adrian910ss (2268) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 28, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bomber. Pours a murky orange brown color with a medium beige head. Aroma is full of sweet scents such as candied yams,brown sugar and dates. Taste is sweet malty with strong date and yam overtones. Not bad, but lacks that kick that other barleywines have.
Rballs01 (277) - Madison, New Jersey, USA - JAN 23, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Looked nice and smelled pretty good. Kind of dark amber/orange in color. Tasted sweet with a bit too much carbonation for a barleywine. The was a flavor there that I couldnít put my finger on also. Overall, not bad.
Cartoonkhaki (1205) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 22, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
First thing I notice about this is the sweet aroma that is coming of of the Brown coloured liquid in the glass. Very sweet malty aroma. For myself I found it hard to decern certain flavours. There was a fruitiness but what I donít now. Thick palate. I could not find any hint of alcohol in the taste. Only to find out now it was 9%.
Indra (2536) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - JAN 19, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz. bottle. Richly sweet, brown sugary malt aroma, lightly fruity and herbal with lighter notes of cherry, apple, cotton candy and dry leaves, and with a very faint medicinal quality. Deep garnet color, mostly clear, with a slight ring of a head. Flavor is likewise predominantly sweet and fruity, some dried apricot to go with the berryish traits and more toffeeish maltiness, becoming ever more bitter towards the finish, which is also lightly peppery, tart, acidic and spicy, and features a hint of toasty malts very late. Thin, smooth and warming on the palate, perhaps a tad sticky, with a fittingly full body. Enjoyable, but lacking that certain refinement that might help to make it truly good.
AlchemistZ (493) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - JAN 18, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: OCT 28, 2011 Very dark red in color, not quite as dark as the Big Dickís, with a voluminous, orangey-tan head. Aroma is densely caramel-like but not necessarily sweet or intense. Flavor is much like the aroma. It is not very complex, but it is rich and satisfying, and very well balanced.
ross (2008) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - JAN 17, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2006 bottle from Steve. Thanks! Pours out a dark very clear reddish color with a tan head. Smell is dominated by fruits and some slight hop flavors. Some cherry notes and dark fruits come through as it warms a little bit. No detection of alcohol in the nose. Taste is sweet and fruity with a little bit of a hop presence just enough to give it a bitter flavor. Great stuff really, very drinkable, probably a permanent beer on my want list now. Thanks Steve.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 16, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hazed murky crimson hue, slim white head.
Sweetness in the nose, dark fruits aplenty, rich and redolent with many types of decadence. Ripe plums, apples, grape, very plump in flavor, even on just sniffing...Iím liking this smell, though...
Taste: mmm, big, bursting dark fruit flavors, juicy berry and cherry, dripping wet, very vibrant, some plum and lavender still at large. Rich burgundy feel. Very lively in the mouth, quite a precocious brew, to revive a maligned wine term.
Much better than the Olde Ale I had from them the other night (thanks again, trbeer!) Ripe flavor from the malt, some kick from hops, and alcohol slowly steps in...nice, a well-rounded barleywine.
Aracadia once again makes a beer I can like, but wonít necessarily go crazy for...and I do like my nicely roasted, very hoppy, and bursting with fruitiness barleywines. Mmm-mmm-mmm-mm-mmm...
btw, the name is too cute, and the label art interesting..hmmm, the spoon as weapon, gotcha...scratched out Fruit Loops, very funny...but I have to say, it reeks as trying too hard. Maybe too mu
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 13, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22oz bomber. Dark ruby red with a filtered body and spiraling white head. Cola caramel malt aromas. Also aromas of tart red fruits. Full bodied with a sweet malt flavor. Nice noticeable burn. Sticky long sweet candy finish. Red berry notes, like raspberries and strawberries. Vanilla and caramel. Nice flavor. Nice and full. Long and lingering finish. Notes of pruney cola and dried fruits. Very well done!
Doon (109) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JAN 12, 2007
3.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Found at local liqour store $6.99 for a 22oz. It pours a rich reddish brown and has a nice fruity aroma. The smell is REALLY nice for a beer. It didnít taste like a normal barley wine, but more like a cross between an IPA and a dark malty ale...The alcohol is well masked until the aftertaste which makes it easy to down this brew quickly! Not the best, but definately worth a try!
brentfeesh (1206) - Gadsden, Alabama, USA - JAN 11, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Enjoyed on my birthday. 22 oz bottle. Pours dark amber, very clear, with light carbonation and a wispy head. The aroma is thin but has figs, candy, caramel and alcohol. The flavor has caramel with hints of chocolate and is lightly sweet. Good level of hops with bitter pine and citrus. Well balanced but to the malty side. Medium body with an enjoyable mouth feel. Certainly drinkable but Iíve enjoyed others more.