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RATINGS: 198   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
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The biggest farm animal to come out of the SweetWater Barn! We bucked up and threw everything, including the kitchen sink, into this "Jackass" concoction. At 10% ABV and over 90 IBU - Youll know it when it hits you in the back of the head!

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4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hank1980 (966) - Athens, Georgia, USA - OCT 8, 2007
I agree with others that this is more of an Imperial IPA than a BW. The hops in this one are much more previlant than in most BWs. Very piney, citrus, fresh taste and aroma. Very smooth taste and low carb mouthfeel. High ABV, though alcohol is not very strong in the flavor. Pours an dark amber/orange color with a small white head.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
aracauna (3531) - Georgia, USA - OCT 8, 2007
This really is more of an IIPA than a barleywine. Sure, there is more heft to the malt, it closing in on the chewy descriptor, and theres the hefty ABV, but this covers the alcohol almost entirely and its still a hop forward beer. The hops are bright and fresh, the bitterness is balanced with the richness of the malt, but theres still plenty of hop flavor. This is a really tasty big beer. Not too over the top, the alcohol excellently camoflaged, and an interesting malt backbone. My only qualms are with the name (Sweetwater, you make great beer. Please stop with the dumbass names!) and it being bottled in liter bottles. Seriously, I think even most beer geeks would prefer the 12 oz bottles. Not only is it more cost effective apparently (bottles of 20 oz and more always seem to cost much more per ounce than the same beer in 12 oz bottles) but its a pain to have to drink the entire beer in one sitting. Its not a pain from wanting to drink that much; its tasty, but youre going to have to make sure youre not going to be doing anything after you finish the bottle. Sure you can close the swing top and put it back in the fridge, but unlike wine, beer goes flat. I did get a second bottle of this to age and Ill post an update after a year or two to see how it ages.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rajendra82 (1058) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - OCT 7, 2007
The mammoth one liter bottle of this beer was imposing. Unlike Festive Ale liter bottles, the swing top on this beer was not dipped in red wax, instead a simple gold foil made accessing the beer a much easier proposition. I chose a Duvel tulip glass for the pour, and in it, the beer looked pale orange amber in color, with a two finger thick beige head. The looks were lighter and more lively than a typical barleywine (even an American one), so the reports of this being really a DIPA came to mind even before the first sniff. The smell also made me wonder if a barleywine was really in the glass, as the pine, grapefruit, and hay smells indicated mostly a lot of hops. The taste revealed a beautifully put together creation with hops, hops, and more hops. Salty, piney, spicy, floral, and citric hops were everywhere. As delicious as it was, the weakly flavored and fully attenuated dry malt profile made this quite a bit off the mark for a barleywine. It was not straddling the line between these closely related styles, it was just fully in a DIPA camp. The alcohol was very well hidden, making this liter of 10% brew temptingly easy to drink, and sneakily dangerous. I liked it a lot, but it was not what I expected it to be.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopdog (11774) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 7, 2007
1 liter bottle acquired in trade with jimbowood (thanks!). Poured a deep and cloudy amber color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of citrus, pine, caramel, and dark fruits. Hoppy. Tastes of caramel, dark fruits, pine, and citrus. Light alcohol in the finish.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
egajdzis (6186) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 7, 2007
Poured a hazy amber color with a small, off white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of pine, floral hops, caramel malts, resin, and dark fruits. Taste of caramel malts, juicy dark fruits, pine, tobacco, resin, and a bitter hoppy finish, with some light alcohol as well. Thanks to Steve for this one!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 6, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 27, 2007 1L bottle (which took most of the afternoon and evening to drink). I originally thought this was more of a IIPA when I first had it on draft. However, after having a bottle of this wonderful beer, it does indeed have many qualitites of an american barley wine.... but does cross the line a bit towards the IIPA. Very hoppy, a deep amber color, thin white head that lasts throughout. aromas of hops and pine. thick body with a chewy, bitter finish. wonderful all around the palate. the 10% abv is very well hidden, until you get up. Without a doubt the best beer from Sweetwater.... too bad it is so limited. At least I have another one in my cellar. They could have come up with a better name though...

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - OCT 6, 2007
Thanks to hopdog. Pours a lightly hazy orange amber with a smaller off white bubbly head. Aroma of lots of fresh hops, caramel, some dark fruits light toffee. Flavor of pine, grapefruit, caramel, toffee and light toasted malts.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 3, 2007
Pours a deep copper red color with a tan head. Aroma is sweet caramel, piney, and citrus hops. Flavor is caramel, with a citrus hoppy finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - OCT 2, 2007
1L Bottle: Pours a slightly hazy copper amber with a thin web of wispy white lacing head. Big fresh piny grapefruity resiny hoppy nose has a rich, sweet caramel maltiness for support. Body starts with a fairly full sugary carmel maltiness and big citrusy bittering and flavor hops. Finishes slightly warming and bittersweet. Seems a bit too fresh and unbalanced right now, but should age pretty well.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SSSteve (4006) - - OCT 1, 2007
thick pouring burgundy/amber liquid with a large frothy yellowish head. aroma of mandarin orange and apricot. flavor is full hops with plenty of sticky malts. sweet citrusy flavors. medium bodied. alcohol is nicely hidden and the hops are balanced enough to keep from being too obnoxious. touches of caramel but i would prefer more. excellent job. nice bottle...ill have to save one.


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