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 (3341) - 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 (1747) - 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 (2568) - 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 (1866) - 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.
adrian910ss (2378) - 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 (280) - 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 (1221) - 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 (2676) - 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.