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 (1647) - 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.
Crash (532) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - FEB 1, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Redish color with good head and lacing. Smelled of malts and something else I couldnít pick out.
beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 31, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at the Extreme Beer Fest. Pours a coppery color. Aroma of butterscotch and strong hops. Flavor of strong. bitter, resinous hops with mild caramel and a strong bitter finish. Medium body, liquorous texture. This feels more like an Imperial IPA than a barley wine.
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - JAN 31, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz - Aroma of a hops and malt with a bit of alcohol. Brownish red with a small off-white head and minimal lacing. Head disapprears quickly. This is a very hoppy barleywine and could almost be an imperial IPA. Smooth but the alcohol taste in unnecessary as other companies have proven.
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - JAN 30, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 26, 2006 Pours a beautiful red color with nice lacing. The aroma is very promising with malts, fruits, caramel, wine and brandy. The taste is good, but too bitter for my taste. Itís nice but a little too intense in terms of the alcohol. The alcohol is not that high that is why this should not be the case. It tastes more like a hard liquor drink then a beer. Perhaps as it ages it could become less that way. A good Barley Wine, but not a great one in my opinion.
giarcsr (104) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 25, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Good Barley Wine, nice flavor and aroma, the only thing against it that I can think of is that it has a apperance like a pale ale, but thatís a minor worthless gripe that really has no affect on the overall quality of the beer. A nice smooth barley wine thatís very drinkable.
RateandPillage (426) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 22, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours cloudy orange-red with a tannish-orange head. Aroma of hops and malt. Flavors of malt and hops, but not as complex as some other barleywines. A little dry and thin in the flavor. Still a very good beer.