wombat23 (1621) - Texas, USA - APR 25, 2016
Shared 16.9 oz. bottle. Been avoiding this one for quite some time; I guess it’s time to face the music. Pours a hazy medium amber with a small, short-lived and listless off-white head. Aroma is brown sugar, caramel, syrup, and acetone. Taste is super-sweet and malty. Very cloying. Brown sugar, syrup, and caramel. More acetone with perhaps a little rubbing alcohol. Low carbonation. Cloying, alcohol-laden finish. I gagged on the 4th or 5th small sip; that calls for an automatic sub-one rating in my book. Drain pour. darbeer75 (924) - Round Rock, Texas, USA - APR 25, 2016
Husband wanted Romania tick...that’s all I have to say. Aroma: incredibly sugary sweet with some malt underneath; Appearance: dark amber; the flattest beer I’ve ever seen; Taste: burnt brown sugar with boozy backlash; strangely sour notes that make no sense; stomach already hurting; Palate: trying to swallow so quickly that I can’t determine; long, sweet finish; Overall: Ugh. Definite drain pour. tcon25 (910) - Duvall, Washington, USA - APR 23, 2016
Bottle pour split with Andrew,and what a beer this is. Had to drink this because of the M’s loss on opening day. The aroma stars off ok, and then you take a sip, malty carmal and a very sweet taste. andrewje41 (4081) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - APR 20, 2016
What the hell am I drinking. I have had this bottle for years, looking for a reason of punishment for opening it. Tcon and I decided that if the Mariners couldn’t win on opening day, to continue their opening day dominance, than we have to pick a bottle that we would likely regret. Dusted this off. I’m sure I originally got this for the Romania tick. Some good coming out of this. Copper orange pour with no head. This has to be some sort of weird beer style that I’ve never had. Aroma is a weird, brown sugar, caramel spice infused malt. Flavor is an overly sweet, watered down malt liquor. Pretty dominant brown sugar element, but watery and boozy both. Ick. maxwelldeux (4374) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - JAN 2, 2015
Picked a bottle of this up for the Romania tick, so we’ll see how it goes. Pours a hazy brownish color with very little head on there. Nose is yeasty and bready, and smells like something I’m about to put in the oven. Taste is sour and just a little bit fruity, which makes it really weird. Cannot handle this one.
Cousin_Larry (895) - - MAY 26, 2014
Aroma is sweet wine or juice. Which makes the bready flavor absolutely shocking. At least it doesn’t have the alcohol burn present in most 15% beers. Not horrible, but wouldn’t want to drink an entire bottle again. bitbucket (2165) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - MAR 28, 2014
Not sure how this qualifies as a barleywine. I’m a lot more inclined to call it a strong malt liquor. Oh well, ,,,Romania!!
Cornfield (5569) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - MAR 11, 2014
And guys, get a marketing copywriter who speaks English.
This had a rich g0lden/br0nze b0dy with a fizzy head that IMMEDIATELY turned int0 a film, then a stray bubble 0r tw0. It smelled 0f sweet caramel, alc0h0l, and a dr0p 0r tw0 0f perfume. The flav0r dr0pped the perfume and was sweet and full 0f alc0h0l. The malt flav0r wasn’t really s0 bad, and if they hadn’t pushed the fermentati0n, this w0uld be a l0t m0re drinkable. edgallow (4305) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 16, 2014
16.9 oz bottle pours hazy amber with a off white head. Aroma is sweet malts. Taste is alcohol and malts. stevoj (5358) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 28, 2013
Alcohol is heavy in this, as would be expected by the 15% ABV, but it totally dominates the aroma and taste, sickly sweet malt and paint thinner hide in the background. Nasty