TheBeerCollector (633) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 9, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A very good barley wine. Too bad itís in such a small bottle. Rich, complex, warming and smooth. This beer is a great example of the style.
meathookjones (245) - Sterling, Virginia, USA - DEC 7, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This was from this yearís teaser size 7oz bottle. This poured out a dark mahogany color with a quickly fleeting light tan head. After the head was down to a few random bubbles coating the top no significant lace was present during its consumption. The aroma is of a slightly sweet fruity malt nature with a bit of alcohol emerging after warming. Sweet fruity malt is the main component of the taste with dark fruits showing and a slight earthy tone as well. There is enough hop inhere to give it a good balance and keep this from being an overly sweet barley wine. A full and creamy mouthfeel is what youíll get with this as the warm coating fruity covers with every sip. Fairly drinkable with a not so strong alcohol presence and a pleasant taste. Overall a good barely wine but it could defiantly be more complex and flavorful bringing it to a great barely wine.
beastdog75 (363) - Brick, New Jersey, USA - DEC 6, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a caramel/amber color and surprisingly a decent head for a higher alcohol brew. Big malts here, along with some lemony hops. Alcohol flavor is present as well but not overpowering. Good barleywine, maybe a bit one-dimensional though.
jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - DEC 5, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 21, 2005 Pours deep red with a smallish white head. The malt, alcohol, and hops are all present in the aroma in a very well-balanced way. Taste is sweet at first, then comes the alcohol, which transitions to a slight hop bitterness very nicely. Good stuff.
Rerate, 7/21/5: Strange flavor that I sometimes get from my extract homebrews. Not as good as I remember.
billb (244) - Kennesaw, Georgia, USA - DEC 4, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
A warm and sweet smell with just a tinge of hopiness in the aroma. Also a slight hint of caramel, apple and alcohol. Appearance is nothing terribly interesting. Dark copper in color with a slight persistent head. Sweet and quite appley up front, with a hoppy and dry finish that does not linger compared to other barleywines. Very easy on the palate with low carbonation and a chewy mouthfeel. A pretty interesting beer all in all, but Iím not sure itís worth the money. I paid about $15 for a 6 pack and thought it wasnít so bad until I got home and noticed that the bottle is 7oz. Bleh.
IMtheOptimator (1162) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - DEC 4, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a beautiful copper with a small white head that left a film on the beer. Aroma is sweet and creamy with a fruit character. Taste is spicy and sweet with some caramel notes, smoothing out to a pleasant dry finish. Alcohol is warming but does little to affect the taste. Delicious, though I donít think Iíd pay 3.99 for such a tiny bottle again.
Lizabeth (360) - east falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 30, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark copper with a pale orange head that fades fast and leaves some vertical lacing.
Nose: Vanilla, peaches, cream, cherries, butterscotch and toffee.
Taste: Caramel, brown sugar, toffee, raisons, vanilla and black cherries.
Very full bodied and sweet. The alcohol is well hidden. A nice one.
Sammy (9280) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 28, 2004
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Thanks for supplying my wish, Lubiere. She looks like a barleywine, and smells like one (with extra alcohol punch). But it tastes like toothpaste. It is dry and on the thinner side,
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - NOV 27, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 22, 2005 Current rating is of a 99í bottle from Footbalm in trade. Batch #9od. Aged very well. Was like pouring straight syrup. Same flavor and aroma just very smooth and mellow. Canít wait ítil my BWís have a few years on them.
Original bottle courtesy of Wohlfs. Rating 3.9-Pours amber. Roasted malt/ caramel aroma. Very well balanced. Alot of flavor. Caramel/brown sugar/syrup. Has a liitle hop bite at the end. Very good winter time sipper.
JorisPPattyn (8248) - Ursel, BELGIUM - NOV 19, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Red to dark foxy ale; just a slim amber rim. Chocolate, toffee dressing or treacle aroma, truckload of piney hops, vinous. First taste impression is of hop oil, then the treacle seeps trough, but refined, as laced with some top rum or brandy. Some fruit, and sweet as dried cherries or plums. Again piney, cedary flavours. Full syrupy, oily and viscous mouthfeel, some burning alcohol. Very good balance despite the American hops blast, quite balanced with loads of malt underneath. Yet - no rocketlike ABVís and that contributes to the balance too.