ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 13, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
8.2% ABV bottle, marked "4FD". Sweet, fruity, grapefruit and heavy caramel nose, some floral and perfume notes; viscous and malty, not particularly hopped in flavor but it has an earthy dryness, though; somewhat complex, with a tingling alcoholic warmth... maybe some sour orange and peach notes in the flavor. yum.
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - FEB 7, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Well, the brothers-in-law scored, How they managed to grab this, hell knows.
Poured rubdy red with little head. Sweet candy like aroma with a hint of alcohol. Flvaor tart and the body and mouth feel wqs thick. Alcohol is there but hidden well.
shadey (1977) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 5, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pour is a ruby red with no head. Very attractive aroma that is sweet and complex. Slow sipping but clean and balanced. Alcohol finish.
cathcacr (642) - Oregon, USA - JAN 31, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Transcribing some long-lost notes from ca. late í02.)
Pretty exotic stuff, but next to Westy 12, the most expensive per ounce Iíve had. I probably didnít get the experience I would with a full 12 oz. bottle. What stood out most in this are a thickness and fruitiness. Tart. Maybe the most viscous liquid Iíve encountered in a beer. Really complex and well-balanced. Maybe some day Iíll shell out the exorbitant [sp?] 6-pack price.
verymerrymonk (413) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 30, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled 2003. Very dark amber body with a few very small patches of bubbles collecting at the top. Sweet, fruity aroma. Very malty flavor, with raisins, subtle hops, and alcohol. Pretty good mouthfeel.
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 29, 2005
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Dark orange leather in color with a head that was doomed from the beginning. Harshly alcoholic nose, yet it does have some appealing qualities, especially its caramel malty sweetness along with hints of red licorice, pancake batter, pit fruit, grapes and citrus fruits. The flavor is malt accented, light bodied and again, harshly alcoholic. I understand the rich history and tradition of this beer, but I have had it several times on draught and in the stubbie little bottles and it just plain sucks. They should consider changing the recipe.
RateandPillage (426) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 28, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a truly ruby red with tannish head that fades quickly. Not murky like some in this style. Aroma heavy with fruit, malt, and alcohol. Flavors of dark fruit, maybe figs or raisins. Somewhat hoppy, but could be more so. Not quite as thick and chewy as some Barleywines, but still an enjoyable brew.
Ingevara (842) - SWEDEN - JAN 28, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
An inviting brown color with creamy but low head. The flavor is sweet and rich, almost syrupy with very little bitterness. Itís clearly a beer for sipping, you donít want to drink too much of it and the ridiculosly small bottle of 207 ml seems quite appropriate.
DocLock (8390) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 25, 2005
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I paid 5 bucks for 7 ounces of this, as the case price was excessive. Clear ruby/copper pour with medium frothy off-white head. Aroma of big dark fruit, hops, cognac, cabernet. Tastes very malty, very hoppy, with fruit and some spice at the finish. Fruity, slightly dry finish. Also, a big oleí salty ester hoppiness arose as it warmed. This one could easily be an IIPA, and it reminds me very much of the Avery big beers. Personally, I think Heavyweight Old Salty tops this one, as does Hog Heaven, Insanity, Blithering idiot, and Stone OG. Still, this one is very good, just not an elite barleywine in my mind.
dberger624 (1028) - Phila, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 22, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at the DBA in NYC. Nice beer. Nice smooth malt flavor with a hint of hops.