cathcacr (646) - Oregon, USA - FEB 21, 2007
4.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Wow. You look up "elixir" in the dictionary just to see if this is in there, and youíll find that your dictionaries today are outdated already. This Barley Wine is smooth, not bitingly bitter, balanced, uber-drinkable, rare for something so big and alcoholy. These hop-types and malt-combos work insanely well in this one. Oh my dear, DocLock only gave this a 3.5? Címon, Doc! Címon, RateBeer raters, stop following the crowd! Where am I supposed to knock this down in score? Canít knock the apppearance, of course. You could theoretically knock its flavor for not being "intense like a Barley Wine should be," but it doesnít have to be intense to be good. (What, itís not "done to style" so youíre going to punish it even though itís excellent?) I canít knock the velvety palate. Itís got hop/malt complexity going on. The 9% ABV is insanely well-hidden. So what does it leave us to knock? When drinkability is this insane, you donít knock it. Case closed.
Proud to be the lone maverick way-out-there high-rater on this one so far. They will come around on this one. Or else.
Hell, Iím even bumping this up mid-rating from 4.5 to 4.6, and pray I donít alter it further.
hopdog (10910) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 21, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap. Poured a deeper reddish / orange color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of caramel, fruity, oranges, citrus and some dark fruits. Tastes of caramel, citrus, fruity, and toffee. Light alcohol finish.
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - FEB 21, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at a Caponeís tasting. Pours a deep ruby red with an average off white creamy head. Aroma was fruity, medicinal, sweet malts, some cherry and caramel. Flavor of caramel, toasted malts, sweet malts, toffee and some slight hop bitterness.
DocLock (9348) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 21, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Caponeís. Hazy ruby pour with 1-finger tan head. Aroma of caramel malt, cherry, some oaky bourbony notes, and some earthy peaty notes. Tastes rich, very malty, with a heavy fig and cherry fruit bill, plus some cognac, cabernet, and peppery citrus notes. Gets a bit hot as it warms, and gains a spirity quality like a cognac/cabernet hybrid, as such.
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 (1177) - 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.