fly (1486) - austin, Tejas, Texas, USA - OCT 16, 2007
Aroma is just heavenly hops. Deep, dark amber color. Wow, the aroma is so mesmerizing and delightful that I’m almost afraid to take the long awaited first sip for fear of ruining all.
Not so. Hops forward, but blending superbly with the masterful malt mix.
Complex and reaching beyond the feeble fly words that always become elusive in correlation to just how fine a beer is.I love this the way I love the finest bitersweet chocolate. Geez I want a case of this. Will settle for six or single if you happen to be reading this.
thanks so much to mj hopdog (12953) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 14, 2007
12oz bottle. Poured a deeper burgundy color with a smaller sized tan head. Aromas of pine, citrus, caramel, floral, and a trace of fruitiness. Tastes of caramel, toffee, citrus, pine, raisins, roast, and a trace of chocolate. Nice and hoppy. egajdzis (6693) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 13, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 15, 2008 Poured a lightly hazy, red amber color with a medium sized, off white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of pine, citrus fruits, caramel malts, floral hops, and cognac. Taste of pine, tobacco, strawberry, citrus fruits, caramel, resin, with toffee, bready malts, grapefruit, and light alcohol in the finish. webjedi (250) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - OCT 13, 2007
Heh, John Troeg pulled this one himself for me. Not what I was expecting for a barleywine. After discussion with John, he likes to brew an extra hoppy and sweet barley wine, and prefers them to be drunk early as opposed to laying them down, although, he says, and I agree, this may last a 2-5 year laydown to mature. Very sweet on the nose, almost rose like. Not too fluffy on the head, nice malt character to balance out the extra hops. I had a slight orange hint to it, just slightly. A little roast as well, not a char, but a light, light roast.. better than, say the nut brown which is supposed to be maltier. No real prune or rasin taste as I’ve had in most barleywines, nor the overwhelming butterscoth, whcih, for this, fits it well. I wonder if they may make this a standard batch...walked away with a growler full (On Tap 10/13/2007) tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - OCT 8, 2007
Draft sample at the brewery. Pours cloudy amber with beige head. The aroma is grapefruit and raisin, straight up. The flavor has big grapefruit hops right off, then some dry, raisiny, almost vinous notes. Pine and citrus dry out the malty finish. The whole thing, really, is malty and dry. Very tasty American barleywine.
DocLock (10970) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 8, 2007
UPDATED: APR 16, 2009 Wow. I didn’t realize that this was Scratch 4 until recently. The pour is turbid, muddy deep brownish with 1-finger of khaki head. The aroma is amazingly complex, giving notes of heavy hops, tropical fruit, funky feety Simcoe hops, yeasty hints, caramel malt, figs, and mild cognac. The palate is rich, complex, throwing different things at the palate with every sip. Among the flavors Inoted were caramel malt, huge feety hops, tropical fruit, blackberry, prune, cognac, and figs. The hops don’t overtake the malt, with both components being huge and balancing each other well, and the alcohol is very well hidden. I need more of this. Ty5592 (1018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 5, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 19, 2007 Bottle. Dark Amber/brown color with nice size tan head. Fruity/citrus aroma. The taste was fantastic. Hops,citurs, caramel with smooth & oily slick mouthful. I actually became gitty as I drank this beer. Can’t believe Troegs made such a great beer. They need to continue making this one. TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - OCT 4, 2007
Pours a deep ruby/brown/amber with a medium bubbly/creamy off white head that left some lacing. Aroma of floral, mixed citrus, pine, caramel, plums, red grapes, hints of alcohol, nice hoppy nose. Flavors of hops, orange, other citrus, grapefruit, pine, dark fruits, toffee and caramel. Surprisingly smooth...with a decent amount of hop bitterness. Best in the series so far! zathrus13 (1776) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - OCT 4, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 9, 2007 Pours brown, with a tan head. Aroma is hops and caramel. Flavor is hops, caramel, and some dark fruit. Medium to heavy body. One of Troeg’s better brews. Nejhleader (1574) - Lemoyne, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 3, 2007
nice and smooth, had a nice sweet taste to it blended with a bit of hops and with a nice grain element. good one.