boto (1965) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - DEC 14, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
7 oz. bottle: This one pours a hazy amber color. The head was about non-existent, with just some lingering bubles around the edges. Caramel, dark fruits and maybe a hint of smokiness to the nose. A silky taste to it, sweet, matly, with hints of the fruits. Maybe a hint of alcohol. The sweetness lingers. Very nice!
nigos (631) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - DEC 13, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark cola like hue with a thin light brown head. Toffee and liquorice nose with a strong fruity kick. Cognac like taste with toasted malt and dark fruits. Sweet and sappy on the palate with a long fruity after taste. A fantastic barley wine.
TheBeerCollector (633) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 9, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A very good barley wine. Too bad it’s in such a small bottle. Rich, complex, warming and smooth. This beer is a great example of the style.
meathookjones (245) - Sterling, Virginia, USA - DEC 7, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This was from this year’s teaser size 7oz bottle. This poured out a dark mahogany color with a quickly fleeting light tan head. After the head was down to a few random bubbles coating the top no significant lace was present during its consumption. The aroma is of a slightly sweet fruity malt nature with a bit of alcohol emerging after warming. Sweet fruity malt is the main component of the taste with dark fruits showing and a slight earthy tone as well. There is enough hop inhere to give it a good balance and keep this from being an overly sweet barley wine. A full and creamy mouthfeel is what you’ll get with this as the warm coating fruity covers with every sip. Fairly drinkable with a not so strong alcohol presence and a pleasant taste. Overall a good barely wine but it could defiantly be more complex and flavorful bringing it to a great barely wine.
beastdog75 (363) - Brick, New Jersey, USA - DEC 6, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a caramel/amber color and surprisingly a decent head for a higher alcohol brew. Big malts here, along with some lemony hops. Alcohol flavor is present as well but not overpowering. Good barleywine, maybe a bit one-dimensional though.
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 I’m not sure it’s worth the money. I paid about $15 for a 6 pack and thought it wasn’t so bad until I got home and noticed that the bottle is 7oz. Bleh.
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 don’t think I’d pay 3.99 for such a tiny bottle again.
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.
Sammy (9692) - 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,