sfontain (845) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 3, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 mL from The Andersons, Columbus, OH. Lovely pour: Dark red, a little syrupy-looking, and a medium, frothy, easy-to-resummon head. Extremely fragrant; exploding with malty aroma along with orange and brown sugar and, strangely, banana. Flavor is just knock-you-down strong; asskicking malt with a killer hop aftertaste; I love it, but itís simply too much. Thick, moderately sticky, but a bit cloying. 6 oz. of this would have been enough; instead, I drank all 750 mL, and it was admittedly tough. Good beer, but just too over the top, even for me.
chriso (7497) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 3, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled at the London gathering, November 2005. Thanks to Captain Cougar for bringing this one over. Hazy copper colour. Big and brash with a big mix of grainy caramel malt and citric hop. My notes say "nice mouthfeel" which isnít exactly too revealing but do think it works, which I donít always find to be the case with the malt/hop conjunction in these big US beers. But I still think I prefer my barley wines to be a little more refined and subtle, hence it doesnít quite achieve top marks from me.
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - DEC 2, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle poured dark caramel with a big, thick head and heavy lacing.
Strong aroma of citrus, hops, fruits.
Flavor of Sweet malts, caramel, citrus and ripe fruits.
Awesome, smooth, creamy, easy drinking barley wine that just seemed to get better as it warmed in the glass.
Alcohol was not over powering at all.
Would like to try another bottle of this.
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 16, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. So far both the Old Numbskull and the barrel aged version have been my least favourite Alesmiths, having said that, iíve enjoyed them both. Gristy sweetish malt characters, with piney American hops, ever so slightly vinous. Malts are a bit caramelly and toasty. Its nice, but US barley wines have never been a favourite with me.
Mungo (2471) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - NOV 16, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle @ London Gatherying, Nov 05. Citrus hops and an almost grainy malt flavour I have found in several US beers. Some alcohol. This would have been pretty good but the grainy malty flavour put me off.
Bockyhorsey (2610) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - NOV 16, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma was of fermented apples. Murky copper color body with decent off white head. This one had a medium flaovr to it. Not that numbing alcohol warming effect. Did get some caramel flavor in the finish. Smooth enjoyable beer.
maeib (8750) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - NOV 14, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled at the Chris_O Beer, Cheese and Curry powwow. A hazy reddy brown coloured beer with no head to speak of. The aroma is full of malts, hops and alcohol. It really is a lovely smell. The taste is also massively rewarding. Big hop taste, big malts and big alcohol. I can see why this wouldnít appeal to some people (Steve) but I found this just wonderfully tasty. Big thanks to CaptainCougar for bringing this one over to Kook and to Kook for sharing.
harrisoni (15314) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - NOV 14, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at London Gathering Nov 05. As per usual Silk was completely wrong on this beer (although he was correct with the Cantillon Cognac and the Lyme Bay mead). Maeib and I both enjoyed this. Hazy russet colour with beige head. Big US hop aroma. Lime and grapefruit. Pretty good actually. Nothing too distinguished with it, some good malt, but it ticks all the right boxes. Kept going back to it throughout the evening.
SilkTork (5412) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - NOV 13, 2005
0.7 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 3/20
Nov, 2005. Kilburn Palace Bottle Fest. Ugly stale hop heavy aroma. No freshness here. Unpleasant sweet, hop soaked flavour. Unable to swallow. Ugly stuff.
Joeh (2049) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - NOV 12, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Chrisí meetup by way of Kook and CaptainCougar (I think?). Cloudy red beer with medium head. Alcoholic, malty and fruity aroma. Flavour is quite typical of the style, sweet malt and fruity, lots of alcohol and not too hoppy. Tasty.