RATINGS: 36   MEAN: 3.84/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76/5   EST. CALORIES: 354   ABV: 11.8%
A big, bold ale brewed in the style of classic barleywines. Served lightly carbonated through the handpump at cellar temperature.
2007 and previous years: 10%
2008: 11.8%

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Darkmagus82 (2302) - - JUN 16, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 5-21-12 - Served from hand pump in a snifter Appearance – Poured a hazy orange color with a thin white head. The head faded fast leaving a thin ever persistent film and some very nice lacing. Smell – The smell was big of bread and biscuit mixed with a huge boozy aroma. Mingling with these aromas was a lighter hay like/ grassy aroma and a moderate funky aroma. Taste – The taste was rather disappointing overall. It was heavy on a biscuit and bread like flavor at first. The taste was on the dryer side with only a very light amount of sweetness. This was a base of the taste and the only real change in the taste occurred toward the middle to end where a very heavy alcohol flavor came to the tongue. This alcohol was not too pleasant however and instead was more on the burning side of the flavor profile leaving a very cheap boozy flavor on the tongue. Mouthfeel – The mouthfeel was quite nice. It was creamy in body with a lower level of carbonation. Very good taste penetration due to the nice mouthfeel, which if the beerwould have tasted better, would have been wonderful. Overall – Otto’s for the most part does a wonderful job with most of their brews. While the look and mouthfeel of this brew were fantastic, the rather funky aroma and quite offensive alcohol and uni-dimensional flavor leave much to be desired. This is one they have to work on a bit.

illinismitty (2271) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 30, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 2, 2007 Cask at brewpub. Pours a cloudy dark amber with a creamy off white head. Aroma of dark fruits, rich malts, and subtle alcohol. Medium bodied with a thin British texture and soft carbonation. Initial flavor of caramel, maple, plums. Mid palate has flavors of wet grains with some fruity and sour notes, almost like partially fermented wort. The hop profile nicely balances this one out. Earthy finish with some faint yeast. Enjoyable and somewhat unique approach to this beer. (read previous review) This is on par with Rock Art Ridge Runner Ale? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHA. That is the funniest thing I read all week.

jason (1834) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 14, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 13, 2007 Great Big Barley wine! Almost orgasmic aroma. Great appereance, nice simple head. Long lasting palate and taste that made me sad when I finished my drink. I highly recommend this for any one who is a barley wine lover.

Stine (1780) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 6, 2008
Poured from a 6.3 oz. nip bottle. Still, lightly hazed blonde appearance. Vanilla and candycorn aroma. Butterscotch. Butter. Oily nuttiness. Completely simple and somewhat sugary.

Flavor of bittersweet juicy citrus and a thick malt presence that’s wooden and alcohol-soaked. Vanilla-laden dried fruits wrecked in alcohol and burnt caramel. Barren pinecone hops. Consistent hints of sweetcorn aren’t as unsettling as they would seem. Heat dominates. There’s plenty of body, and plenty of syrupy rich sweetness, but the heartiness of toasted and caramel malts is hard to locate amidst so much sugar and basic bitterness; the exteriors are so monolithic and overweight that the interior seems spread thin.

Body is full and oily. Malts steadfast into a finish of white sugar and some herbal bitterness. Too confectionary to satisfy. Thanks Mike!

Beerathon (1683) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 14, 2015
On handpump at cellar temperature. Full bodied, creamy khaki head, musty hops, sweet malts, boozy, dark orange pour. Decent.

tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - JUL 8, 2008
Nip hand bottle. Fairly sweet and boozy initially on the nose. Candied orange peel. Thick, decadent melted toffee. Brown sugar. Spicy hops. A slight musty and wet wood component that seems a bit out of place amongst the rich and chewy sweetness. Pours a still, thick copper gold. Rather nice actually. Quite boozy on the tongue. Slightly metallic. Spicy and vibrant hops that seem a bit out of place here. Alcohol soaked orange peel. Toffee and caramel, but not nearly as sweet and as decadent as the nose would lead me to believe. Chewy and viscous on the tongue. Finishes with a pretty big blast of alcohol hotness. Decent but slightly underwhelming. Thanks Eben!

agl108 (1232) - Upper St. Clair, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 7, 2007
On cask at Ottos, Penn State. Poured dark caramel with creamish head. Lots of malty character in this one with a bourbon-esque finish. Alcohol shockingly never apparent.

dpjuart (1112) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 12, 2007
8/18/07 - Snifter at brewpub on cask.. Dark red/grape color with carmel head, thick and creamy. Nose of alcohol, raisin, a bit of carmel. Taste of malt, no real hop character. Raisin, carmel and breat/biscuit. Very nice alcohol warmth & bitterness at the end. I guess that’s the hops crisp bitterness. Good stuff.

ogglethorp (917) - Ohio, USA - JUL 9, 2008
From growler. Pours hazy copper color void of any head. Aroma is sweet malts, alcohol, orange. Flavor is brown sugar, caramel, alcohol, orange, vanilla. Palate is full to medium bodied, slightly watery for a BW, mild carbonation, finished sweet. Somewhat lacking, I realize this is bottled from a cask, so I didn’t expect much in the way of carbonation and mouthfeel, however I didn’t think the flavor would be distracted. I was not terribly impressed by this offering, decent but far from great.

hellomynameis (876) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - JUL 7, 2008
Faint aroma, slightly alcoholic. Starts off really nice, sweeter and maltier, like a decent english barleywine. Has a sharp alcohol taste in the middle, mixed with hops. Lots of them. Some char is in there and it has a lingering flavour that ends rather abruptly. I like it, I think...It has some great flavour and is a really nice barleywine. I’ve got to give it a hit because of that twang in the middle. It’s quite enjoyable otherwise.

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