liver gave way. Nothing offensive at all, just beer bliss. Very impressed, im not a marin fan, but this one is very complex, nice levels of flavor, not cloying, very drinkable, toffee, and just a hint of funky dryness. dionysus (1486) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 29, 2010
Bottle shared by daknole. Pours deep brown with a khaki head. Aroma shows notes of toffee/caramel, oak, bourbon, leather and apparently I called it... pineapple. It’s very strange but intriguing. Flavor shows the same with additional notes of vanilla and a touch of funk. Overall body is moderate and soft with a touch of warming alc. peteinSD (1469) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 13, 2012
Bottle. Pours a murky brown/red with a slick of tan foam. Aroma is tart cherry, dry brett, vanilla, oak, and light bourbon. Taste is tart fruit up front followed by bourbon with vanilla, some brett, darker raisin and sweet malt, and more dry brett with bourbon and a prickle from the alcohol. Smooth, coasting mouthfeel. The brett is secondary to the tart fruit flavors and bourbon. Very unique and enjoyable barley wine. kbutler1 (1381) - North Carolina, USA - AUG 22, 2010
Bottle. Dark brown reddish color with a tan head. Smells more like a wild than a barleywine. Reminiscent of Odell Saboteur in some aspects but much better. Oaky notes ever so slightly. A very wild and different taste. Brett wild start, sweet raisins, dark fruit with very little hop characteristics. Smooth. Slight alcohol taste. Medium mouthfeel. Jblauvs (1358) - Chester, Vermont, USA - APR 3, 2011
Dark brown pour. Aroma is molasses, chocolate, bretty horsiness with a bit of tropical fruit. I did not expect to like this, but I thought it was great. Flavor is rich caramel and dried fruits with some light chocolate dust and some brett dryness, and a touch of bretty twang on the finish. The brett melds pretty well with the barleywine and give it an added fruit character thats really interesting. Not overpowering, I kept going back for more. Yum
bvc (1242) - Washington, USA - JUN 10, 2011
Clear cola brown with slight foamy tan head. Tart cherry, wood, funky wool, molasses, brown sugar. Creamy carbonation, medium to heavier feel. Cherry, wet oak, brown sugar, cinnamon, cola, syrupy. fiver29 (1036) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - SEP 11, 2010
Bottle shared by Baker. Thanks! Pours murky amber color with off white head. Aroma is dark caramel, sweet sugar, bourbon, vanilla, and a touch of brett is noticeable in the nose. Medium mouthfeel. Flavor is more barleywine. Sweet caramel, a great bourbon and vanilla mix, and finishes with a touch of brett. It adds an interesting dimension to an already outstanding beer. Great stuff. mpersinger (365) - , California, USA - JUN 7, 2010
Multiple taster pours from bomber at SR Beerfest (thanks to brewer Arnie):
Deep ruddy opaque pour with slight off-white lacing. Sweet dark malt and touch of candied pineapple in aroma. Rich caramel and fruitiness on nose, then some sweet cherry (not characteristic of this brett c strain) and light chocolate notes and bourbon hint, along with mellow alcohol warmth and touch of butterscotch coming through. Velvety palate with medium body, balanced.
Historically, this is the strain of brett from English stock ales, and this tastes like English ale yeast. The presence of some diacetyl works fine here, and would be present historically as well. I wonder if the complete absence of hop bitterness in finish (interesting since the base is barleywine) was the work of the brett, or only the aging? Should be interesting to try another 6 months on, but may be in its prime now (it was labeled ’09). boamr (310) - Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 11, 2010
Thanks to Josh for this one. Pours a nice brown color with a small amount of head. Has woody, brett and malt smell to it. Has the taste of bourbon, malt, light brett, and wood. Very nicely done crusianbeer (116) - Oregon, USA - JUL 24, 2010
Bottle from the jug in san fran...
Pours a nice rich dark brown with less than one finger of tan head.
Smells like it is infected, or a sour, whichever is your poison. Hope i am not disappointed in this. Not a huge fan of sours, and this smells like that. Distinct sour cherries.
Taste is considerably different from the nose, significantly different. Slight bourbon, nice oak, nice barleywine...just the tiniest hint of sour...just enough to make it interesting. Barely present.
Oddly enough, as it sits here, the nose has pulled chameleon on me, can’t say I have had a beer like this...as the head goes down, the sour nose is completely gone... Now the nose is bourbon and oak...quick swirl, and sour dominates again.
Transformer beers are awesome! Lol.