Ratman197 (11368) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUL 21, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle poured mahogany with an amber head. Aromas of dark fruit with some vinous notes. Flavors of roasted malt, dark fruit ,a hint of coffee, With a mildly bitter finish.
Bockyhorsey (2610) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JUL 12, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sweet malty aroma but I did detect a bit of spice to it. Dark body but when held to the light you will see a mahogany color. Small tan head that left lacong on the glass. Falvor was of sweet caramel with a good balance of alcohol. Left a sweet dry aftertaste taht I didn’t care for but a good beer.
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 26, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Darkened brick. Roasty, malt accented aromas, with hints of hazelnut, raisin and caramel, along with a hint of black currant, which I believe is from the Bullion. Soft feel. Complex malt flavor, with hints of chocolate and coffee, raisins and plums and perhaps a bit of toffee. All about the malt, presented in a classy way. I’ve always liked this beer from Avery.
Tmoney99 (12050) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 24, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Dark reddish\brown hue with medium off-white head. Good complex aroma of roasted malt, sweet and small alcohol. Medium to full body with smooth texture. Complex flavor of coffee, hops and roasted malt with the same small alcohol bite at the finish. Very good brew.
monty (39) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 15, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
15 June 2005. Bottle.
Very little head; a touch on the dark side for a barleywine.
Mouthfeel is soft and slippery - nice.
Funny cherry cola flavor and, oddly, a little coffee. Definitely sweet - lots of malts showing through. Hops are present, but not too biting.
This is good, but not as strong a showing as some of Avery’s other beers.
ChazyRPh (583) - Chazy, New York, USA - JUN 8, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
clear garnet pour with a medium head. Malty aroma, brown sugar, roasted malt, some alcohol. Roasty flavor to start, hints of coffee, nice bitterness, burnt malts. Inherent sweetness also, quite warming. This is very nice.
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - MAY 15, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark brown with ruby highlights. A big thick tan head graces this and settles back to about a quarter inch. Aroma has much coming through. Chocolate, caramel, cherries, plums maybe even some cinnamon. the flavor is caramel and chocolate and a note of cherries. Fruity yet malty. Good flavor yet remarkably light on the palate. The finish is somewhat warm but other than that I thought the alcohol was undetectable. Very earthy almost oaky flavors also come through. A pretty good brew. Better than I expected...
DYCSoccer17 (3499) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 7, 2005
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled with my brother. This has a very complex and yummy aroma. Hints of cherries, earthiness, wood, caramel maltiness, and hints of chocolate. Notes of cinnamon also seem present. I hope the flavor lives up to this great aroma. Transparent garnet dark amber color with a light tan head. Start is bitter, turning more vinous with lots of caramel and chocolatey malts. Finishes a tad hoppy. Booze is noticeable. Promising...decent, but not as good as I hoped.
GrainBeltGuzzler (249) - Goodhue, Minnesota, USA - APR 23, 2005
3.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
fantastic looking beer, incredibly thick head on this one, leaves a film all the way down the glass, very strong malty flavor on this a little hint of alcohol and hops to balance it off a definate winner with this one, thanks probiere
ToadMan (559) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 15, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown color with ruby tones and a small head. Nice but subdued nutty malt aroma with floral tones. Flavor starts sweet and malty has a toffee middle with a more hoppy finish and a nutty aftertaste. Good balance of moderate bitterness and sweet nutty malts. Nice warming alcohol presence.