lamas (1457) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 2, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
7 oz. bottle. Bottled on: 08/17/04. A light ruby pour with a thin khaki head. Aroma is full of plums, alcohol and caramel maltiness along with some hints of citrusy hops. This is velvety smooth and very full-bodied. Quite syrupy. A distinct oakiness. Not overly warming and full of alcohol, which is a surprise at 8.8% ABV. Toasty, sweet malts dominate with a good bitter hop finish. Plenty of plums and caramel are present in the taste along with some licorice and cherries. I’d like to try much more than just 7 oz. of this stuff. A great sipping beer.
RaginCajun (320) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUN 2, 2005
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is the smoothest tasting barleywine I have had to date. Most other barleywines are rather harsh in their delivery and do not mask the alcohol very well. In this 10% beer, I could not taste the alcohol at all! The citrus flavor was also an added bonus. Very good beer, I recommend this to anyone who enjoys a strong beer.
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 31, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear sparkling ruby, thin creamy light tan head. Nose held soft notes of citric and piney hops, brown sugar, and caramel, with lighter textured tones of fruity cognac. Flavor up front was sugary citrus hops, lightly toasted pineapple, with more caramel maltiness late. Medium bodied, light carbonation, light alcoholic, sugared hoppy finish. Just doesn’t stand up well to all the great BW’s out there now. Age would probably do wonders to this, but overall, I’m really disappointed...
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - MAY 30, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz - 5J7 - Aroma is slight and timid, hops, carmel, and a bit of cherry. Ruby red color with no head or lacing. Flavor is also small for a barleywine. Licorice, carmel, cherry, and hops are there but not as much as I expected. Palate is sticky and tart grasping at the back of my throat for one last taste. I’m not sure, but I think a little age would do this beer justice.
Bockyhorsey (2610) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAY 30, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cherry licorice aroma. Ruby red color with small head that was gone quickly. Has a wine flavor to it not really beer. Rich and sweet flavors make it smooth on the palate. Decent.
civforprez (229) - Galesburg, Illinois, USA - MAY 30, 2005
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Thanks to heemer77 for this one. As far as barleywines go, this beer was not very intense. Alcohol was noticeable, and no flavors were really that strong.
temporrari (389) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAY 28, 2005
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAY 30, 2005 12 oz bottle. I don’t have much to say about this beer. It’s kind of boring. Sweet and malty, nothing special here. I don’t think it was very complex. Perhaps age would do it good, but I don’t know how. Disappointed.
henry3r (586) - Wichita, Kansas, USA - MAY 26, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The small 7 ounce bottle poured a clear, ruby red amber beverage with an off-white creamy head that lasted nicely leaving thick lacing on the glass. The nose was dominated by dried fruit and caramel with notes of floral hops in the background. Mouthfeel was smooth and syrupy. The flavor was quite sweet tasting of dried plums and caramel. There were some hop notes present but little to no bitterness. The flavor was intense and very long lasting leaving with a nice alcohol warmth.
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - MAY 23, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
7 oz bottle 3JW date which means January 23, 2003. Over 2 year old and stll great.. Pours ruby red with a light offwhite head and many many floaties dancing around in it. Aroma is sweet malts and warm fruits. Flavor is sweet yet mellow malts some brown sugar and honey nothing is sharp to this one . Very smooth on the palate sweet yet not cloying. Warming and oh so comforting. The only drawback to this one is that there is only 7 ounces. Tasty indeed...
Gachupines (1091) - USA - MAY 23, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Ruby appearance with a foamy head which doesn’t quite linger throughout. Taste is mild for a barley wine. Some hop presence makes it crisp, but pleasant. Overall, a smooth example of a barley wine and the alcohol is hidden quite well. Not my favorite of the style, but I could see myself buying this again.