nstal (237) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 21, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This to me is a barleywine/IPA mixture. One of the few beers of this type that are dominated by hops. Best served with chicken wings that have been marinated in hog heaven and fried in bacon drippings.
21iceman40 (1731) - vienna, West Virginia, USA - MAR 12, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Traditional barley wine copperish tone with minimal head. Has a caramelish sweet aroma. Caramel malts definetely dominate the flavor, maybe even some subtle dark fruits make a showing. Aight brew.
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - MAR 11, 2003
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I like Bigfoot better. Its not as pungent or spicy and more drinkable, but its not as tasty to my somewhat immature palate. Noted some deep caramel (maybe cinnamon?) fruity notes. Very subtle alcohol.
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - MAR 9, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
A really very nice barleywine. Has an earthy crystal maltness to it, alone with some iron-y earthy hops (I know it's Columbus but it doesn't seem like it) - a really nice balance. Not too sweet, incredible body, great hopping. Way up there for me. Good alch. balance for such an animal.
JMerritt (1775) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - MAR 8, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at the Peoria International Beer Festival. Larger hop flavor that I was expecting, which came as a nice surprise. Aroma is rather fruity and wine like, which makes the hop agressiveness even more surprising. I would like to try this aged a bit and a tad more mellowed.
ravidesai (947) - Bombay, INDIA - MAR 6, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
good solid barleywine.
orange-red colour, thin head, aroma has a hint of tea leaves.
big hop taste which blends nicely with a malty sweetness.
- lots of flavours - all very strong. intensifoes as beer warms.
TheTsunami (162) - Arizona, USA - MAR 6, 2003
2.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Deep red/orange color. Just a wisp of a head on an aggressive pour. Initial aroma was mildly fruity which became strong grapefruit. Then segued into the most incredible boquet of hops and pine and eatrh that I think I have ever smelled. Unfortunately it tasted the same, and I am not a hophead by any stretch of the imagination. The end, the very very end of a swallow, held the smallest amount of maltiness to try to balance this out for me. Needs aging for me to begin to think of enjoying.
heykevin (1274) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - FEB 27, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Huge american hop aroma--citruicy as all get out. Rich almost exaggeratedly malty flavor, with large amount of residual sweetness to counteract the hop blast. I agree with this being borderling imperial pale ale territory, but the maltiness screams barleywine enough for me to agree. This is a great beer.
Frank (2781) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 22, 2003
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JUL 5, 2003 Huge hoppy nose with notes of spice, pine, and citrus. I can smell this from three feet away. Has a garnet color so attractive, I considered asking it out on a date. The massive head only encouraged me more. It left so much lace I actually had difficulty scrubbing it off my glass. Sweet front. Piney flavors dominate. Syrupy mouthfeel, sticky and thick. Finish is sharp on the tongue, massive hop flavor grows and grows for for a full minute after the beer is swallowed. Generally, I like heavily hopped barley wines that but the earthy/piney flavors here are just too much. This is a great candidate for aging. I could see this mellowing to perfection in a few years. When it's young, though, it's just too abrasive.
WabashMan (1012) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - FEB 21, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A nice dark amber color and light tan head start this one. Aroma is VERY nice. Hoppy, but with a nice dryness to it and something I just can't seem to place. The flavor of this one is like NOTHING I've had before. This is very different from the Bells Third Coast Old Ale (which is categorized as a BW), and I must say that I like it a lot. A VERY nice beer!