onceblind (10093) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 6, 2011
2.5 year bottle! Oh gosh...Deep clear burnt copper, with a head that starts thick until it settles into a small white cap. Amazing aroma of grapefruit, with a thick dark fruit raisin malt and dried fruit candy sweetness. Taste is very big, aromatic, chewy, malty, sweet, hoppy and bitter. Good grief it’s nuanced and complex! Sweet grapefruit tones start the flavor, turning very tropical and hoppy and bittersweet. Candy sugar chewy fruity malt tones take over at the middle but refuse to let go of the tropical hoppiness. Lots of stone fruit, tropicalness, bittering floral citric hops, on a bracing body. Ends on a bitter note. Maybe too bitter overall, but the flavor is amazing. jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - OCT 1, 2009
Tap at gabf and taproom. Everything a beer should be. A great malty bw with a citrusy hop profile. No overwhelming bitterness like Bigfoot. Great. talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 16, 2009
2009 bottle. Pours a murky, rusty, copper color with an off-white, massive, creamy, fluffy, rocky head which sticks around through and leaves plenty of sporadic lace. Nose is very fragrant and potent out of the bottle; very juicy citrus hops noting tangerine and pink grapefruit, some mango notes, pineapple, a nice resinous pine undertone, nice floral tones, light rustic notes (almost simcoe-like), fainter notes of toasted caramel, buttery biscuits, and cotton candy. So much going on in a super hopped BW which is somewhat rare. The flavor is similar with the hops dominating again but less citrus-like and more rustic; citrus and fruity notes are still there with tangerine, light grapefruit, and still some mango and pineapple, rustic notes are prominent bringing an almost earthy character, spicy hops, leafy hops, toasted caramel, light buttery biscuits, very light dank notes, and more candy. Palate is good with a moderate to full body, drying, a sticky and oily mouthfeel, and a lively carbonation. Finishes mostly bitter with rustic notes dominating, lingering tangerine, some leafy hops, and some light pepper. The bitterness is nearly high and the sweetness is moderate. In my opinion, this is more of complex IIPA but does have plenty of some overhopped BW characteristics. It was a very nice change of pace from any BW or IIPA that I have had in a while with so much juicy fruit and citrus and the rustic notes coming through in the flavor. The best thing I have had from Odell. craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 13, 2010
sample on tap at Odell on 4/8/10... pours a deep golden with a huge fluffy pillow head... big blend of citrus hops and sweet malts on the nose... medium smooth body with muted hops and sweet caramel malts... creamy, low carbonation with a sweet bitter finish.... love it! RyanMM (416) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - DEC 6, 2010
Cloudy, gold pour. Buttery and resiny hops on the nose. Sweet, creamy, on the mild side of medium with the bittering. Really damn good.
StFun (567) - Indiana, USA - APR 1, 2009
From sample pour at local December 2010 tasting.
Big thanks to Jake for hooking me up with this growler. Pours a great, murky amber with touches of red and orange. Nice swirling head. One of the best smelling beers ever. Fantastic mix between big juicy hops and dark fruit. Flavor is a perfect IIPA/Barleywine mix, with great citrus, dark fruit, carmel, malt, and bitter hops on the backend. Very juicy. This beer is big in every way, giant aroma and flavor. Delicious. notalush (5895) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - OCT 15, 2009
750ml bottle - pours a turbid copper, with a thick, lasting, frothy head - juicy, resinous hop aroma, with a lot of citrus character, dry, woody/pine qualities, and a tiny bit of rustic earthiness - full and lightly oily in the mouth, moderate carbonation - big citrus hop flavors up front, with a potent, spicy quality that builds, and reaches its peak in the finish - along the way, the malt profile swells, bringing with it some sticky sweetness and flavors of caramel, cherries - there is an underlying earthiness that adds a really interesting dimension to the beer - the bitterness tempers the sweetness well, though, and is so strong that it borders on being astringent - it never quite makes it to that point, though, so the beer remains tasty and balanced throughout - more of a DIPA than a barleywine, but it’s really good regardless of what you want to call it. SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - FEB 11, 2010
Sampled at the 2010 Crescent Moon Extreme Beer Festival. Pours amber with a large off-white head. Fantastic aroma of cherries and butterscotch pie. I love the taste. This is very much barleywine but the body is just on the thin side. Has a good quinine like hop bitterness. The lower sweetness of the beer really frames this well. egajdzis (6672) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 11, 2010
Red amber color with a small, off white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of floral hops, pine, light caramel, cantaloupe, tangerine, vanilla, citrus, and light alcohol. Taste of citrus, pine, tropical fruits, caramel, bitter grapefruit hops, and light alcohol as well. brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 11, 2010
hugely fragrant pine hops,and I mean spruce tree quality,becaus eyou can smell the wood bark also a little bit of caramel sauce in the background,alcohol noticable,all in the aroma full head, full malt and hop flavoring,caramel malt much more noticable in taste,plenty of pine hopping,smooth as can be,love that woody sent every time I bring this to my mouth. Wish it was just a tad fresher. Excellent