zebracakes (1339) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 18, 2007
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
At the 2nd Annual Hell With The Lid Off Barley Wine Festival at Kellyís Bar in East Liberty, Pittsburgh. Hazy orange ruby, thin off white head. Aroma is cheap whiskey, socks. Flavor is watered down cheap whiskey, malt.
demitriustown (1012) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - FEB 14, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber: 2006 vintage. Aroma is some fruity hop characteristics, decent malt texture, plums, and a bit of caramel. Appearance is a cloudy reddish/brown with a medium sized tan head that lasts. Flavor is nice plum and malt textures, some of the fruitiness from the hops, and still a little bit of the caramel. Palate is bubbly, quite carbonated and slightly sweet. Overall, A decent beer, but not one of the better Barley wineís that Iíve tried.
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 13, 2007
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
diss22oz bottle. Poured into a large snifter. Dark brown topped with a thin tan head. Sweet toasted malty aroma with a bit of molasses. Flavor is sweet up front, then an odd, medicinal/herbal taste enters the fold. These flavors dissipate, giving way to a sweet burnt brown sugar flavor. Not a fan.
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 11, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is a good is a good beer very lite for a Barley Wine. Malty, plum, and dark fruit flavors. Clean, crisp, and lite tart finish.
imanerd (37) - Novi, Michigan, USA - FEB 4, 2007
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Lacking substance. What exactly qualifies this to be a barley wine, iím not sure, but it wasnít worth my time. In fact, i tried it twice, just to make sure. The second time, the same thing. Has interesting notes of rich fruit, and plenty of malt sugar left over. With a bigger hop profile it would be worthy of aging and trying again, but it is lacking where it counts.
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - FEB 2, 2007
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 7/20
Deep red-brown. Nose harsh, some overdone alcohol, sugars, fruitiness, and burnt sugar. Flavor is of grains rotting in soap, overripe fruit, and booze. Some of that dark fruit figginess to it, but itís just not that great. Itís not good when itís particularly cold and it seems to go downhill considerably as it warms. Drainpour.
1FastSTi (3233) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 30, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
2006 vintage per Dave. The beer pours to a matte finished mahogany body. A nice tan/caramel colored head sits on top. It dissipates rather quickly but leaves a wet, spotty lacing on the glass. The aroma is grainy with a touch of watermelon. The flavor is grainy and has notes of toffee. Creamy palate. Kind of a strange barley wine.
DavidP (1745) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 30, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
í06 bottle. Clear dark brown body under a small tan head. Fruity, round caramel aroma. The flavor has a fruity apple/peach malt with husky astringency surrounding it. Lasting sweet finish with golden raisins evident. Good mouthfeel. A solid barleywine - good flavors but it doesnít stand out from the crowd.
MIBRomeo (2460) - Wisconsin, USA - JAN 30, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
deep mahogony color w/ a tall tan head and some soapy alcing as well as touches of slow rising carbonation. Very hopy aroma tons of pine overwhelmed my nose some hints of a grainy alcohol and a touch of dk fruit. Wierd palate more carbonated than I expected some decent coating. The flavor also was a bit unexpected the alcohol from the aroma is still there but the pineyness is mostly gone. It still finishes dry and crips w/ a touch of pine but most of the taste is made up of hints of brown sugar, butter, plums, & dates. Definatelly a different BW but Iíd drink it again.
tjthresh (1863) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - JAN 29, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 ounce bottle. Pours a nice garnet/burgandy/brown color with a two tone khaki head. Aromas of butter rum Life Savers, cooked brown sugar, piney hops, and cherry pie filling. The flavor attacks you with woody hops. Fair amounts of caramel. Lots of bitterness, and alcohol burn. Another nice beer from MI.