hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - MAR 28, 2009
22 oz. Thought this was an ASA, but I guess it could be considered an american barleywine. Deep amber in color with a small to medium off white head. Aroma of a nice amount of fresh citrus hops- some grapefruit, orange, caramel, toasted malts, and some light fruit. Taste is hoppy with a good deal of citrus, grapefruit- light, sweet tropical fruit, a good caramel backbone with some brown sugar sweetness- nice body, the bitterness is initially light but continues to build through the finish. A nice one from Troegs. CapnJazz (52) - Binghamton, New York, USA - MAR 28, 2009
Bomber from Steve, thanks man!! My impressions of this are fading as I’m rating it from memory. Some really nice things going on, but it’s really on the hoppy side for a barleywine. Actually reminded me of Nugget Nectar with a heavier, fruitier malt presence. Good, but I think this one needs to sit for a year. jblendy (521) - Hawthorne, New Jersey, USA - MAR 28, 2009
Good effort from troegs. Nice citric/herbaceous hops, some caramel sweetness, a bit of berry like fruitiness toward the finish, and a pleasant bite. mwelsh13 (499) - Maryland, USA - MAR 28, 2009
22oz bottle pours deep garnet in color with a head that quickly fades to a ring. Big citrus hop aroma with some sweetness. Simcoe tasting hop slight bitterness with a slight tartness. Caramel is the largest component of the sweetness. Very goo. Will Sit on the second bottle for a while and see what happens. RCL (2032) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 27, 2009
Candied pineapple hop aroma. Friggin delicious sweet caramel coated hops flavor. This is superb.
Snoop59 (105) - Penn Run, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 27, 2009
22 oz. Bomber poured into a snifter. Pours a dark brown with ruby highlights. Thin off-white head that diminishes quickly. Sweet, malty aroma with caramel, dark fruits, and a touch of bourbon. Citrus hop also comes through in the aroma. Initial flavor is sweet caramel malt with raisins and plums, subdued oak. Balanced nicely with a citrusy hoppiness. Very slight warming finish. Medium bodied. I’ll definitely age a couple for future tastings. thornecb (6055) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 26, 2009
Pours deep amber into a snifter. Hefty head slowly recedes to hug rim. Dark caramel and pine aromas. Creamy with sweet and sour citrus upfront turning to a burning, and lasting resin hop finish. beerandIT (300) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 24, 2009
Wow. Troegs does it again! Dark color. Smells simcoe but has more subtle complexities. A bit of chocolate in there. Not much head but that’s no big deal for a barley wine. Clean finish on that chocolate but does not stick around too long. Hop finish that lingers as it is supposed to, kind of like a family member. Excellent showing by Troegs and would like to get another one to see what happens when I cellar it. machfive55 (358) - Columbia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 18, 2009
Poured a very dark amber with little head. The aroma is not very exciting, slightly on the hoppy side. The flavor is outstanding, just a really good mellow beer with a nice mix of hops and malt that seems to be a perfect balance. The 9% alcohol is not overpowering. For as large a beer as this is, it is very easy to drink. An excellent barleywine. MrChopin (4305) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 17, 2009
Scratch #4 bottle thanks to lb4lb!
Opaque tan-mahogany, small yellowish-beige head. Nose is malt heavy, toasty, some caramel and plum, sugar, rich. Flavor is similarly sweet but has more malt complexity, lots of plum in the finish and minor alcohol, and there is still some leafy hop. JW-lite.