monty (39) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 30, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, aged 3+ yrs, iirc. No pressure upon opening, and no head, even w/ an incautious pour.
Deep rusty brown, like Florida cypress water. Just a hint browner than some Pinot Noirs.
Smells sweet, but not as hoppy as I’d expect; caramel, red wine, and pepper.
Caramel is definitely the foremost flavor. An odd flavor in here – maybe grass or something herbal. Not bad, but unexpected for something this big. What really stands out the most is the lack of hops. They’re there, but not at all like a Horizontal or Numbskull. And it sure doesn’t hit you like it’s weighing in at 10%.
Maybe this is the mellow grandfather of barleywines, giving us a glimpse of what they used to be like back in the 70s, before they were all amped up. If there could ever be a barleywine session ale, this would be it…
Schioth (41) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 27, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Great aroma and beatiful appearance. Fantastic flavor with lots of hops. Also very good and smooth mouthfeel. Overall very recommendable.
guzzler67 (1563) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - APR 26, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep, clear copper color. Sweet malty nose with a hint of caramel. Sweetness up front; dark fruit, brown sugar, toffee. Not cloying, though. Lively carbonation. Medium-to-full bodied. Modest complexity. Dry, somewhat bitter finish.
Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 18, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The first time I tried this was on tap--excellent. Surprisingly sweet, however, but not detractably so. Good hops flavors and aromas--compare to Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Ale but less bitter and more sweet. Hides the alcohol amazingly well--perhaps a little too well. Great beer.
mybrainhurts (375) - North Dakota, USA - APR 18, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bright amber pour with a soft tan head. Malty, earthy, somewhat candy sweet alcoholic nose. Bready, caramel sweet, lightly toasted flavors. Not as full in the mouth as I would have liked. Overall, not bad but there are better BW’s to sample.
smoosh (536) - New Albany, Indiana, USA - APR 17, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft - beautiful appearance. Looks like a barleywine should! As the Commercial Description says, ruby red with little carbonation. A smallish beige head. Malty aroma. This was this year’s vinatage - and it is surprisingly sweet. Very few hops. Good, but for my taste, not as good as rated here.
kms399 (267) - plymouth, Minnesota, USA - APR 14, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAY 6, 2005 deep red with no head. taste is caramel and slight hops kind of sweet. very smooth almoast creamy at first then slight dryness. very very good.
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - APR 12, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap. Dark amber color with a small off white head. Sweet malt aroma with lots of caramel and dark fruits. Flavor was pretty much the same as the aroma. Probably shouldn’t have bought a pint of this, it was just too sweet by the end. First 8 or 9 ounces were terriffic but then it started to get a bit cloying. That was my fault though, I should have sticked with a smaller sized sample.
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - APR 12, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 14, 2005 Bottle: Appears to be an older 7 ounce bottle. Pours golden amber with a nice off white head. The head lacks creaminess in my opinion. Nice fruity aroma mixed with whisky and wine and malts. Taste adds bubble gum and toffee with a hint of butterscotch. Very good Barley Wine.
DrunkenWeasel (224) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 9, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours golden amber with a thick offwhite head. Smells like a sweet candy such an non-bber smell, very nice though. Tastes so sweet no alcohol taste just sweet barley and malt taste aftertaste is very short and simplistic, but alright. A simple beer, that is very nice for the simplicity.