crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - JAN 27, 2008
Deep dark basically black mahogany hue to it and a medium beige head that stays. Aroma is rich and fruity, sugary, caramel, a bit of smoke, dark fruits. Flavor is smokey, dark fruits, a touch of caramel, lots of resin, chocolate. The hops come out as well straight grapefruit rind and citrus. The charred flavor sticks with roastiness up front and then the bitter hop finish mixed with chocolate, really is a complex brew and almost like a brutal HOTD Adam. Full mouthfeel with lots of carbonation. The hops may be there but this is not an IPA, it’s a barleywine with too much bitterness and that’s what kills it. Had this served at exactly 61º. AgentSteve (1647) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - JAN 27, 2008
Bottle says it’s a barley wine, but the hop presence and beautiful color of deep, ruddy brown, and a very persistent head, tell me that it is definitely more a IIPA than BW. Nose is rich and complex with dried fruit, brown sugar, and a touch of smoke. The flavor is also rich and complex, with a bit more smokiness, but also caramel and fig flavor coming through. Incredibly smooth and no carbonation. Earthy, dry finsh. Exceptional. jsh12bama (761) - Alabama, USA - JAN 25, 2008
Pours dark brown with thick tan head. Aroma of chocolate, hops and and toffee. Taste light hops and malt. Nice balanced brew. More like a barleywine, similar to Bigfoot or Old Crusty, but not as hoppy. JohnnyJ (5569) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 24, 2008
Pours a dark orangish brown with amber colored head. Citrus, grapefruit, caramel, chocolate, dark fruit, and a bit of orange. Nice beer with balanced malts with hops, but the hops seemed a bit too harsh and metallic. I think this beer is closer to a barleywine then a IIPA. Ratman197 (15376) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JAN 23, 2008
500 ml bottle poured a clear dark reddish brown with a lasting amber head. Aromas of grapefruit, pine, carmel, orange, toffee and a hint of chocolate. Palate was medium to full bodied and smooth. Flavors of chocolate, pine, tangerine and grapefruit rind with a smooth lingering bitter finish.
blankboy (7808) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 22, 2008
Very tasty brew, but definitely not a DIPA closer to a Barleywine or American Strong Ale.
Bottle. Pours a very deep ruby-brown, almost looks black, with a large lasting foamy tan head -- looks like a Porter! Aroma’s milder then I expected but nice: A variety of hops, some chocolate, alcohol, light toastiness and yeast. Flavour of lightly roasted malt, tons of hops, a touch of chocolate, some alcohol and a long bitter finish. Medium to full bodied, thick chewy mouthfeel. At first I wasn’t sure what you’d call this, it didn’t seem to be a DIPA nor a Barley Wine but halfway through the bottle it did resemble a Barley Wine. Very good stuff! Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - JAN 22, 2008
Dark brown color, lots of tan foam. Great nose on this one. Sweet and complex, chocolate and dark fruits. Slick and boozy. Kind of thin on the body, the alcohol really dominates the flavor very hoppy and the alcohol and the hops add a somewhat astringent charachter. JFURYCAT (1078) - East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 18, 2008
Lavender-like perfumey chocolate shoots are accompanied by a bark-like exterior and a bitter finish which sinks itself into the malty mist. I can see how this is a "barley-wine style" with the chocolate malt presence and the slight alcoholic kick. But it seems like a barley wine/DIPA hybrid with the various complexities. Whichever style one wants to label it, it makes for an enjoyable beer if one can tolerate excess. The palate could be a bit more refined at the beginning instead of just the end. ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - JAN 16, 2008
Bottle. The label reads "Barley Wine- Style Ale". Pours black with a tan head. Sweet malt aroma but there’s a ton of hops in there! Chocolate malt flavors; burnt sugars, dark fruits, caramel and bready notes. Very bitter. I was pretty sure this was listed under the wrong style when i logged on to rate it but I’ve always argued that Bigfoot was an IIPA so this fits into that category. Beerlando (3343) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 13, 2008
Double IPA? No, I don’t think so. More like weird barleywine. The pour is a cloudy, dark cola brown color. A frothy, creamy, light tan colored head leaves behind thick sheets of lacing. If nothing else, this brew is very nice to look at. The aroma is a perfumey bouquet of chocolate and nougat malts with a heavy dose of spicy, floral hops and moderate alcoholic notes. The flavor starts out wit bittersweet chocolate, followed by sweet nougat and burnt caramel. Overly ripened figs and other dark fruits play a prominent role as well, adding sweetness and a natural, earthy component. A lingering, bitter finish clings to the tongue and won’t let go. The body is medium-full and syrupy, lightly coating the mouth with a sugary residue. This is a strange brew that feels like its past its prime, though its still very young for a berleywine. I would advise to drink this one fresh, and perhaps lower your expectations a bit.