canary dog (784) - Rutland, Vermont, USA - JUL 8, 2008
I suppose everyone is going to rave about this beer because it is high in octane. Feh. Typical high alcohol, barleywine flavor....too alcoholic and too sweet. These overhyped beers ALL taste the same. If you are going to drink something over 10%, how about something good, like a good red wine??? Tmoney99 (15130) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 8, 2008
Bottle shared by alexsdad06. Poured hazy brown color with a moderate off-white frothy head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate sour citrus and malty aroma. Medium body with a sticky texture. Medium to heavy balanced flavor with a medium to heavy sweet and small alcohol bite finish of moderate duration. I would recommend this to a freind. porterhouse (1580) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - JUN 28, 2008
(22 oz. bottle (labelled "12 07") from <A HREF=http://www.ratebeer.com/Place/massachusetts/w target=blank>Julio’s Liquors) Pours dark reddish-brown with one finger of tan head that recedes to a thin covering with pretty good retention. Aroma is initially quite hoppy - mostly pine with a little grapefruit. Also a slight bit of sourishness - a bit unpleasant like used dishrag. As head recedes there is more candy malt - like cotton candy. Mouthfeel is medium-full, a touch syrupy. A syrupy film coats inside of snifter with bits and dabs of lacing. Flavor is quite hoppy in the fore, mostly pine. A candy-malt sweetness underneath. Medium bitterness builds toward finish, providing a little pinch in finish. This beer is quite hot and may benefit from some cellaring. This one also kicked me in the ass quite quickly. Not the most complex or best of barleywines but certainly a big step up from the Ridge Runner version. Certainly richer and tastier. afterglow (1047) - Florida, USA - JUN 23, 2008
Bottle courtesy Gillard. Pours amber with a small off-white head. Aroma of alcohol and sweet caramel with notes of floral and citrus hops. Taste is the same as aroma. Medium mouthfeel with a moderate amount of bitterness and slightly warm alcohol. Good. gunhaver (1030) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 17, 2008
Bottle, courtesy Gillard. Pours a coffee colored hue, with a thick foamy head, and nice lacing. Slightly boozy aroma, cotton candy, caramel. Flavor has a lot of caramel and some booze, tea, some spices, with a bitter finish. Smooth, full-bodied. Drinkability is hampered slightly by the big ABV.
jefcon (1935) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - MAY 17, 2008
A piney, but very drinkable barleywine that hides its ten percent alcohol very well. Yeasty and caramelly at first, the beer slowly reveals its big hop presence. Not as delicate or as delightful as some bourbon-styled barleywines, becuase this beer is a bruiser -- and it lives up to its name. HopBackDoc (474) - Hatboro, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 7, 2008
22 oz. bomber poured a hazy brown with thin head. Aroma of fruits, bread and hops. The flavor was a ton of malts, doughy and sweet caramel, followed by two tons of hops. I liked the initial malt attack to give this beer real good body, and the citrus and bittering hops just finished it off quite nicely. Full bodied and full of flavor, with a great stickiness. Delicious. georgekappus (296) - Brookfield, Connecticut, USA - APR 18, 2008
Bottle. Pours a very dark ruby almost brown with a thin tan head. Aroma was sweet and fruity (cherry?), with a soft underlying hoppiness. The taste is sweet, malty, hoppy, and surprisingly strong maybe with some cherry. A thick beer with a bit of a bite. Davin (48) - Vermont, USA - MAR 28, 2008
The aroma is of malt and raisins and is carried by the alcohol. The taste is resinous and bittersweet. This seems like the kind of beer that would be better after a year or so of aging. Even now it is good if you don’t mind the coarseness of the hops. Ty5592 (1024) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 28, 2008
Bottle. Medium brown with small tan head. Aroma of malt, milk, caramel, and, piney hops. Flavor the same with piney lemony fish. Decent stuff,but nothin to race out to get....probably the best stuff they make.