pivo (2631) - 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 (89) - 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 (536) - 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.
clvand0 (350) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - NOV 17, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled in a 22oz bottle. Pours a dark amber color with a medium tan head and leaves a little lacing on the glass. The aroma is very hoppy with malts and some grassy hints. The flavor is surprisingly smooth for the high alcohol content. The hops don't carry through as strongly into the flavor, but the taste starts sweet and ends with a bitter/dry taste. I really enjoyed this barleywine.
Kinz (3507) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - NOV 12, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Reddish brown, decent head, very nice lacing. Aroma of malts, golden raisins, spicy hops. Flavors opened up as it warmed. At the end, good balance of caramel malt flavors and hop bitterness. Warming alcohol. Average body.
motelpogo (7188) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - NOV 9, 2003
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
i just assumed that i would like this beer and was pretty surprised when i didn't. it had an ordinary amber colour and raisin and oak aroma. tasted very bready and sweet. it was very hard to believe that there were 100 IBU's as i couldn't really find much bitterness. the flavour didn't really go anywhere other than become sweeter. no finish to speak of. a big disappointment. the only positive is that double-edged sword of 'well-disguised alcohol' which could also be called a lack of guts
TheBeerGod (5538) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - NOV 8, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice reddened copper body. Huge aroma. Sweetened malt, light hops, caramel notes, and peach/nectarine. The tongue is more of the same but feels like it's not full. Seems wispy. The taste is comprised of Malt and fruit with even lighter hops. Alcohol notes enter into the mix but are not dominant. Little bit of bitterness towards the end. Good beer!
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - NOV 8, 2003
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Amber ruby color with light sticky head and lacing. The aroma is an excellent balance of malt and hops, a light dry dusty roasted grain smell with an onterage of well mixed hops. The flavor is also a harmony of flavors that showcase this beers strong suits. This is one of the easiest drinking barleywine's I've ever had. The alcohol is present but well hidden with a mouthfeel of bittering from the hops. OVerall this is a great barleywine, glad I was able to try this one.