mgatesy (23) - Michigan, USA - SEP 9, 2010
Tastes like orange juice. Peppercorns are very subtle, but add a little bite. Franckg (1920) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 18, 2015
Robe orangée légèrement trouble, aucun col de mousse, dentelle inexistante, apparence liquoreuse. Arômes de liqueur d’orange, moût bien sucré, un peu de citron et alcool. Malgré un nez intéressant, je suis tout de même surpris par la simplicité de celui-ci. Ne semble pas d"une grande complexité et je me serais attendu à des effluves plus puissantes. Voyons ce que le palais en pense. En bouche, encore là, la liqueur d’orange domine. Beaucoup citronné (trop de houblon?) et je cherche la présence du poivre vert se trouvant dans la recette. Le goût sucré qu’on recherche dans ce type de bière est aussi relegué au second plan. Aussi, saveurs d’herbes et d’alcool. La finale permet d’apprécier l’amertume du zeste de citron. Texture assez mince, faible effervescence, rondeur ordinaire. Quoique la base du liquide est intéressante et originale, il y a un manque de complexité évident. J’aurais aimé que le côté "vin" ressorte plus. À essayer pour l’originalité, mais je n’en ferai pas un rendez-vous annuel. bytemesis (9510) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JUL 21, 2015
Bottle. Pours hazy orange, small off-white head that dissipates quickly and leaves decent lacing. Aroma is oranges, pepper, honey, bready malt. Flavor is pretty sweet, and strongly bitter, orange zest, pepper, honey. Medium plus body, creamy mouthfeel. Definitely interesting, cant really say I enjoy it. _angst_ (5009) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 14, 2016
Bottle courtesy of clownoisseur. Pours hazy pale golden with a small frothy offwhite head that leaves some spotty trace on the glass while dissiapting. Smell is malty, fruity and spicy with crackers, caramel, blood oranges grass, pepper corns, minerals, lemon zest and hints of alcohol. Taste is tiny sweet, bitter, very tiny sour, malty, fruity and spicy. Mouthfeel is round, tiny tart, astringent, tiny boozy and medium to full bodied. Finish is sweet, bitter and very tiny sour with caramel, blood orange juice and pepper corns. Cool but doesn’t quite manage to balance the different components. That1Guy (2241) - Colorado, USA - JUN 7, 2010
Crushed at BSAF 10. Very sweet, citrus bite from the oranges, with the pepper coming through in the finish. Cool beer, but too sweet for me.
jtclockwork (17654) - , New Jersey, USA - SEP 8, 2010
Bottle from a generous trader. Pours a clear blood red. Nose of strong orange, lemon, citrus, peppercorn, spice, peel and coriander. Taste is strong orange and peppercorn with spices. Very sweet. Lots of citrus rind. drewbeerme (3921) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 1, 2010
pours glowing amber white head, nose sweet grain and cereal. flavors have hot alc heat, grapey, fusel alc, thin and boozy, DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 25, 2011
Poured into a snifter. Big thanks to northernbrews for this one.
3.5 A: Clear deep amber color. Half a finger of frothy cream colored head that recedes quickly and leaves one small patch of lacing.
4.0 S: No lack of citrus in this one. Lots of orange going on here along with the orange & cream lifesavers. Also some strawberry, neutral wheat, sugary candy canes, and a mild spiciness. Interesting, it really does smell like those creamsaver things.
3.5 T: Again, the orange creamsavers. This is okay, but I think it’s too orange heavy. I’d like a stronger toffee maltiness. Some grapefruit in there as well. While I’m on the topic, this has a reasonable bitterness and a stronger hop presence that I was expecting. Slightly tart and sweet in a candy way as opposed to a malty way. Alcohol is very well hidden.
3.0 M: Lighter medium body. The body is simply too damn light for a barleywine. I don’t like ultra thick and sweet Bwines, but I don’t like the other end of the spectrum either. Carbonation is a bit low as well. Otherwise very smooth with the smallest warming sensation on finish.
3.5 D: I like Short’s for their innovative brews. While they had a good idea here, it fell short due to the lack of maltiness (which is something I rarely suggest when considering barleywines). Still, it was worth the experience.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 08-12-2010 02:39:22 cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - FEB 12, 2011
12 oz. bottle via trade with manny57 - Pours a mahogany color with a 3/4 finger thick off white head. Light spotty lacing. Aroma is esters and spice. Flavor is citrus, malt, and spice. Has kind of a funky finish. Taste kinda like a dry orange past its prime. Alcohol is noticeable, but doesn’t feel like 11.7%. A decent beer. Thanks Ryan. BelgianBeerGal (4255) - Panama City, Florida, USA - MAR 2, 2011
12oz traded bottle. Pours a clear bronze color with a thin, bubbly off-white head. Pretty big aroma that’s tough to nail down but I could find the oranges, the hops and the spice. That’s a pretty big taste...not sure it’s my thing though. I think everything is over-powered by the peppercorn spice (specifically the green). I think I REALLY wanted the blood oranges to come through in a big way. Kudos for trying something new though. Interesting if nothing else.