drunkenpolack (319) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - FEB 2, 2012
It’s a hoppy beer, I’ll give it that. With small amounts of caramel and fruit but really the hoppiness dominates. I wasn’t sure what to classify it as. But still a decent brew. Just not mind blowing. Damico (3147) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 1, 2012
Pours dark crimson amber with a decent creamy light tan head. The aroma is a hoppy barleywine obviously, with the hops coming through lightly but clean on the light sweet barleywine malt signature. The flavor of a smooth barleywine, not biting or over resiny but a the sweet malts as a backbone with the notes of the three hops pleasant on top. mar (5437) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 21, 2011
bottle thanks to exiled. poured a deep amber with a cream head. nose is crisp hops, pine, citrus, and caramel. great on the palate, hops, fruit, citrus, piney finish, light chewiness. Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 5, 2011
750mL bottle. Poured clear, rich garnet with a towering, sticky cap of beige head. The aroma picked up juicy, delicious hops upfront (orange, floral, and pine notes above all else), with raisins, cane sugar, and bready sweetness beneath.. the hops worked hardest, and they worked well with the malt bill. The flavor opened with oily orange and pine bitterness that coated the tongue with bitterness.. molasses, drawn caramel, and crusty bread at the core.. grainy sweetness and resiny bitterness on the long, well-balanced finish. Heavier-bodied and fairly well carbonated on the palate.. coating and bitter.. alcohol was held in check.. this was a solid brew, but by the end, the malts just weren’t greatly interesting. I’d gladly drink it again. SphinxTX (2875) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - OCT 22, 2011
Bottle thanks to ericandersnavy. Pours a deep, dark brown with orange hues. Aroma is very toasted malt, brown sugar, piny and citrus hops. Flavor is much the same. Mouthfeel is very heavy body with medium carbonation. Overall, good shit!
thirdeye11 (6162) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 12, 2011
(750ml bottle thanks to Exiled) clear deep amber with creamy tan head and excellent lacing. Nose is floral, touch of citrus hops, vanilla and orange rind. Taste of orange rind, vanilla, cracker, delicious oily/creamy linger. hopscotch (11182) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 19, 2011
Bottle… Murky light brown ale with a small, creamy, off-white head. The aroma offers a melange of caramel, dark fruits, tropical fruits and earthy hops. Medium to full-bodied with a lightly creamy mouthfeel and lively carbonation. The flavor furnishes caramel, toffee and toasted malts balanced by a very nice raw lupulin component. The finish is rich and warm, leaning neither bitter nor sweet. Bottle courtesy of giarcsr! daknole (11050) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 18, 2011
Brown pour. Creamy, yellowish pour. Aroma is sweet, hoppy, toffee, golden raisins. Sweet flavor, some citrus hops, brown sugar, bready notes. beerguy101 (5360) - Newark, California, USA - AUG 7, 2011
Sampled on 8/6/2011. This Barley Wine pours a medium reddish amber color from a 750ml bottle. Medium to large sized white foamy head with nice lacing and long lasting retention. The aroma is caramel, fruity, sweet, bready, raisins and citrus. A medium to full bodied Barley Wine. The malts are caramel, fruity and sweet. The hops are citrusy and floral. Nice carbonation. Somewhere between a Barley Wine, Double IPA and a American Strong Ale. It has aspects of all three. A lot more hoppiness in the taste than the aroma. Nicely balanced. Hides the alcohol well. But there is a touch of alcohol hotness/bite at the finish. Nice beer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter, yet there is some sweetness. Mora2000 (6158) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JUL 18, 2011
Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle.
The beer pours a reddish-amber color with a white head. The aroma is full of toffee and a lot of dark fruit and some alcohol. The flavor is more of the same. I get a lot of brown sugar and toffee and caramel malt. The hops are also present in the flavor and contribute some grassy and piney notes. The alcohol is present but the beer is still easy to drink. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.