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.
Kevin (2155) - New Mexico, USA - NOV 14, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
tap at the saucer in FW. Sweet, Sweet, Sweet and that is just the aroma. redhued body with a dark white sustaining head. wonderfully thicksyrupy flavor of dark fruits without being cloying. there are tastes of polums and brown sugar in here. hop on the finish that keeps this balanced.
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.
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.
IMtheOptimator (1164) - 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.
jasonp (1556) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - NOV 17, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a beautiful clear ruby red with and off-white head. Awesome dark fruit and hoppy aroma. Taste has notes of various dark fruits, molasses/brown sugar, caramel, aged malts and a great dose of hops. Sweet and malty. Medium body with soft but present carbonation -would have preferred it to be a little more thick. Overall, a great barleywine.
JorisPPattyn (8439) - 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.
lachesis (757) - St Idesbald, BELGIUM - NOV 18, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Warm glowing red-amber color with small light-beige colored head. Fine aromaís of black tea with hints of brown rhum, lighty burned malts and cane sugar. In the 2nd fase some vegetal aromaís, soft spices, and touche of fine hops. It has a very smooth mouthfeel with some alcohol roundness. In the taste there are outspoken hints of hops, fresh corriander, touch of PICON = Frensh Bitter Aperitief, and cold black tea. The aftertaste is thick and is dominated by a vegetal bitterness. This is a real bodywarmer with a complex bitter finish.
Thanks Mike alias The Beer God for sending me this one.
Sammy (9553) - 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,