evergreen0199 (3369) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 28, 2010
Bottle. I consumed numerous bottles of this beer in September 2006 during a long, sunny, lazy vacation in the San Diego area. A copper coloured pour with a smallish head. Malty, hoppy aroma. Tastes really complex, hoppy, fruity, piney, bitter. A really big beer from Stone. Getbetter (1033) - East Palo Alto, California, USA - MAR 6, 2010
I would like to appreciate Joetheyounger and mspindler for the pint that i got from them to rate. golden, Medium head,Strong Aroma 10% abv brokensail (16449) - Dublin, California, USA - FEB 19, 2010
A: The pour is a dark amber color with an off-white head that leaves some great lacing.
S: The smell is pretty much your typical barleywine: toffee, brown sugar, caramel. While the hops that were certainly the focal point of this beer at one time have long since faded, there is still a very nice citrus aroma.
T: The flavors follow the nose fairly closely, however they are a bit muted. The caramel, toffee, and sugar are certainly there, along with a noticeable about of alcohol. Any hop flavors that are left are mostly covered up by the sweetness, except for a mild bitterness on the finish.
M: The body is full and the carbonation is actually surprisingly lively, even if it is a bit on the light side.
D: Like any sweet, 10% ABV beer, there’s only so much "drinkability" to it. I am actually somewhat of a fan of this beer in its current state, however I can only imagine how delicious it would have been fresh. arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 10, 2010
22 oz bottle purchased way back in August 2006 when it was released. The color is orange and transparent. Smell is grapefruit, pineapple, and pine cones. The taste is very tropical fruit with sweetness and a noticeable alcohol burn. While the hops are not as explosive as they were when I first bought a case, they are still a big factor here. I think this is still holding up very well and is possibly one of my favorite brews.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 03-12-2007 21:45:22 HonkeyBra (4044) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - FEB 6, 2010
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2010 On tap at Three Floyds Brewpub. I know, I was like WTF too. I drank a topless wytch while I tried to figure out what style 10th was and what I should do. Was it the black ipa? no, that’s 11. I finally stole a menu and read that it was the DIPA that I thought it was, but it was ok because now after aging it would be like a barley wine. Yeah right, Like I’m going to fall for that. Aging beers is dumb, and aging hoppy beers is down right criminal. However, had they not aged this, since this came out before my interest in beer, I would not have had a chance to try this. So I am conflicted. Anyway, it came, it smelled hoppy, it tasted like the hops were between sort of dying and totally dead, and had a crisp powdered sugar flavor along with the aged hops. SIgh. I guess it held up better than a bottle of ruination sitting on a store shelf does. I guess it’s sort of cool to try like it’s sort of cool to play old school nintendo games. I’ll give it a couple extra points.
manuchampions (1244) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 30, 2010
22oz bomber from Bevmo in L.A. Bomber. Poured an almost clear toffee/brown with a nice initial cap of off-white head. The nose packed a punch with alcohol fueling pear and grapefruit sweetness.. juicy and assertive. The flavor picked up grapefruit and pears first, transitioning to caramel and more aggressive alcohol and sticky notes... smooth middle leaving a prickly coating long after the finish. Heavier-bodied. Really enjoyed this one!
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JAN 25, 2010
in the bottle at neighborhood in San Diego. Pours a reddish amber with a medium punctuated head of great staying power. The head forms craters of large bubbles. Has a big sweetness, candylike yet has a splash of big tart flavor. Lots of aroma and big flavor. Big fluffy pink cotton candy sweetness. The lacing in the glass forms an intense articulated trebculae. All the mid-range sweetness of a barleywine but none of the hop intensity. This is a very unique beer. MaltDawg (1344) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 8, 2010
(Sample Date: 7/18/2009 Source:Other) Dark fruits grain and a touch of alcohol in aroma. Cloudy amber orange with small white head. Flavor has dark raisin caramelized sugar with some alcohol warming and robust bitterness lingering into the finish. Slightly oxidized with a lot of alcohol warming. mastabass666 (277) - California, USA - DEC 8, 2009
grapefruit, pine, citrus, sweet, bready. started as as a dipa, but has morphed into an evergreen barleywine. madmitch76 (24807) - , Essex, ENGLAND - NOV 29, 2009
11th September 2008. Cloudy brown beer. Rich and full IPA. Initially comes accross as a well hopped barleywine but then bitter grapefruit and sweet marmalade give it that extra IPA dimension.