That1Guy (2236) - 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 (16581) - , 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 (3920) - 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 (4066) - 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. Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JAN 9, 2010
GABF 09. Pours a bright amber body and an oily diminishing head. Aroma is zesty spiced orange peel, juicy and oily, with toasted malts dough, wheat and honey sweetness- phenolic and a bit off- fusels and high esters. Fruity flavor, orange juice, zest, pine, sweet, sugary, phenolic messy high alcohol and harsh solvent finish- a let down. argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 2, 2011
12oz bottle, thanks ryan. Crystal clear amber body, small off-white head. Aroma is moderately sweet, orange, some tartness. Taste is moderately sweet, orange, orange peel, light grapefruit. Medium body. Rustyham (1836) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - JUL 9, 2011
A nice reddish orange color, with a great sweet ciitrus aroma. Flavor is gross though- orange flavored candy with dirty alcoholic medicinal quality, kind of like an orange flavored cough syrup. Maybe it’s the wheat, but it’s ruining what would otherwise be a great beer. Bottle from a trade with mibirder tia (2226) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - NOV 5, 2011
Bottle. Amber. Smells sweet with a little tart. Taste also sweet-tart. Can get the orange.