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 jehoey (765) - Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 27, 2007
Aroma is full of American hops, it just pours out of this beer. Lots of resinny, piney, citrussy notes, that come off rather sweet. pours a dark rich amber with a head that is an amber tint. flavor is really nice. A very firm rich maltiness on top of a wealth of hop flavor. Lots of citurs and pine flavors. Really nice brew. velvety palate. excellent. Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JAN 19, 2008
If you have a case of this talk to me. I want it. I could drink this beer all the time. It was very similar to GI IIPA but a little less in your face, which can be a good thing. Huge hoppage aroma and flavor. Undoubtedly simcoe if my memory serves me correct. Great malt backbone to really balance it out. Delicous. Must get more. 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. BREWMUSKCLES (2686) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 29, 2009
could a beer look much better? brown orange and red hues and just a touch cloudy and with a thin yet substantive light brown head. fully hopped but much more grapefruit candy with a fine malt backbone the beer smells like it will taste and tastes even better. a real fruit flavor all its own with great sweetness, addicting, with no trace of the abv....i am not worthy!
Nephilium (1818) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - APR 12, 2009
Aroma is a wonderful scent of ruby red grapefruits, with a touch of caramel coming out after the initial surge. Pours a clear, dark red, with just a dusting of head. Slick mouthfeel, touch of biscuit malts, and low carbonation. This beer starts with caramel notes, blending into pine and grapefruit, with a long bitter finish. The alcohol is amazingly well hidden. Quite a tasty beer, and one I want to grab some to lay down and see how it is in a year or two. MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - APR 13, 2009
Bottle purchased at Rozi’s in Lakewood. I normally would pass something like this up... Except thats in a 22.oz bottle, 9.3% barley wine and is brewed in Pennsylvania. Oh yeah, and by Troegs, that’s not too bad to put on the ol resume. Anyhow, this is a darn pretty beer. Dark brown with a hint or rad in it, with a thin cream foam head on top. The aroma is out of this world. Through my stuffy nose the balance of floral citrus notes and strong dark fruity malt thickness. The hops are so nicely represented in the aroma, and then it is balanced perfectly with the semi roasted malt scent and this beautiful fruitiness. Did that sentence make sense? Regardless, that is how impressed I am with this beer. Its knocked me off my seat. It is flavored just as well, smooth and malty. Sweet and bitter. Viscous and fan-fucking-tastic. It warms up to you with a top notch fruity malt complex. It isn’t overloaded with anything, not too chewy from the malt, not too fruity at all, and not too hoppy. Those things are all in a near-perfect balance, and it is brought up a small level with a slightly roasted/smokey flavor at the end. If this beer was barrel aged, I would probably defecate in my pants in excitement. MrBunn (2826) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 18, 2009
Bomber. Pours a ruby brown with a bif head of tan foam. Aromas are a pretty nice mix of sugary malts and a little bit of hops bite... both floral and pine. Flavor is a nice mix of brown sugar, caramel, fruit and pineapple. Alcohol makes itself felt, but doesn’t mess up the flavor. I really like this beer. It isn’t over the top aggressive like so many of the BW’s that seem to get all the press. This is just darn fine. Dorwart (2590) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - JUN 4, 2010
Good sized light orange head of fine and dense bubbles. A good head for a barleywine. Awesome aroma. Oranges and grapefruit smack you across the face as you open the bottle. Sweet candi sugar and caramel malts too. Color is a dark ruddy brown. Oooohhhh. Very nice. Very smooth and easy drinking. A nice hoppy bitterness and alcohol warming that is offset by the perfect balance of sweet malts. More fruit and roasted grains. Medium bodied and rather lively in the mouth for a barleywine. Finishes sweet and warm with a lingering velvety smooth finish. A great barleywine and one that should probably be drank fresh because of the strong hops presence. arminjewell (9672) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUL 16, 2010
Pours deep reddish brown with a nice lasting off white head. Big aroma of dark fruit, caramel, toffee, citrusy and pine hops with a touch of molasses. Great big caramel and toffee sweet follow a nice pine and citrus hop character that is absent in many other barleywines. Goes into a nice bitter and dry finish. Awesome barley wine!