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 (4990) - 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 (1612) - 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. pilgrimoutlaw (888) - Wayne, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 3, 2010
Super malty, somewhat boozy, and very hoppy. Decent enough, but I’m not a fan of sweet big malt beers. GT (10001) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 4, 2010
Tap at Paradiso courtesy of Travlr. Pours a clear deep red with a decent tan head that leaves excellent sheety lace. (This was served in 100% the wrong glassware). Excellent piney, resinous fresh hop nose with some toast and caramel. Taste is sweet, malt-forward, a bit boozy, and then disintegrates into medicinal cherry syrup. dbarnold (1127) - Bethesda, Maryland, USA - JUN 14, 2010
Ok this is good like practically everything Troegs makes, but it’s a little intense for me. They say it’s the big brother of nugget nectar, and that’s true, but I prefer the little one. This has SO MUCH going on that it’s kind of overpowering, tons of malt, big heavy budy, as well as super strong hops. Really doesn’t taste like a barleywine at all. Well crafted but I had about a pint of it and it knocked this scotch drinker out... hopscotch (11175) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 16, 2009
Bottle... Pours dark – burnt orange when held up to bright light – with a small, creamy, khaki head. Decent retention. The nose is mostly grapefruit and pine, however, digging deeper, I came across plenty of brown sugar, caramel and toffee. Medium to full-bodied with tickling carbonation. Leans way toward the bitter side of balance – roasty, caramel sweetness overwhelmed by more-than-adequate, citrusy, earthy bitterness. Lengthy bittersweet (more bitter than sweet) finish. Bottle courtesy of scraff!