CheesedMan (555) - Saint Cloud, Florida, USA - DEC 2, 2007
Pours a ruddy brown with hints of orange gleaming around the edges. Aroma is piney and resinous, with a brown sugar, malty backbone. Flavor is much more hop forward than I particularly like in a BW. Alcohol becomes evident on the finish, warming on the way down. Nice. WeeHeavySD (3387) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 22, 2007
12oz bottle from BrianK. Thanks dude. Served in my reidel snifter. Pours cloudy brown with a nice half finger head. The nose is floral with a bit of a hoppy edge. Taste is sweet but bitter with a citrus feeling to it. Overall pretty nice but thin on the palate and oddly bitter on some levels. Lets see how it warms up. jbrus (4989) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - NOV 28, 2008
Bottle@Home. Not very strong aroma, black currant, wet clothes and some coffee can be found. Dark ruby color, beige fine head, good lace. Very sweet, very bitter, very fruity, licorice wood, quite complex flavours. Full with a dry finish. Nice complexity but lot the balance a bit. GMCC2181 (1613) - Newark, Delaware, USA - MAR 30, 2009
Bottle shared by robert at SL. Red in color, decent head... malty aroma..... Sweet taste...sugary taste, a little to sweet for my liking. Super malty. Nice texture. Overall an enjoyable beer but just to sweet for my liking.... fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 12, 2009
Aroma of citrus and pine hops with big caramel malt and a distinct, odd sort of sweet aroma, really sweet fruit or yogurt or something... Flavor also had some very sweet dessert notes, maybe in the area of praline, in addition to more of the nice hopping and more expected rich caramel malt. There was also an odd side to the flavor with some meaty notes for me as well. This beer was kind of all over the place for me, even the praline notes seemed out of place somehow, though pleasant in its own right. A lot of good stuff, and nothing terribly bad-tasting, but left me more confused than anything.
sallad (115) - USA - JUN 16, 2009
Hazy bronze, reddish highlights, thick, fizzy head is darker than you would expect. Resiny aromas of sweet honey, pine and blueberry. Large malt body, perhaps slightly oxidized, with a bit of citrus in the finish and a thin, dry bitter aftertaste. Definite alcohol warmth on the way down. TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JAN 17, 2010
22 oz bottle from the Ratebeer Tasting. Pours a dark brownish near opaque hue, dark, a small offwhite head laces fairly well. Aromas are fruity, pear and apple with a touch citrus, some light spicy yeast with a touch of stibk. Ighjt, yeast, a nice fruity fairly boozy ale.with some light spive, fairly good bitterness. Finish is largely sweet and yeast, with a decent bitterness. AmEricanbrew (6878) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - APR 23, 2010
courtesy of exiled. Hazy brown color/ fleeting tan head. Malty sweet spicy pit fruit caramel aromas. medium to full bodied. Spicy caramel, sharp pit fruit, mildly boozy flavors. good. patrickfannon (1241) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 30, 2010
Bottle. 25.4 oz. Split with Vinny. Pours a deep, hazy mahogany with a rich, beige head. Aroma of vanilla, barley, candied brown sugar, caramel, honey, raisins, bread, and heavy amounts of sweet malts. Body is full and heavy, with a rather bitter palate. This brew had the distinct nose of a barley wine, but the flavor did not nearly match the aroma. Perhaps Troegs decided to over-hop this brew in an attempt at experimentation, but it comes off as either an overly saccharin IPA or an extremely bitter, tight barley wine. Average brew. Damico (3147) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 30, 2010
The sweet malty smell is typical of a barleywine, but cuts the booziness nicely. The appearance is ruby amber but not much of a head. The flavor is sweet, malty, and smoother than the norm which is why I believe it is weel respected as a barleywine.