mkobes (2140) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - MAR 20, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Firey red and clear in color. Really nice and hoppy. Nice tan head. Caramel malty flavor. Not overly bitter. Very good.
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - MAR 20, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz bomber, courtesy of TCHROME. Firey red and crystal clear, with a nice tan head. Big fresh American hop aroma. Reminds me of 90 min IPA. Carmel malty flavor blended with lotsa hops. Not overly bitter, and a nice sweetness combine for a delicious flavor. Lingering hops. Extremely smooth going down. Like this one a lot. Thanks Tad!
jables (101) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - MAR 16, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours dark amber color with white head and great head retention.
The aroma is sweet, citrus and pine, and alcohol.
The flavor reflects that balance of malt, hops, and alcohol. The malt and hops are both equally big and neither really dominates. The malt is sweet and potent like a barleywine should but the hops play a huge part in making this beautifully balanced. The alcohol plays its role without getting in the way.
This is a beer that is fantastic when it is served at the proper temperature and actually resembles Three Floyds Dreadnaught a great deal. Truly a fantastic brew
slang (654) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - MAR 14, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is my first barley- wine! Average head over amazing looking light-amber ale. Nose is as expected, grapefriut (and other citrus) blended with a lite malt touch(and alcohol). Taste is grapefruit, caramel, and a great mouth feel. The alcohol is moderatly present and does warm mouth and stomach. I agree w/ wunderbier on the "tea-ish" aspect. I will look forward to more in this style.
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAR 9, 2004
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle, snifter. Caramel, candi sugar malt (M); pine, grapefruit hops (M); peaches. Deep amber body with a tan, creamy head that is well lasting a leaves great lacing behind. Heavily sweet, moderately bitter flavor becomes a heavily bitter, lightly sweet, moderately astringent finish. Sweet tea-ish. Medium-heavy body, creamy texture, lively carbonation. The bottom line is: the astringency bothers me, and it's a bit hoppy for the malt presence (for me) but tasty overall.
Brodie (540) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - MAR 6, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big spicy and citrusy grapefruit rind hops and sweet malt in the aroma. Amber color, head leaves good lacing. Big hop flavor - fruit, citrus and pine - just enough malt to keep from being totally out of balance. Huge bitterness - this was number 7 of 14 at a barleywine tasting, and I'm upset because I'm not sure my palate will be able to recover. Full-bodied, moderately astringent. Overall, and hugely bitter and hoppy barleywine, not something I could drink a lot of, treads the line of being out of balance.
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - MAR 2, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22oz Bomber No freshness date I love the label on this bottle. Flying pigs, love it. Poured a deep and clear amber with a thick and generous head that retains well and provides some serious lacing. Nice big hop aroma which seems to be the trend in BW's lately. If this continues, I may designate this as my favorite style. It seems to be coming in very close to the super hopped Imperial IPA's. On second pour the bready malt aroma rears itself. It's warming now and coming alive with great aromas. The body on this is quite full and smooth. The bittering hops are noticable in the finish which is also just a tad dry. There's a sweet caramel malt flavor also that is blending superbly with the hop onslaught. The carbonation is even. Not too sharp or flat. Overall I found this an exceptional brew. One I would buy often if only it were available locally.
howie (549) - DeForest, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 27, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Lightish amber with a respectable coppery head. Pungent, intense, unique hop aroma. Flavors like hop candy. Lots of caramel sweetness. Fairly high carbonation scrubs the palate of the malty sweetness, though, and allows the hops to dominate. Interestingly, this impressed me more as a good "Imperial IPA" while Avery's "Ten" struck me as more barleywine-ish.
Shag (2603) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - FEB 23, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
The aroma is very very nice. Some oak, citrus, cherries, grapes, vanilla. The appearance is a reddish brown with almost no head. Now to the flavor. A mix of bitter, sour, and sweet all perfectly blended together. Some caramel, raspberries, citrus fruit are primarly what I am tasting. The finish is hoppy with a taste of alcohol. This one is not as sweet and cloying as other barleywines Ive tasted. This biased may come from my hophead nature of course. But overall I must say I really enjoyed this one. Thanks to cb and tar for hooking me up!
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - FEB 20, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
The hops really helped balance this out. The bitterness helped to even out the sweet, fruity flavors. pretty good overall.