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 (845) - 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. It’s clearly a beer for sipping, you don’t want to drink too much of it and the ridiculosly small bottle of 207 ml seems quite appropriate.
DocLock (8497) - 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 ole’ 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.
Zeswaft (1455) - Charleston, South Carolina, USA - JAN 21, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Even though it was very good it is the probably the least good barley wine i’ve had. Has an unfortunate sweet syrupy taste. It comes in mini bottles which is a rip off for $12 a six pack. Probably won’t buy again.
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - JAN 13, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 13, 2005 Slight chill haze. Amber colord with zero head. Strong fruit and caramel aroma, some pear, malt and alcohol too. I get some vitamin flavor with the caramel. Quite light in body for a barley wine.
Some apple note in the flavor with a small hop presence. Definately an English style barley wine. I have had this on draught and been far more impressed.
Nate (3806) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 8, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Light aroma, mild fruity notes. Malt has caramel molasses notes, but subdued. Mild hops. Caramel-red clear, with thin lacing head. Medium-heavy watery body with medium carbonation. Nice malty taste, with caramel and anise. Medium dry hoppy finish and after. Good balance between malt and dryness. Not as deep and complex as others, but quite tasty.
LiamPatrick16 (124) - Montgomery, New York, USA - JAN 3, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Medium tan head. Amber copper body thick body light friut and alcohol scent minimal lacing tasted blend together. wiskey taste at first nice fruits and smooth finish
obisbeer (565) - Barcelona, SPAIN - JAN 2, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice golden carmel color with light foamy head. Malty nose of burnt vanilla, nuts, carmel, and a slight note of alcohol. Heavey in the mouth with a richness that starts sweet and slowly drys out on the finish. Rich carmel and cough syrup quality which feels like it could really develop with time. Dense and layered, though a bit wound up showing fruit only as a background noise crying to be heard. The finish does warm with alcohol, but all in all I like!
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 28, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Strongly maltet nose with some nuts and alcohol. Reddish body with a smal beige head. Malty taste with some caramel, nuts and canesugar. Palate is like syrup.