jercraigs (8334) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 9, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. A long awaited beer for me, was kind of disappointing. Dark amber body, small white head. Slightly sweet aroma is very alcoholic. Similar flavour to the aroma slightly sweet malt, with overbearingly alcoholic finish. Average palate is not adequate for this beer. It really deserves a fuller body. Lots of booze without the big flavours to go with it. Like a Sammy Sosa bunt - itís enjoyable, but not what you came for. Would give it a second chance if available. Thanks R.
Beerguys (50) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 4, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured amber in color with a hint of gold. Small head that lasted till beer was finished. Noticed a sweet smell and taste. Light bitter taste to the finish that warms the belly because of the high alcohol content. Very enjoyable
Fiend (104) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 4, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured with a lasting head and dark coppery in color. The balance between the 10% ABV and abundant malt flavor were perfect. I didnít know what chewy maltiness was until I tried this beer. My sample was a 2005 so I can only imagine this beer would be even better if I had the willpower to wait a year or two!
TimE (3990) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JAN 9, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I was lucky enough to sample a 96 edition of this and it was liquid heaven. This is one of my fav. N.A.B.W. when fresh and age does wonders for this beer. Sherry, caramel, chocolate and dry strawberries compete in the nose, with the sherry coming out the winner. The body is thick and syrupy like B.W. should be in January. The strawberries are stronger in the mouth along with chocolate and caramel. The finish is big, warming and heavy. AWESOME
jsquire (3694) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - DEC 1, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2003 bottle. This beer poured with no head and was an ugly, muddy, flat color. Not an auspicious start. Good nose of dark caramel sweetness. Flavors of dried fruit, raisens, prunes, buttery caramel, some wood, and hops in the long finish. Decent sipping barley wine on a cold winter night. Thanks to presario for the bottle.
stephen louis (164) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 15, 2004
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
pours a carmal gold with a small tightly packed tan head,strong sweet nose noted on the pour.
on taste:strongest notes are malt, carmal, plum ,prune and coffee(chocolate malt?)...this beer really improves as it warms(went from a 3.5 to a 4.5 in taste.)It has a thick creamy texture and light alcohol burn finish that would be perfect in front of the fire!
Great job on this beer and great bottle art too.
dirkules (629) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 1, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Amber red colour with a off white head. The aroma is very vinuous (surp rising for an Edmonton brew) with some burnt sugar and alcohol on the nose. Tastes are spicy, sweet, and fruity. Iíll be darned that this is a beer! Itís freakin Great!
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 30, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2003 bottle. Very sweet malty smell. Murky dark brown colour. Intense grape like sweetness on first sip - slight hop bitterness after. Flavour really intensifies as it gets warmer, almost overpowers by the end. A good barley wine and quite drinkable. Thanks Presario.
Lubiere (10873) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 20, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Reddish brown ale with little moka head. Fairly fruity aroma with lots of grape qualities and nice floral hops. Very sweet, with lots of malts, and a nice hoppy finish, with lots of alcohol warmth, but a bit overpowering in the end. Very good body though, complex. Thanks to the Prez!
Sammy (9350) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 17, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Moderately fruity rich grape yeast aroma and taste. Cream and spice.
A fine example of barleywine and like a fine wine, intense and thoughtful. Aftertaste bit astringent and alcohol burn.