jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - NOV 7, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Ruby/brown color with a small white head. Beautiful lacing all the way through. Sweet malt/hop aroma with a touch of caramel thrown in. Flavor was
not as sweet as expected. Malt and
caramel on first sip, then finishing dry and hoppy. Very good now, I expect it to be extremely good in a year or two.
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - NOV 6, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
10.31.04 Bomber. Caramel brown pour with little head. This was not an aged bottle which was evident right away. Hot, hot, hot. Alcohol and hops burned the nose hairs out of me and made my eyes water. Unlike other Avery beers I’ve tried, this seemed appropriate for once. Palate was thick as honey and lip smackingly citrus hopped. Burned the gums and throat. Some wood and chocolate in the malty flavors, but mostly, oddly, bland -- or the flavors are hidden behind syrupy sweetness and burning alcohol and hops. This must age well.
FROTHINGSLOSH (6641) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 6, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 1, 2008 Avery products have only recently become available in my area and this is the first of their products that I have had the opportunity to try. Sampled from a 22 oz brown bottle this beer poured a hazy chestnut color with only a minimal tan head. There is a strong hop fragrance that assaults the nose before the glass can even be picked up. The flavor is very hoppy - strong with grapefruit. The beer is surprisingly sweet for being such a hoppy beverage. There is a little malt detectable but the hops really dominate. This beer really reminded me of some of the products from Stone brewing. Almost half way between an Arrogant Bastard and a Double Bastard in flavor. Intense.
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - OCT 27, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Heavy fruit aroma with hops and alcohol. Dense, frothy praline colored head. Abundant carbonation in a light red liquid. Sweet Jesus this ale is good. Oh so smooth with caramel and malt, some alcohol and a pleasant small bitter finish. Truely world class.
Brewso (238) - Mt Kisco, New York, USA - OCT 27, 2004
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
On Tap at The Gingerman in NYC. Liquid candy for adults. Beautiful bouqet of hops nestled in thick, sweet malt with sweet spiciness all around. This is big and perfectly balanced. Not sure what this is like in the bottle- but on tap it is heavenly.
jonas (6708) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - OCT 27, 2004
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Quite some roses in the nose.
Brown amber, low head.
Fruit, orangepeel, earth and spice.
A bit harsh - not completely harmonious IMO.
invalid (302) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 20, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a ruby and suprisingly clear beer. Small white head. Smells of alcohol and strong hops. Not a bad flavor, pretty hoppy. Esters come through but bounces back to alcohol warmness. Yep.
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - OCT 15, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
color was a pretty golden amber. nose was full of hops, caramel, mild alcohol, and a bit of grapefruit hiding beneath it all. taste was more carame than i had expeceted, based off the smell. while the hops were definitly there, but less so than i thought they would be. grapefruit also made a good impression in a sweeter then usual barleywine. very enjoybable 22 oz bomber, very excited for the 2 i have stored, heard very good things about this bad boy after some time.
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 8, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2005 Poured like molten amber with a dollop of honey infused within. Looked so great in the snifter and smelled of hop inviting alcohol and a sweetness that stopped well short of being cloying.
Taste: WOW. This is a great brew in my opinion. Avery did with this beer what they failed miserably at with The Beast Grand Cru, but then this isn’t some crazy abv freak creation.
The sweet malt start and the heavy hop finish work beautifully together.
HoppyKev (50) - Redford, Michigan, USA - OCT 5, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Beer pours dark amber with very slight head. Smells hoppy and sweet. Gives you the sweet barleywine type start but seems to finish with more hops than other barleywines. You can taste the warmth given off by the higher abv, it doesn’t hurt the beer but doesn’t help either