couchand (182) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAR 17, 2008
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Brown to black. Crystal. Some straw head.
Sweet aroma, somewhat weird (shampoo?)
Estery and fusel aroma.
Strong estery flavor, sweet, almost cloying.
Not thick enough for barleywine.
AleDrinker (1089) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JAN 1, 2008
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pours dark brown with no head. Mild carbonation. Aroma is very yeasty with some molasses. Flavor sugary sweet and alcoholic, not a good carbonation. I also pick up some flavors of prunes and yeast. Body is very thick. Tastes almost as if it was underfermented. Not good.
Wulfstan (509) - California, USA - DEC 30, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2008 This is dark brown, a bit hazy, with a medium but nice, dense tan head that lasts a long time and leaves a little decent lacing. The aroma is not very strong but is definitely a barleywine aroma, sweet, caramel malt and hints of alcohol, chocolate and fruit. The taste is on the sweet side as I’d expect, but not very sweet and has a light, pleasant bitterness near the finish. It has elements of caramel, raisins, and wine. At first, the alcohol seems a bit too evident, but then it settles down into a fairly pleasant, tasty drink with some good sharpness. It also goes well with food for the style, developing a light spiciness. However, it is a little bland for barleywine. I like it, it’s easy to drink and tasty, but it is a little lacking in the palate and aroma departments for barleywine.