verymerrymonk (413) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 28, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a clear, deep amber with a small tan head. Aroma is sweet with caramel, with a bit of hops in the background. Upon tasting, though, the hops really punch their way through. Flavor is briefly sweet with fruits and syrup followed by an extended bitterness and a dry finish. Alcohol is a bit overpowering as this nears room temp, but that is my fault for not drinking fast enough. Very enjoyable brew.
jackamackson (127) - USA - FEB 27, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
nice dark clear amber, with an off white head. hoppy aroma, with sweet malts and alcohol in there too. taste is caramely, quite bitter, and you notice the alcohol in the finish. very good. mouthfeel is about avg for a barleywine.
FlacoAlto (4100) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - FEB 26, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a brilliantly clear, amber color that shows a beautiful copper hue when held up to the light. It is topped by a frothy cream to tan colored head that has been generated by the low level of carbonation in this beer. The aroma is thick and concentrated with aromas of candied citrus fruits, alcohol, strawberries, and lightly toasted biscuits. This beer has a light sweet with definite notes of caramel and citrus. It is fairly light on the palate, especially for a Barlywine. This beer has a fair amount of hoppy bitterness in the finish as well as a bit of astringent earthy woody hops. This is not quite as explosively hoppy as I was hopping and the alcohol is a bit too hot and evident in the finish. There is a fair amount of malt presence here, the sweet caramel malt notes help to accentuate the citrus hop notes. In the end though, I am once again a bit disappointed in another Avery big beer.
johnyvt (158) - West Hollywood, California, USA - FEB 23, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma is caramel, hops, and alcohol. Taste is very sweet and I think the alcohol burn dominates over an intended hop bitterness. Robust malt and a lingering citrus flavor. Alcohol can really be felt in the stomach after only a little amount. Despite this, itís not the strongest tasting barley wine Iíve ever had...taste is sort of weak for the style. Relatively light mouthfeel. I expected more of a IIPA or hophead flavor, but donít feel that it delivers hugely on this level either. Tastes much smoother and pleasing as it warms.
kane (111) - USA - FEB 12, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
nice garnet color with a smallish white head. a semi-sweet citrus hop aroma. striking bitterness is the first reaction upon tasting that gives way to a mellow, tangy sweetness. lngering sourness that turns sweet. enjoyable and memorable.
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - FEB 12, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
For a young barleywine this thing is amazing, very balanced and smooth. Out of the bottle this pours a dark red/mahogany with a tall off-white head. Lots of caramel and sweet toasty malts and candy sugar balanced out with a big citrus hop finish. Very smooth and well rounded for a fresh barleywine.
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 10, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours an enormous rocky foam head, dark copper brown color. Aroma permeates through the entire room, hop vines sprouting forth from the bottle yielding brown sugar coated fermenting grapefruits. With each sip more and more pine tar hop extract coats the tongue, completmented by brown bread and heavy candy sugar. Bitter and sweet; a tough beer.
guzzler67 (1615) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - FEB 6, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bright copper appearance with a small white head. Had this side by side with 4 other barleywines at a recent beer tasting and it was the hoppiest of the lot, both in the nose and in the finish. Malts were a little more evident in the front and sides of the mouth. ABV was not out of bounds for the style and helped round out the flavor.
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - FEB 3, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours copper-red with a moderate amount of light tan head. A huge amount of hop aroma. Mostly grapefruit/citrus, with some flowery, piney hints. Little bit of sweet maltiness. Palate is full and soft, with a nice clingy bitterness. Very nice assertive hoppiness, with sweet maltiness creeping in at the end of a sip. This is a wonderful beer, but calling it a barleywine seems like a pretty big stretch to me.
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - FEB 1, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a nice amber red color, medium and very sticky tan head that left tons of lace. Piney and grapefruity aroma, some apricot, surprisingly enough sweet malt to backup the vast amounts of hops used. Tasty, fairly well balanced all things considered, bitter finish. Medium to full body, enough sweetness to cover up the alcohol pretty well. Thanks rudolf.