11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - JAN 1, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle courtesy of Pailhead. Copper colored. Sparse off-white head. Decent flavors of fruit and caramel. Lots of residual sugar. Good balance of hops, although not as hoppy as West coast BWís. Alcohol is hidden well. Solid.
mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - JAN 1, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle around 3 years old...Still has a big Columbus nose though...which Iím not so sure I like. Pungent. like overripe tangerines in the supermarket florescent. Columbus really seems phenolic to me, band-aid, solvent slightly. This has been my homebrweing experience with it as well....maybe they just need to "blow off" a bit, it does mellow as it breathes. Strong melanoidinal malt character pervades the hop onslaught. Another Columbus thing(when heavily used) is when I burp, I taste vegetables, like carrots and steamed brocoli. Wierd. Big, thick beer. The more I drink BWs, the more I donít care for the thick, syrupy feel of many. This truly rates low for "drinkability" which is a term I hate!! But its tough to drink. It tastes allright, though. At some point, I loved BWs, as evidenced by over 2 dozen in my cellar. Now Iím wishing Iíd have bought Dupont or De Ranke instead. Maybe it is only this beer or just my mood after having drank a St. B tripel, but this isnít the grand night cap I had desired. Instead, Iím choking it down. I know that recently, I adored a Rogue 2000 Old Crusty as a nightcap and my previous tries with this beer lead me to believe that while it may fit the description of BW perfectly, the pudding is lacking something.
badgerben (4864) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - DEC 31, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark red color with no head. Slight barley aroma and taste. A little bit of fruit in the taste, mixed in with some bread and yeast. It didnít seem like it was too well mixed together yet. Some time would probably do this well.
SkyinBrian (430) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 27, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
candy apple red. hoppy nose, some carmel. this full bodied brews is smooth and warming and quite bitter.
NobleSquirrel (3439) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 24, 2004
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice deep red color with sticky lacing. Smell is definitely hops and some sweetness. The taste is excellent, the epitome of west coast B-wine. This and Bigfoot are neck and neck in that respect. This, however, offered more complexity, with fruity esters coming through the bitterness. Huge malt to back up the 100IBUs. A damn fine B-wine, one Iíll have again for sure. Too bad they only have bombers, though...
desurfer (1280) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - DEC 23, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a nice golden amber with small patches of foam floating about. Aroma is very hoppy and piney, reminding me of an I2PA. Hell, this would be a better double IPA than some others Iíve had! Flavor is very hoppy, with big citrus and pine flavors and a chewy malt backbone. Finishes dry and sticky. Good!
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 23, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Red/Brown Coloring with White Bubbly Head. Alcohol and Bread Dough Aroma. Malt...Hops...Very Dry with Big Warming....Not Exactly What I was Expecting From Hog Heaven.. Seemed a Bit Raw. Iíll try it Down the Road for Sure.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - DEC 21, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2008 Poured a light ruby color. Aroma was strong. Of grapefruit, raisins, pine, and brown sugar. Flavor starts sweet and malty which quickly turns to citrus flavors and a hop bitterness back bone. Nice warming sensation. Medium bodied.
Tap @ 2007 Strong Ale Fest. Called Uberschwein. The aroma was great with huge fresh pine and citrus. It got a 9 for that. The flavor also had some nice fresh hop notes.
Pailhead (6403) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - DEC 20, 2004
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Great banana bread, caramel and nice hoppiness in the aroma. Pours a dark transparent orangish-red with an insignificant white head. Malt and banana bread up front with a real nice hop finish and balance. The finish remindes of of a malty IPA. Moderate hop aftertaste.
jasonp (1573) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - DEC 19, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Beautiful clear mahogany with a beige head. Aroma of sweet malt, hops and dark fruit. A cross between a Barleywine and an I2PA - taste has strong notes of grapefruit/citrus, pine, resin, dark fruit, tropical fruit, caramel and molasses. Syrupy sweet with a bitter aftertaste and an alcohol buzz. Full, round and soft mouthfeel with subtle carbonation. Great head retention. Pretty easy drinking for a barleywine. Overall a great brew.