davidflores99 (225) - Long Beach, California, USA - NOV 7, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This poured a thick copperish color with a nice head, almost a tan hue. Aroma was spicy, malty, and somewhat fruity. Flavor was nice, very smooth, not too sweet but bitter at the same time. Very nice brew overall.
JoeMcPhee (8746) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 6, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 ml bottle. Clear, ruby colour topped with thick yellow head. Beautiful, sweet malty aroma, a bit of spicy hoppiness, some citrusy hops as well. Biscuity malts, a bit of candied fruit. Flavour is amazing, soft silky body, light carbonation, sweet biscuit malt flavour combined with sticky, spicy hop resins. Finishes with a long soft lingering bitterness, citrus, spice, berry fruitiness. Much more than the sum of its parts. Perfectly balanced, easy drinking, almost perfect..
hayduke (3531) - Eureka, California, USA - OCT 31, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Copper color with medium tan head. Powerful nose and obvious alcohol. Carmel sweet, with lots of hop pop. A multitude of other subtle flavors makes this something very unique. Costs a fortune but worth the price. Super brew.
wavers1 (909) - Notown, California, USA - OCT 29, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
nice copper ruby color. very effervescent with almost no head. heavily hopped passive aroma to go with the pleasantly pungent flavor. palate is great except for a slight alcohol taste. a good barleywine.
MikeMac (185) - Wyandotte, Michigan, USA - OCT 12, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured hazy orange with a nice frothy white head Aromas of citrus and hops with carmel sweetness. Nice hop flavor with mild citrus.Bread like after taste, Mild mouth feel . Flavors were not to over board for a barley wine . the price was a bit of a turn off 12.99 did not seem to be a great value .
750 ml bottle not sure on vintage date
mephisto (1272) - TAIWAN - OCT 12, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
another great brew from alesmith, a strong rendition of american barley wine. very hoppy aroma and flavor. classic stuff.
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - OCT 9, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2000 vintage. Thanks to Walt for this one. Pours hazy and blush with a creamy head. Super caramel aroma with some floral hops, cotton candy, alcohol and some woodiness. Very smooth. Some vitamin C flavor mingled with caramel, wood and hard candy flavors. Alcohol is only noticable in some lingering burn on the palate. Aged pretty well. I wonder if the later vintages are better because this ain’t over 4 in my book.
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - OCT 8, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber from axilla. Pours a cloudy orangish/pink color with a foamy white head. Nose is nicely hoppy, doughy, and yeasty. SOme grapefruit notes and citrus also present. Taste is hopps up front, malt in the back. Tastes of caramel and citrus grapefruit notes sway back and forth. finishes with a nice bitterness and a bit of warming
blankboy (6359) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 7, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry, GregClow & tupalev -- courtesy of HogTownHarry. Pours a cloudy reddish-brown with a small off-white head. The aroma: WOW! Aroma of fresh hops, citrus, caramel and roasted malt all combined in a great way. The flavour: Ka-Pow!! Starts off with a delicious citrusy hops bitterness and followed by a tasty malt sweetness. The 10% alcohol is barely noticeable. This a fantastic beer and one of the best Barley Wines I’ve ever had. AleSmith, can you do no wrong?
Gorbalev (2974) - Ontario, CANADA - OCT 6, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle courtesy of HogTownHarry - shared with blankboy, HogTownHarry and GregClow. Dark orange, big tan head. Strong alcohol and hops aroma. Wonderful strong alcohol and bitter taste. Rather sweet. Formidable. Medium to thick mouthfeel. Not overly complex, and this was near the end of a long tasting session, but this is a wonderful barleywine I would love o have again. Thanks Harry, a real treat