Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 13, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This barley wine pours with a deep ambe/mohagony body topped by a medium thick off white head with tons of lacing. Wow! The hopstake over in this brew. The aroma is sweet and citrusy from the hops with a malty balance. The flavor is slightly sweet but then the hoppy bitterness hits the tongue. A citrus note and a sweet malty balance are hidden behind the hops. Ful bodied, smooth and warming.
eczematic (1306) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - DEC 4, 2003
2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
very very very disgustingly sweet and then suddenly tangy and bitter like toilet cleaner. ugh. ester fruit salad and alcohol taste only add to the sickliness. typical shove-as-many-ingredients-in-as-possible cough syrup.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - DEC 1, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 13, 2004 Pours a decent amber with large eggshell colored head. I thought the 9.2% was masked nicely. Aromas of malt, caramel & dried fruits. The question should be asked, is there a hoppier barleywine around?
adwoan99 (244) - Ft. Worth, Texas, USA - NOV 30, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Whoooee! I wasn't expecting such a hoppy barleywine. Had it last night with the remains of the weekend's lasagna. ...Interesting pair. I get peaches, cherries, and some other non-placeable aromas. Palate is smooth, alcohol is fairly well-hidden, and while noticeable, is not even slightly disagreeable. Definitely has a nice sweet finish - gets sweeter as it warms up.
YogiBeera (2435) - Hamburg, GERMANY - NOV 25, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Chocolate, alcohol and malt nose. Amber red color with a little accomplishing head. Strong alcohol taste, also hoppy. Notes of grapes are coming upfront. Refreshing with a sharp aftertaste - kind of edgy.
pivo (2542) - GERMANY - NOV 25, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Holy moly is this stuff hoppy. Right from the start you get a huge whaft of hops in the nose - like fresh cut flowers. I'm partial to these kinds of beers. The body is thin-ish and quickly turns to a sharp and complex hop character that leaves a lingering bitterness in your mouth for minutes. Zesty and peppery. Reminds me of Bigfoot. Strong alcohol and an insane amount of hops - my kind of beer!
SirTom (88) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 24, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2003 Not as good as I expected. Needs more malt. Hops are a bit strange. Avery did much better with the reverend.
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 23, 2003
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Very upfront in flavour. Raisinbread flavour, pretty sweet, with not enough bitterness or dryness to balance it out. The finish is short and feels empty. Not very hoppy in flavour, for a beer that claims to be highly hopped, well thats just what i thought anyway. Not my bag.
smoosh (534) - New Albany, Indiana, USA - NOV 22, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: nice malt and hops in the aroma. Very pretty beer - deep amber. Minimal head. Delicious! I typically prefer British Barleywines because of the malt. However, this one is fairly hoppy and I really enjoyed it! Very nice and easily the best I've had to date from Avery's.
happy4hops (376) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - NOV 19, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2003 22 oz. bottle(2002)Pours out w/a very huge egg nog head that sticks around like a bad habbit.Lace is rich and sticky.Aroma of nice spicy hops/sweet malts(reminds me of a can of paint at times).Tastes awesome.Crisp bright hops w/a great malt backbone.Not thick in the mouth.Very,very smooth and slick.Full flavored yet nothing is overbearing(almost thin at times?)As this beastly hog warms I start to get a nice slightly roasted chocolate malt vibe.Such a perfect blend of ingridients.Upon finishing this masterpeice of a barleywine(IMO) there is a substancial bit of off tone cream to sniff on and anticipate the rest of this heavenly experience.One of the mellowest and flavorful barley wines ever!9.2% is there but not in the way.This tastes very fresh after being bottled for a year or so.The white part of the cap was the most mangled thing I've ever seen(usually meaning the brew is past it's prime,not this time)Having younger bottles since it comes across quite different.A nice tad of honey dipped citrus hops lingering in the finish.Different for the style.Best enjoyed at 50-60 drinking temp.