PeterLikesBeer (104) - Berwyn Heights, Maryland, USA - OCT 25, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark amber color with an off white head. Aroma has hops at first but there is definitly the aroma of malt, some caramel and toffee. The aroma is very crisp and refreshing. Flavor is very malty, almost no hops as the aroma would have suggested. There is some sweetness and a nice coating of the mouth. A very good bareley wine!
kramer (5763) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 21, 2005
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Rating #100!! 12 oz bottle, Vintage 2005 I believe. Pours a dark ruby with a small but very creamy head antique white in color. Aroma of syrupy malt, hop bitterness, fruit, alcohol, caramel, and a trace of woodiness. Flavor is mainly fruity, with ample malt, and to a lesser extent some caramel. Not very bitter, more of an English feel to it versus many of the other west coast Barley Wines. Hints of tobacco, and again some woodiness for some reason. Good lasting finish dominated by syrupy and sweet malt at first then cut through by hoppiness. Mouthfeel is perfect, very soft carbonation, nice mouthcoating full bodied feel without being cloying. Alcohol really only present to a small degree in the far end of the finish. This is just a well crafted beer, showing why this is an American Classic.
BrewDad (5328) - Olympia, Washington, USA - OCT 20, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Taster at BJCP Class) Strong malty nose with a very strong hops presence. There was a hint of grapefruit in the nose also and also in the taste. Good fruity esters in the beer also. Deep dark reddish brown color good balance between the hops and malt. Strong aftertaste malty at the end. Intresting flavor good for a hearty meal drinking beer.
BeerBaronLS (85) - Grove City, Ohio, USA - OCT 16, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Had this a few times from the tap. It was one of my first barley wines and made my realize how good the style can be. At around 10% alcohol, its present in the bite of the mouth but well hidden in the taste. Very smooth and plesant.
Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - OCT 12, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Most recent vintage, although I wish I had an aged one to sample. Label reads 10% ABV. I prefer my barleywines on the malty side, and this fits the bill nicely. Some balance the hops with malt, I prefer the other approach. Brown sugar meets oak and nutmeg. I’m surprised this didn’t see anytime with oak chips, as the note is so striking to me. A wonderful taste treat, and the beer that first got me into craft beer years ago.
jon112981 (327) - Bristow, Virginia, USA - OCT 10, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. A beautiful bown color with a lace white head. Sweet malty smell. Very sweet taste of fruit and malt. Barely noticible alcohol taste. This is a
beer to savor.
Pernille (518) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 9, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brewers across the world should produce more barley wine! This one is very nice. Full rich aroma and a heavy mouthfeel. Very steady head.
RedHaze (371) - Where the hell am I?, Nebraska, USA - OCT 7, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 21, 2007 Pours a dark amber color with almost not head and very little lacing.
Smells of apples, plums, brown sugar and spices(cinnamon?), and just a little bit of alcohol.
Taste is fruity, with the brown sugar sweetness coming through followed by a nice hop bitterness to offset the sweet. Finished with just a little alcohol bite to it. Started off a rough around the edges, but really smoothed out as it warmed up. Overall I really liked this version of a barleywine. I like sipping beers, and this is definitely a sipper.
jefcon (1604) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - OCT 5, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Ruby, clear, and winelike in the glass. Aromas are of the barleywine profile, with some caramel and nuttiness standing out. Palate is amazing -- smooth and supple, with a slight sweet finish. Lots of earthiness on the malts, which hide the alcohol very well. Flavors are a little plummy and sweet, with a caramel, woodsy prfile. Nice and delicate.
Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - OCT 4, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2005 On draught. Tasted during trip to California. Light brown colour with a nice head. Malty and winery nose. Great taste of malt and some complexity, sweetness that ends up with a warm feeling. Little to light and malty for a traditionel barley wine.