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 (1633) - 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.
tennisjoel (1343) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - OCT 2, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Reddish-Brown clear color. Almost no head. Caramel aroma. Taste is of spices. The finish has a slight bite and alcohol taste. Maybe a bit of brandy flavor as well. A little sweet but otherwise a decent offering.
notwoohoo (109) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 29, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Dark red tint that glowed in the light, quite nice looking if I should say so myself. Huge thick mouthfeel, lowish carbonation. Absolutely great malty taste with spices (white pepper?), burnt sugar. A hint of the alcohol level in the finish. I would definately do this one again (and again).