TipsyMcStager (1139) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 8, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice aroma of hops, also piney fruit aromas. Pours a reddish-brown, carbonated, with a thin head. Flavour is very sweet, heavy on fruit. Strong alcohol presence. Not something youíd like to drink a six pack of. Solid for the style though.
harvey (40) - Milano, ITALY - AUG 4, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown, with ruby shines and a thin head. Good balalance between sweet maltiness and bitterness. Nice fresh hoppy flavours. Very pleasant.
JoeMcPhee (9169) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 3, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle. Dark ruby-brown beer with a thick yellowish head. Gorgeous hop aroma, citrus, pine, and a touch of earthiness. Some cookie dough and biscuity malts appear as well, but donít dominate like in many barley wines. Flavour is very well balanced, sweet caramel and biscuit malt, some cherry flavour as well. Finishes differently with each mouthfull, sometimes sweet and sticky, sometimes resiny and hoppy. Light fruitiness and honey in the finish as well. Amazingly easy to drink.
SSSteve (4006) - - JUL 24, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
malty with light hops in aroma. red in color with thin bubbly head. fruity alchol flavor but less noticeable than bigfoot. very sweet and sticky.
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 8, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Murky red brown, with a film of off-white head. Alcohol, malt, and some fruit esters in the aroma. Syrupy malt flavors with a currant like fruit profile, particularly noticable in the finish. Mouthfeel is sticky, but not particularly chewy.
kxkeller (32) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 6, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Ruby with disappearing, beige head. Roasty, caramelly and piny nose. Starts off very sweet and alcholic, but is balanced nicely by the hop bitterness. A classic American barley wine.
Smoke3Smokes (72) - Boone, North Carolina, USA - JUN 30, 2005
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Damn Boy! This beer will get you drunker than hell. I could turn it up and drink it all in one sip. It is uber good. Yummy!
ABUSEDGOAT (2489) - California, USA - JUN 28, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a tiny head into my snifter even with a belligerent pour. Aroma is strong fruity - cherrylike. Tastes raisoney. Whereís all the alcohol? Itís smooth for 10%. Itís pretty good, but I donít think the pricetag is justified. The indivual bottle was $3 and was only 7 oz. A 6 pack of mini bottles was $15. Címon! If Iím gonna pay something retarded give me a Rochefortís 10.
LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - JUN 26, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
pretty damn impressive for a barleywine. aroma is very sweet, almost syrupy sweet. skoal, cherry, and cream cheese on the arooma (thanks to stewardofgoondor for helpin me place that aroma). the flavor was lots of raisins and prunes. dark fruits and some sour black cherries. black licorice on the end.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 18, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 30, 2006 Bottle, June 2005 and tap, January 2006.
The bottled version was much more ripe and boisterous Ė a definite calculated sipper. On tap, it was absolutely heavenly and I arrived at the end of the snifter much too quickly. But, by comparing notes, all the flavor traits and other descriptors fit both dispensers well. Hence, a minor tweaked review for a really damn good barleywine...Hazy, dirty scarlet amber in color with a rather creamy and frothy white head. Aroma is strawberry cream cheese on a warm croissant, nectar, saffron and juniper berries. Some touches of sweet aromatic hops. Sweet and tart flavor. Some cedar comes through. Resinous, mild tobacco, sherry and freshly squeezed sour red grapes. Percussive and full bodied while being both dry and bitter. Caramel backing to a stinging, lifting hops presence that are at constant merriment with each other. Finishes like an old, dried out cherry flavored cigar and a mild bitter resonance. Lovely.