hellbilly (3306) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - FEB 1, 2010
bottle split at papago 12/10/2009.
ha! original notes say "great hoppy barley wine 3.8"... nothing else.
coppery amber pour with a lasting white head and glass coating foam. it turns hazy and nearly opaque when the sludge at the bottom gets added in.
big ol’ blast of sticky resinous piny hops in the nose... followed by some kind of fruitiness (grapefruit and orange), toffee and toasty caramel-y maltiness.
the flavor is the same... big punch of drying resinous pine hops with grapefruit, florals and caramel lurking around in the back. it is definitely sweet but the hops and alcohol make a very nice attempt at controlling this beast.
the medium body intense hop presence make this all too easy to down in spite of the sugar... 8/4/7/3/16/3.8
waolsen (1376) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - JAN 31, 2010
bottle. copper pour with large off white head. Great hop aroma. I would classify this as a IIPA before a barley wine. It lacks the malty body. However, the beer is very good. Great fresh hops with nice balance. hophead21112 (218) - Louisville, Colorado, USA - JAN 19, 2010
Hazy orange pour with a medium size white head, decent retention and sticky lacing. Looks nice. Aroma is very IIPAish with caramel, citrus and pine but a touch more malty sweetness making it acceptable for an American-style barleywine. Sweet on the front palate leading to a moderate bitterness on the mid palate and finish. Medium-full body with soft carbonation and a long, hoppy finish. This one is on the border of IIPA and barleywine, which is acceptable. Would have been unacceptable if the brewer were going for an English-style bw. A good one. Dickinsonbeer (5073) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JAN 12, 2010
GABF 09. Wow- this was intense! Pours a nice bright orange amber with a lasting white head. Aroma is intense with dank resinous hops- very powerfully laid on top of the thick sweet toast and carapils malts, - citrus all the way through with some pine needles mango and tropical notes. Flavor is also skewed heavily in the hoppy direction, dank resin oily all backed by a very big honey malt sweetness biscuit, sweet carapils- not too sweet on the finish though- clean very bitter finish. Definitely seems like just what they call it- a very hoppy barleywine, and less of a DIPA with a lot of malt. Nice! rmussman (1701) - California, USA - JAN 8, 2010
Sampled in a big bottle. Pours nice and dark brown that is clear. Head is light but lacey. Aroma is nice and malty with a combination of hops. Drinks smooth with a nice hoppiness. Really well made brew.
cgarvieuk (25987) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 4, 2010
Bottle at Borefts 10am day after hotel tasting after a very bad drunk Borefts festival ... hazy brown ... bright pine hop ... sweet fruity toffee big hop ... juicy loads of lime peel sketchmind (18) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JAN 3, 2010
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2010 I gotta hand it to them, the description is fairly accurate. Poured from the 1 pt 9.4 ounce bottle. Was not a fan of the appearance. Very little head , cloudy, kinda opaque body, burn orange with amber and dark yellow notes in color. Aroma was a toffee, carmel/pine mixture, some fruity esters and a touch of resin. The flavor was.. facinating. Hit with some nice flowery notes of hops up front, toffee/pine/resin just a bit of ester, finish was a moderate to decent bitter that dissapates fairly quickly. Despite the alchohol content it is very well hidden. - Either that or my mouth was just too busy trying to figure out the mixture of douple hop and huge malt to notice. Goes down smooth while you try to figure it out. Enjoyable, interesting. I’d probably pick it up again. Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - DEC 30, 2009
750ml bottle by way of BOLTZ7555 – thanks Jason! Pours a slightly hazy amber with a 2 finger foamy off-white head that leaves ok lacing. The nose is caramel, apricot, ripe orange and light pine. The taste is ripe citrus, toffee, pink grapefruit and some resin in the finish that doesn’t linger. Medium mouthfeel. More IIPA than BW, but tasty nonetheless. Thanks again J! yemenmocha (659) - Glendale, Arizona, USA - DEC 28, 2009
Pours medium amber with off-white head that is silky smooth. Nose has plenty of sweet malt with piney hops. On the palate a gooey caramel malty flavor leaps onto the palate with good carbonation, followed by a rush of hops that are very piney and herbal. Finishes sticky sweet. Comes across as more DIPA to me but I suppose it’s fine to call it "India Barleywine". dnstone (3544) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - DEC 27, 2009
Hoppy-sweet barleywine-esque aroma. Orange color. Woody, fresh hop taste.
Notes: GABF ’09