presario (4901) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 2, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Crisp clear dark amber. Not as dark as many of this style. Nice thick head and creamy lacing. Delicious aroma doesnít overpower but invites you to inhale deeply. Hops start the scent and the malt combines nicely. Hops tickle the tongue at first touch. Hops fight with alcohol all the way through the finish. Hops win! Maltier than expected. Missing some of the depth and spice of some other Barley Wines but as a high alcohol - high hop beverage this is indeed a treat. Caramel and toffee malts blend well with the hops and the defeated alcohol is forgotten...till you stand up.
crzybob77 (530) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUL 31, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is a very drinkable barley wine. Has a good hop character. There arnít many prominent flavors to compliment, but that is the good thing about this beer. It is an easy drinking barley wine, and for me, that is sometimes a very good thing.
PorterPounder (6287) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUL 24, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a deep, dark orange brown - looks almost like tomato juice at first blush. Decent sized off white head at first but fades halfway thorugh the bomber. Exquisitely sweet aroma - hints of canned brown bread, molasses and dates. Same aromas carry over to the flavor for the most part. Also pick up some faint Christmas Spices as well. Very drinkable Barley wine - hides the 9.2ABV very well. Delectabel mouthfeel.
Sancho (245) - Da Bronx, New York, USA - JUL 21, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
ON TAp at blind tiger ale house NYC,
Nice amber color, good hoppyness with a good alcohol bite gotta love those flyin pigs
Dorwart (2451) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - JUL 11, 2004
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 29, 2005 Very good sized head for a barley wine. Chunky head which last for a while. Decent lacing. Awesome aroma. Loads of peaches, apricot, floral hops and a tad of roasted grains. Color is a dark amber with good clarity. Flavor is thick and succulent, but not syrupy, with heaps of hops and a little fruit. Not like the aroma though. Smooth and well balanced. Goes down very easy. Nice bitter finish. A top quality barley wine that is a very smooth and easy drinking beer. I like this stuff a lot.
AlabastorJones (812) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 5, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Those litte flying pigs are up to mischief, and it sure is delicous, the mischief that is.
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - JUL 5, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark amber/red color.Small white head that faded slowly leaving little behind.The aroma was malty and hoppy with a decent citrus side to it and maybe a bit of a pine note as well.The flavor was malty and fairly hoppy with a decent grapefruit and pien flavor coming thorugh.Fairly heavy mouth feel sort of syrupy with a semi sweet to bitter flavor coming on as it warms up.Not to bad a brew but i could deal with a little less of the syrup like feel that seems to take awhile to get off your pallate.Itís well worth trying but not something i will be indulging in anytime soon.
Probiere (992) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 1, 2004
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Super Cascades, aroma grapefruity, also some peach and resin. Starts and ends with hops. I know some people think this is the catís ass. Why?
Kevin (2156) - New Mexico, USA - JUN 29, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 16, 2005 Bottle/ pours an amber tinted brown. head is minimal. aroma is reminiscent of a used sweaty gym sockwith a pine cone inside of it. flavor is counter to the aroma. full bodied hop and citrus attacks the tongue in a good way. finish is sweet and warm. this will get on top of you quickly. 2 3 7 3 14.
rerate, i realized after trying the barrel age version that i prefere the original, but my ratings did not agree,
pours aruddy red with a large yellow jaundiced head. grassy sweaty aroma that i have grown to love. it is like WD40 just sprayed on a hot lawnmower,
YUMMY. warm alcohol flavor with a strong columbus taste. very sweet apricot like taste, there is a woody tint to this great grassy finish. 7 4 8 3 17
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - JUN 29, 2004
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2005 Bottle. Nose was hoppy/body odor. First flavor notes are alcohol, hops, cherries, and caramel. Good taste. My first experience with a barley wine, and it is very good. Finish is sweet with a a nice alcohol bite. Some grassiness on the finish. Yummy.