hopdog (12816) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 14, 2011
22oz bottle. Poured a deep amber, almost brown color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of caramel, dark fruits, some floral hoppiness, and a little toasty. Tastes of caramel, dark fruits, brown sugar, nuts, floral and citrus. Alcohol content overall well hidden. BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - MAY 12, 2011
Tap @ Bittercreek, Boise, ID: Pours a nice dark brown with a tan head. The nose is fresh and resinous with crisp hops and caramel malts. Thick big mouthfeel with a light roasty quality but more melanoidins and dark rich malts. The finish is fruity and caramelized, nice cherry and toffee notes. Big crisp hoppy finish too. Big. Would be nice to age some of this. bu11zeye (13029) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAY 9, 2011
(22oz bottle, courtesy of blutt59) Pours a clear deep amber body with a small cream head. Aroma of grass, pineapple, herbs, caramel, stomach acid, and weed. Flavor of grass, raisins, herbs, candi sugar, light pine, and caramel. blutt59 (6573) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 6, 2011
bottle, opaque orange amber color with a big citrus hoppy nose, flavor is bright pineapple, tropical fruit, much more a good IIPA Tmoney99 (14752) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 30, 2011
Bottle. Poured clear reddish brown color with a moderate frothy off-white head that mostly diminished with fair lacing. Moderate fruit, earthy and small caramel malt aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Moderate to heavy fruit bittersweet flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate duration. This is a complex good beer.
TheBeerGod (6241) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - APR 23, 2011
Bottle. Mahogany with a moderate, dense beige head. Aroma is fruity and sweet with soft spicy notes, citrus oils, caramel, light brown sugar notes, and tropical fruit. Taste is sweet with caramel, sticky sugar, spicy hops, floral hops, citrus oils, tropical fruit, dark bread and Bit O Honey. Body is medium-full with some sugary stickiness and mild carbonation. Faint alcohol warmth as well. Ends with more sugary stickiness, caramel, big tropical fruit notes towards the back end, citrus, floral hops and softer spicy hops. Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - APR 22, 2011
Bomber. Pours clear dark amber with a one finger thick off-white head that left spotty lacing. The nose is caramel, overripe citrus and dark fruits. The taste is toffee, dark fruits, citrus hops and a nice lingering bitter pine finish. Medium mouthfeel. Nice hoppy BW. DYCSoccer17 (3705) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 17, 2011
12 oz sample on tap at The Ale and the Witch in St. Pete, FL. The aroma has some catty, hopped, dank simcoe-like notes. Fruity, sweet, sticky notes are present, too. Some pleasant brown sugar is also in there. Mostly transparent ruddy-brown/mahogany body with a creamy off-yellow head. Good lacing. Attractive. Starts a little funky with tons of simcoe-like hoppy flavors. A little caramel and vinous notes present towards the middle. Finishes with a harsh, ethanolic and hop bitterness. A little too big and brash. 5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - APR 16, 2011
Bottle: Heavy ruby, also copperish, large frothy light beige head, spotty lacing. Why on earth would I get this aroma... I tied flies as a kid and I used this clear glue/cement to harden the head of the fly. Yep, thats what I get on the nose, cement and glue. It totally smells like model airplane glue/fly tying cement! I suppose thats the alcohol. Otherwise its somewhat of a brash alcohol and hop mixture. Pretty much tastes like a malty alcoholic beverage. Hops are minor, sweetness is rather dull. Nope, they didn’t hit it out of the park on this one either. WTF are these galaxy hops anyway? Are the hops supposed to taste like alcohol? I am really surprised by this one. I was expecting so much more, but holy f*cking sh!t, this is a trainwreck. Butte Creek Train Wreck, as a sh*tty as it is, is much better than this. God damnit Rob and Kurt, I was expecting more of a balanced Barley Wine, but this stuff is just harsh! Its not overly malty, not overly hoppy, its overly caustic and alcoholic. Maybe over time it will turn into paint thinner, which is pretty useful. This stuff... damnit, I need something to rinse my mouth out after this stuff. Beardface (1517) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - APR 15, 2011
Tap at 16 Tons during the Rob Widmer event. Poured mahogany with a slight off white head and splotchy lacing. Citric and resinous hops dominate the aroma with a little bit of caramel lingering. Tastes herbal, floral and full of some citrus notes as well with minor caramel backing. Not really much of a barleywine, but maybe it will take on more of those characteristics with some age.