beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - OCT 27, 2005
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2006 12 oz bottle from Armanetti’s, Mundelein, IL. ABV 8.8%. Clear red amber hued ale having a large creamy off-white head with good lacing. Intoxicating spicy aroma with swirls of toffee, fruity esters (grape?), and roasted malt flavors. Soft carbonation. Full bodied ale that starts with a complex smooth creamy sweet malty flavor with hints of toffee and banana, prune/raisin and finishes sweet with lingering moderate bitterness. Some warming alcoholic effect. A great barley wine ale with giant flavor that is best enjoyed alone as a night cap or after a meal. Thanks Anchor for the wonderful barley wine. UPDATE :(01.22.06) On tap that Firkin, Libertyville, IL. Clear brown hued ale having a giant long lasting head with good lacing. No discernable carbonation. Light sweet caramel malt aromas. Full bodied barleywine that starts with light malt sweetness with caramel/raisen, flavors. Some light bitterness in the middle. Finishes with light hop bitterness and sweet malt aftertaste. Smooth, rich, and flavorful. I was pleasantly surprised to see this particular barleywine on tap. I found it as good as the bottled version so my rating will not change.
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - OCT 25, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a clear, deep dark red with a thick off-white head that fades to a nice cover. Aroma is a wonderful blend of piney, citrusy hops and an enormous malt presence, caramel and toffee. Flavor is sweet but not overly so, lots of caramel and toffee, plums and oranges, bitterness of the hops comes in at the end. Short, warming finish, alcohol is well hidden, light-body for a barley wine. The almost nonexistance of carbonation makes me think that I’m drinking a wine and not a beer. Wonderfully done.
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 (5912) - 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.