FlacoAlto (4182) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 2, 2012 Sledutah (7530) - Utah, USA - MAR 7, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Sleepy Dog
Appearance: Clear mahogany with a small beige head, no lacing
Aroma: Sweet caramel malts, some spices
Taste: Sweet caramel, toffee and spices
Eh...... too sweet for me. Nothing to back it up.
Sampled on tap at Sleepy Dog; March 2011SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - SEP 11, 2011
The beer arrives with a tan colored head that sits on top of a dark amber colored beer. The nose smells of tobacco, smoke, candied cherries, toasted grain in the finish, some notes of raisins and alcohol as it warms up.
The beer tastes lightly sweet, but gets more so as it flows across the palate. There is a herbal hop bitterness in the finish, but the sweetness is definitely dominant. The rich sweetness reminds me of caramel, lots of fruit character, big berry notes and even a fair amount of citrus character is noticeable. This has a chewy, viscous heft to it, though the body is not aggressively heavey. The crystal malt contributes sweet-tea like flavors and lots of spicy grain character (though this is crystal malt derived rather than something like Rye). As the beer warms up it gets a bit less sweet, but this still remains a major component of the flavor. The fruit character is quite big here because of the sweetness.
This is not bad, it could be a bit more balances as the sweetness is a touch too much. If it was bottle, some age and oxidation would go a long way towards tempering the sweetness.
RBWG 2011. Deep amber pour with a foamy head. Aroma is mostly ripe dark fruit and yeast, along with caramel and light hops. Flavor is better than most brews from S.D. Sort of a BW Lite. Decent. alexsdad06 (10389) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 11, 2011
Draft @ Sleepy Dog during RBWG. My first beer of the trip poured a dark caramel/copper color with a small beige ring. The aroma had a hefty dose of sweet caramel malts and a touch of ripe fruit. This may have been a bit cold to really get a great nose. The flavor opens sweet with caramel at the front, mild ripe fruits and a touch of bitterness at the back. The alcohol is present and does cause some warming. I still think it was probably served too cold. fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 10, 2011
enjoyed during 2011 RBWG pours plum color with a thin off white head. Aroma is sweet candied sugar, toffee and a light madicinal boozy note. Flavor is sweet cherry and apricot yeast fruityness with lots of hot booze in the finish. douglas88 (9178) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 6, 2011
On tap at the brewery. Pours a dark copper color with a small white head. The aroma is a very rich malt bomb, caramel and toasty. The flavor is very nice it reminds me of a very good barley wine with just some hops missing, sweet caramel, old world sweetness, rich and earthy and dry. Nice. bu11zeye (13029) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - DEC 29, 2010
(Draught) Pours a clear deep amber body with a small beige head. Aroma of cherry, bread, caramel, and raisins. Flavor of bread, cherry, toffee, grass, and raisins with a syrupy finish. bleeng (1682) - Seattle still not near Beersel., Washington, USA - JUL 1, 2010
Sampler. Very dark brown and clear. Tan head. Nose is very malty, sweet. Taste of sweetness, malts, candi sugar. Very smooth, delicious and dangerous-this could go down very fast. Alcohol is very well hidden. I’d like to get into a couple of pints of this next time I’m in Tempe. This one will have you barking at the moon. daknole (11049) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAY 4, 2010
Amber pour. Sweet caramel, spicy hops and some biscuit notes. Flavor isn’t too sweet but not quite enough hop balance. Still a good brew. Rusty (1547) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAY 3, 2010
Pours a deep caramel color with a tan head.Aroma is caramel, malt, some hops and spices. Body is medium and flavor is some bittering hops and spices and not quite as much sweetness as I expect in a barleywine.
Decent, but I like my barleywines to punch me in the balls a little harder than this one does.