bubslang (438) - Kentwood, Michigan, USA - MAY 24, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow, popped open the bottle and I'm leveled with the intense hop aroma, murky amber with nice sized head. taste is of citrus, floral with some pine notes expertly balnaced with a pleasant caramel malt sweetness. similar to bigfoot but even more balanced, and the hops are a little more restrained but only slightly. a wonderful beer.
P-tor44 (886) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - MAY 17, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
burgundy with an absolutely thick head with lots of lace. resinous/piney hop nose, hoppy yet not over the top. resinous lasting hop flavors. incredibly hoppy yet the hops dont come flying out like they do in bigfoot, better balanced
Cobra (1100) - - MAY 16, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. brown bomber.
Pours out a deep copper color, with a fast fading head. Hops aromas hit you first, then the sweet malts kick in. Fresh, grainy aroma to it. Smells like Chinook or Nugget hops used in it. Tastes of hops at first. Piney, resinous, floral tasting. Nice malt backbone to it as well.Fairly well balanced, but leaning towards the hops side.
Coats the tongue with a syrupy sweetness. A pretty good barleywine in my opinion.
Kasteelfreak (341) - Fallbrook, California, USA - MAY 15, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2004 This should be called IPA Dark or Barley Wine VS. IPA. It's really unique. It's mostly an IPA, but has a little darker, fuller malt. This is a very good surprise. RERATE 092904: I bought this again to see if it would be like Hop15; a fruity and malty double IPA. It's kind of like that, but it's just a little more on the side of the barley wine scale barley. It has that fig flavor along with a lot of hops. I think it would be very good with some age. Aroma does remind me of hop 15, but has just a little more fig and caramel instead of tropical fruit. This has has just a bit more bite. But you know, the two are very similar. Hop15 is a lot better to me though.
microdyke (360) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 11, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
An amber body with an off white frothy small head. The aroma is of hops, grapefruit and pine. The flavor is bitter and very hoppy up front with that grapefruit flavor. Not any malt sweetness like the side of the bottle suggests. I don't understand what people constitute as a barley wine. This takes like an IPA. It is good, but when I buy a barley wine I expect something different than this.
TChrome (1448) - Bedford, Texas, USA - MAY 6, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This strikes me as more of an IPA than a barley wine. The aroma reminds me of some kinda weed I used to smoke, which is not neccesarily a bad thing. Kinda piney. Nice ruby brown color, off white head with plenty of lacing. Wonderful hop flavor. Not much malt, but thats OK. Still not convinced this is a barley wine, but very good brew.
JCW (1277) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 12, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 1, 2006 Aroma of an IPA. Citrusy and a little fruity. Dark amber in color, pour with a large head. Wonderful appearance. Flavor that would shame most Imperial or double IPA’s, with both citrus and a carmel malt taste. I waited a long time to have this one, I don’t know why, but Stupidity comes to mind. A true hop lover’s dream.
fly (1450) - austin, Tejas, Texas, USA - APR 10, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Could a guy with sinus problems miss the aroma here? DON'T THINK SO. Like sticking your head in a bag of hops. I don't think I have EVER had a beer with so pronounced an aroma. Not like I have never had a dry hopped beer before in my life. Think that perhaps were this not a barleywine with enough malt backbone that I would be spitting out hops. I have had this before and must have had my head planted way too far up my ass because I just don't remember this assault. It's a nice one - getting the floral bouquet/bitter onslaught rolling not so gracefully toward the hint of caramel malt so that a weenie like me doesn't run home to mommy. With all this going on the alcohol strength isn't even a consideration in the flavor. If I eat my vegetables can I have another bottle?
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - APR 8, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Definitely a very bold, bitter and beautiful beer that gets all of my high respect. This one pours a nectary reddish orange color, very clear with a thin creamy tanned head. The aroma is predominated by citrusy florals and caramel malts. The taste is almost completely caramel malts upfront followed by a serious hop bitterness which makes for a beautiful contrast from the initial overbearing sweetness of the malt. Some serious alcohol here that is hidden beyond belief..i cant even tell that 9.2% ABV is in here until it hits ya like a ton of bricks. The carbonation is done very nicely...light and syrupy body...nice mouthfeel..good contrasts and sweet, dry malty ending. Another excellent brew from Avery.
aobecksy (700) - Middle of no where, Ohio, USA - APR 5, 2003
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2005 Amber color; creamy head; long lasting lace; Strong hop aroma: with citrus undertones. Well balanced creamy palate with spicy hops--very smooth. Thank you KrisB and a happy birthday to me.