heemer77 (5096) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - APR 8, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
From the beer engine at the Maproom in Chicago. Dark amber color with a thick tan head. The aroma is massive caramel with slight bread and some more toasty goodness. The taste is sweet caramel with peanuts. There are also some oranges and breadcrust. Finishes sweetly. Nice brew.
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - APR 6, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle that Styles found in the Michigan Beer Repository. Best before date of 11-97. Brown color. Lots of floaties. Thin white head which is pretty amazing considering the age of this beast. Cola-like aroma. Sweetish and slightly oxidized malt. Thin mouthfeel. Fair at this stage of it’s life. I would like to try this fresh off the cask.
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - APR 4, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask at Buckeye. Dark ruby brown, started off with a short foamy head and some lacing that later became clear. Interesting aroma sweet fruits and hoppy. Palate was smooth, just thick enough to coat your mouth with flavor. Some of the fruity notes along wth the dry finish reminded me of grape tannins. A short shot of roast/chocolate towards the end. Very drinkable and plenty here to interest your palate.
Pailhead (4622) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - APR 3, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: On the label it says best before 11-97, so whatever year that makes it. Aroma of wine, vinegar, chocolate, and a little tartness. Pours a dark reddish-brown with lots of sediment. Small off-white head. Not a lot of flavor up front. Has a vinuous, caramel, chocolate, and light apple finish. Thanks to Styles.
NVBeer232 (467) - Reno, Nevada, USA - APR 2, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask @ Buckeye: Wow, dark color. I thought I had my order screwed up till I took a whiff. Soft, lightly sweet aroma of crystal malt and flowery hops. Flavors basically followed the aroma: Pleasantly malty sweet with a touch of flowery hops balancing everything out. Very mild compared to what I expect when I see a beer advertized as "barleywine". But that being said, it was quite pleasing and very drinkable.
Probiere (992) - Iowa, USA - MAR 14, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Huh, so this is a barleywine. On cask at the Gaslight. Dark brown porterish look, small head, fine bubbles. Smell toffee, molasses, some sort of roastiness and floral hops. Mouthfeel slightly chaky, medium-full. Taste mild coffee, semi-sweet chocolate, and a slightly crisp hoppy finish. Kinda wierd.
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 9, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
A very decent english barleywine that pours a deep amber/brown with an of-white head. Aromas of spice, and flavors of old hops, honey and a light bitterness.
TomSpears (65) - Norfolk, ENGLAND - FEB 23, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is worth going out into the cold. Winter’s are made for such beers. Warming. Sweet, but also roasty and dark. The interest is in that ending swallow.
Mungo (2472) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - FEB 21, 2005
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Cask conditioned @ South Western Arms, Soton. Alcohol nuts and fruit on the nose. On drinking stale cardboard flavours apparent.
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 2, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask @ Moan & Dove, Amherst, MA: Deep ruby brown, chestnut beige head. Fruity grain malt nose. Rather sweet, chewy caramel malts, big toffee, plum, raison, treacle. Finish with a firm hop bitterness. A bit clashy are the malts and hops sometime, but still a very drinkable and enjoyable offering.