Kevster (344) - Bradenton, Florida, USA - JUN 17, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap 6/7 @ the Brewery: Pours a dark ruby color with an off-white head that leaves nice lacing. Aroma is sweet and fruity with hints of pears and honey. Flavor is sweet and malty with hints of caramel in the start and hops in the finish. Enjoyable and drinkable!
beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - JUN 15, 2006
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
(05.06.06) One pint, 6.4 oz green bottle from Liquorama. Purple blue lettering on bottle but no date info. 10% ABV. Poured hazy red amber with tiny white head. Soft carbonation. Sweet malt, toasted malt, and fruity (pear or grape?) aromas. Full bodied barleywine that starts with notable malt sweetness and caramel, dried fruits (raisin?), and resiny hop flavors. Finished with sweet malt fade and light hop bitterness. Thick, malty and sweet, almost cloying. Very assertive hop profile. Not well-balanced. This barleywine could benefit from some aging to smooth out the flavors.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 15, 2006
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow, now this is what itís all about. Iíve found Alesmith brews - while obviously of an extremely high quality - to vary a bit more than I care for. But this barleywine is just exquisite. A lovely deep brown/amber color with a fine, rich head and plenty of lace. The aroma evelops you slowly, with rich malts giving way to dried fruits, some tart and some sweet, with just a hint of smoke or caramel in there. I think I may have cracked this one a tad too early (couldnít wait!) since the hops are probably not as integrated as they might be. But this really rules.
TPaliga (212) - Munster, Indiana, USA - JUN 11, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours golden brown with thin head. Aroma is sweet fruit. Pears and apples. Taste is honey, pears, ripe fruit, and slight hops. Feels nice on the toungue with a little thickness toboot. Nice malt balance in the finish. Excellently drinkable barleywine. I will have this again soon.
eaglefan538 (3024) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 3, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 5, 2007 Re-rate after additional 5/07 (9-12 mos old) and 11/06 (3-6 mos old) tastings: Pour same as original experience. The aroma and flavor consisted of caramel, bread, tea bags, brown sugar, some oranges and molasses. Clear hop presence, keeps this from being a pure malt runaway barleywine, although clearly short of the American Barleywine levels. Neither of these bottles were hot, alcohol well-tamed. Original rating: Poured a reddish brown / orange color with very little head and minimal lacing. The aroma was sweet, hoppy, and of alcohol. The flavor was sharply dominated by the alcohol with a sweet and somewhat fruity touch to a pretty standard malty caramel type barleywine base with a hoppy and resiny aftertaste (molasses seems to be a common theme noted by others, which I might buy if I had it again). Mouthfeel was pretty heavy. Another year or so in the bottle may have improved this one.
Firemoose15 (567) - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 29, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, Courtesy of OhioDad. It brings a slight tear to my eye, after hearing that something is really good and then, realizing it for myself. Aroma of caramel and toasty malts combined with raisin and honey. Poured a nice amber with a light cap. Flavor is just excellent, the woodiness of its combination of malts and slight hops really entwine nicely with the caramel. Palate was nice and medium bodied with a lengthy finish that really entices you to have somemore. Overall this was just soooo good. Thanks again Scott!
Boutip (5833) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 23, 2006
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle (Courtesy of Hogtownharry): Poured a clear medium brown color ale with a small foamy brown head with minimal retention. Aroma of sweet caramel malt is dominating without being too sweet though. Some floral hops are discernable but nothing overwhelming. Taste is also dominated by sweet malt but I canít find any complexity of dry fruits characteristics that I usually enjoy. Some hops provide a slightly bitter finish but nothing to overshadow the rest of the beer. Body is defiantly too thin and watery for my liking and alcohol is well hidden. Even do I usually enjoy English style barleywine, I cannot say that I was overly impressed by this one.
LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - MAY 22, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
gorgeous beer. red orange deep color with virtually no head. aroma of carmel corn, cherry licorice, cherries. flavor has some menthol to it, along with that cherry licorice flavor and some sour cherry candies, with a touch of cinnamon and a good alcohol vibe.
GonZoBeeR (3061) - ste-catherine, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 21, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma:strong caramel-wood aroma...
Appearance:Dark amber,small head....
Flavor:Alcohol,caramel and wood but a litle bit to watery for a barley wine...
Shag (2834) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - MAY 20, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A dark amber appearance with a small head. A cherry, orange, and caramel aroma. The flavor is well balanced but more in the American mold in my opinion. A strong citrus flavor exists with some maltiness in the background. The mouthfeel is a little light with a slight alcohol burn. Not the best Ive had but still damn good.