madmitch76 (25537) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 16, 2010
10th October 2008. GABF. 2007 vinatge. Dry palate - not in a good way as it’s a saccharine sort of dryness. Sweet malt up to the mid when bitterish hop finish. Would have been better without that icky dryness. Oakes (18756) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 21, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 21, 2007 2007, at the brewpub in Stevenson. Bright amber colour. Chewy aroma - a little crystal, earth, balanced woody/grapefruity hop. Flavour lets down a bit....quite bitter to the point of imbalance. Some chewy crystalness, butnot with the same degree of nuance as other WM brews. Alcohol is surprisingly not apparent but I could have used some of that to cut through the cloying finish. This actually should be much better by the time Hard Liver ’08 rolls around.bu11zeye (13215) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JAN 13, 2009
@ Hard Liver ’06Beautiful bright orangey-amber colour. Soapy, perfumey hop with shallow brown sugar malt. Sort of light body, with hints of brown sugar, caramel malts and a shade of hoppy dryness. Not horrible, but certainly nothing special. 6-3-7-3-13 = 3.2
(Draught, 2007 vintage) Pours a lightly hazy amber body with a small beige head. Aroma of caramel, cherry, toffee, apricot, and orange. Flavor of caramel, cherry skins, candi sugar, and mild hops (floral, grass) with a dry finish. daknole (11402) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - APR 17, 2010
thanks to buckeyeboy! Reddish tinged, brown pour. Caramel, spicy hops, citrus, toffee, brown sugar nose. Flavor is sweet a bit boozey and hoppy. Damn good beer. JorisPPattyn (10072) - BELGIUM - APR 24, 2008
Red-brown beer under a yellow head. Wood, US hops, but restrained, cashews, orange- or mandarinepeel. Wry, sweet-bitter in an excellent balance. Slick, viscuous, chewy, wry-woody in the mouth. Excellent beer sustaining the fame of its brewers.
douglas88 (9622) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 15, 2015
On tap at belmont station. Pours a clear dark brown color with a small white head. A big sweet fruity nose. Caramel, toffee, berries, rich burnt caramel. Pine fruity hops. Solid. Very good. BuckeyeBoy (8460) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUN 4, 2007
On tap at BrewPub Pours out a Amber topped with a very small head. Very sweet aroma. A great BW. after4ever (8025) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - JUL 22, 2010
Draft at Uber. Pours a cloudy and very bright medium orange with a dense but rather thin and short-lived dun-colored head. Big fragrant oranges and orange peel nose, really gets you set up from the start for a hop monster. Dense, creamy body, but not sticky, really. Plenty of carb but not at all fizzy. The mid-palate is just an eruption of nice tangy malt sweetness, lots of oranges, caramel, sugared dates, very much a Christmas morning beer. The hop bomb thing never really comes through as finishing bitterness, though--it’s pretty much all malty sweetness with some acidic citrus over the top, and then no oily resin at the end. A very nice and approachable west coast style BW that packs all the sweetness and smoothness of a British. Nicely done. kramer (6905) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 25, 2006
12 handbottle, via wohlfs. Pours a dark ruby colored body with a thin wispy covering of off-white head. Very thick aroma, tons of toffee, alcohol, caramel, candied dark fruits, and bananas with a typical PNW hoppiness. Well balanced between syrupy sweetness and hop bitterness up front. Finish is extremely hot and alcoholic with a lingering bitterness that fades to a light medicinal taste akin to an aged single malt. Mouthfeel is very thick, syrupy, and almost still. This one was just a bit too hot for my tastes, a little too much of everything. BBB63 (6567) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - APR 6, 2006
Served in a snifter and at near room temp: Poured a beautiful mahogany hue with an initial fizzy head which laid to a small ring and some oily coating on the glassware
The nose detects heavy carmelized malt, candi sugar, and a hint of molasses at the forefront followed by notes of ripened apricots, fig, and starfruit. Spicy esters of anise and clove also come about for a visit, even some smoked peated malt come out to play, COOL!
The taste starts extremely malty and a bit of the olde oxidation that I ENJOY in a traditional English styled barleywine but then under it all is a noticeable smack of PNW hop character of bitter bite and cloves. Throughout it all is that underlaying fruit twang. Finishes with some alcohol warming but not really too powerful. I really dig the flavor profile once my palate adjusted.
The mouth feel is oily and lush but a hop bite kept it refreshed.
Overall a tasty hybrid, part traditional and part new world PNW. It works for me, get ya some.