Darkover (1524) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 24, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark amber color with a small beige head. Aroma of fruit, citrus and hops. Some sweet malt flavors, but its mostly pretty dry and hoppy. Long bitter hop finish. Alcohol is pretty well hidden except for the warmth.
Silphium (3188) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - OCT 22, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer is like garlic mustard in southern Ohio (meaning that it's dirt common, to the point of being a nuisance). Finally, I caved and purchased a bottle tonight. This is a caramely red beverage, complete with a nicely lacing off-white head. Caramely and grapefruity aroma. Flavor is a rich blend of grapefruity hops (which tend to dominate), some piney hops, sweet caramel, and some fruitiness. A solid barleywine, and the first "traditional" barleywine I've had in some time.
kujo9 (1094) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - OCT 11, 2003
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
White quickly diminishing head on a deep amber body. Citusy hop w/a big caramel malt aroma and a little fruitiness. Malty but very well balanced w/a hop bittering. Hop flavor also very dominant over malt and continues to the finish. Medium full bodied and low-moderate carbonation, and a very well hidden alcohol. This is a very well made Am. Barleywine. It's drinkable now or cellerable, unlike most others in it's class. Very outstanding for Am. BW style!
notalush (5234) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 9, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Perfectly clear amber, aroma of hops, sherry and caramel - malty, sweet butterscotch kind of flavor, but lacking the complexity characteristic of the style - finish is dry, hoppy and crisp, with a marked absence of maltiness - this tastes more like a more malty version of a pale ale than a barleywine, but it's a tasty beer none-the-less.
MarkR (68) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 7, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a fiery reddish-amber with great clarity. Creamy tan head holds surprisingly well despite this brew’s hefty strength. The aroma is sweet, thick, caramelly malt with a heavy dose of Columbus hops. Very piney and floral. The flavor is well balanced between the sweet malt (lots of crystal malt here!) and bitter, resiny hops. Lots of grapefruit, pine, and floral hop flavor. The balance shifts towards the bitter end on the finish, along with a cleansing shot of alcohol. The bottles states 100 IBUs…almost, but not quite. Medium in body, with a rich, full mouthfeel that dries out on the tail end. While a BIG brew, this isn’t terribly complex, but it’s a fairly good barleywine.
sloth (2602) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - OCT 5, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Slight, tan head with some splotchy lacing. Clear amber color with a pretty red hue. Fruity nose, subtle grainyness in the background, nice. Med/full bodied. Oily, malty, sweet, good hop flavor also. Dry fruity finish with some alc. heat also.
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 3, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Not much head, reddish amber coloration. Sharp vinous aroma, with a barky, spicy pine flavor with a sweet undertone. I poured my in an abbey glass, but I think a traditional tulip would have been better to capture the aromas. It's not a simplistic beer by any means, but I can't get around the dominant pine needle flavor.
lemonlovr (190) - Orland Park, Illinois, USA - OCT 1, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bitter hops smell, nice dark amber appearance. Flavor is mostly hoppy with a floral undertone. Definite alcohol bite with average mouthfeel.
Kåstå (1273) - Mol, BELGIUM - SEP 29, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Amber-red coloured beer with a small head. The aroma is hop and some citrus. The taste is sweet spicy and floral with a bitter, alcohol flavoured finish.
ClarkVV (4003) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 25, 2003
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: MAR 28, 2007 2003 bomber. Pours a light brown with some darker mahogany colors lurking. Yellowish/burnt brown towards the edges. Tons of lacing as it goes down. Moderately small dark beige/brown head. Lots of carbonation in the bottle (typical of Avery). Slightly cloudy. Smells of rich roast, slight amounts of licorice, lots of alcohol, some burnt walnut, and of course, barley and hops, though it is a more refined, drier barley smell. Opens up restrained and quite balanced, good strong orange flavor. Alcohol present, but it waits until towards the finish to really jump out. Body is quite complex and medium-full, tending more towards medium. Lots of hops, dry, strong toffee and a lively carbonated, salty texture. The finish is alot like the porter, only stronger and more apt for the style: dry hops mix with lots of alcohol and roasted barley. Some problems with astringency, needs aging much like the North Coast Old stock, but dosent have enough malt to show as much potential, just needs to even out a bit in the finish. FINALLY an Avery Beer I get along with!