PWalk (337) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 17, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma of dark fruit. Tastes very nice and sweet with a toasted caramel present. Very warming and enjoyable.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - JAN 16, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a hazy amber with a small off white head. Appears thick and oily and sticks to the glass. Aroma is malt foward. Sweet, fruity, and notes of honey. Sweet, malty, caramel flavors start it off. This then turns to fruit and gives a well balanced finish of honey, bitterness, and alcohol (both flavor and warming sensation). Body is full with a light syrupy feel. It happens to be a great night for this beer. I am in a cabin in the mountains. It is 15 degres and there is a chance of snow. But i am nice and warm..or should I say toasty.
hopdog (8867) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 15, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
In addition to the BA version I tasted, I also tasted 2 bottles (Vinages í03 & í99) of this beer. Poured an amber color with an off white head. Aromas and tastes of raisins, plums, alcohol, and caramel. Sweet.
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 14, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pour was a deep ruby with a nice tan head that laced well...smell is pine hoppy with lots of plum, smoke, oak, caramel,and alcohol...taste was sweet and young with alcohol...also a definate hoppy warmth...lots of alcohol here...good though...
Cornboy (424) - Eastampton, New Jersey, USA - JAN 13, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aromas of plum, malt and slight twinge of alcohol. Bottle is aged enough that the hops are almost nonexistent. Tons of malt and dried fruit come through. Carbonation almost gone with a rigorous pour. Medium bodied, nothing too cloying. Slight alcohol kick in the finish. Quite nice.
jzzbassman (1514) - New Albany, Mississippi, USA - JAN 13, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a light brown with almost no head. Big aroma of alcohol and malted milk balls. Flavor was a little "hot" and hoppy, but really nice with lots of citrus, pine resin, and malt. The flavor was made even better by a full palate without being too sticky and just the right amount of carbonation. Iím very grateful to mjames for bringing this one back for me.
NVBeer232 (467) - Reno, Nevada, USA - JAN 3, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
New Years Eve 2004 beer #2. Best name I have heard for a barleywine yet. Pours a lot lighter color than I expected. Nice head/lacing. Lots of resiny citrus aroma here, with warm toasted malt aroma and alcohol emerging as it warmed. Excellent mouthfeel. Beady, soft carbonation along with toasty malt, carmel, and a big dose of hop resin. Finshes with a note of alcohol and lingering malt sweetness. Excellent. I think I want to lay one of these down for a few years and see how it progresses.
Nuffield (3668) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 28, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big hazy dark chestnut body. Rich in both malts and hops, with a mild appearance from the alcohol. Not hyper-carbonated, as befitting the style, but hyper-smooth. Vinous, dark fruits (dates), wood, and a crispy, deep-fried, burnt edge. The mid-finish isnít super-complex, but otherwise this is a wonderful concoction. (2004 Christmas Party, my #3, groupís #4)
Zach Diesel (906) - Sisters, Oregon, USA - DEC 26, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
strong candy and alcohol aroma, brown/red with a nice looking head, very balanced, delicate on the palate, earthy and warming with growing alcohol strength and increasing stickiness, nothing too complex, well crafted but somehow lacking, severely overhyped
kyzr (1150) - Belgrade, Montana, USA - DEC 20, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From top to bottom this was an outstanding ale. I love the rich texture and the balance of hops and malt. What a great beer to share the Chritmas season.