pivo (2571) - GERMANY - DEC 23, 2005
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cherry, woody nose - just delightful with a hint of alcohol. Chesnut color, fizzy quick dissappating head (odd for a barelywine). Sugary body, very sweet. Little or no hop taste. Spicy, cinnamon end with a lingering tingliness. Port-like. Transcends beer at times. Very powerful. Smooth and sophisticated.
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - DEC 17, 2005
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a clear reddish amber color with a thinner beige head. Very nice aroma of caramel, maple, oak, and fig. Some additional vanilla makes its way into the flavor along with a healthy dose of alcohol. Iím confused with the palate, low carbonation is nice, stickiness is not, big body is nice, hot alcohol is not. All in all a pretty pleasant beer, enjoyable sipper on this cold day.
YogiBeera (2480) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 9, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The thinnest looking Barley Wine I have laid my eyes on. Look through amber red color. Alcohol and soy sauce nose - very intense and detectable right after it was poured into the glass from far away. Very sweet and intense cherry and alcohol taste with some nutty undertones. Very interesting - reminds me a lot at Sherry. Quite unusual for a Barley wine and miss hoppy tones.
steve23mj (273) - Essexville, Michigan, USA - DEC 1, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark burnt orange with literally no head. nose is of alcohol and sweet caramel notes. Mild oak presence. Flavor is rich and complex. Thick and syrupy. Slight vanilla oakycharacter with lip smacking sweetness. Finishes with nice alcohol burn.
redlem (1301) - Ohio, USA - NOV 27, 2005
0.9 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 3/20
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2005 How many teaspoons of sugar in a cup does it take before a beverage is undrinkable. I dont know,said the owl, but for an example I would nominate this beer. Ugh, disgusting in all respects, esp at $ 6.50/bottle. Purge please.
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - NOV 26, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
í05 bottle. Darker cherry red-brown color, sweet nose of alcohol and anise. Sweeter taste of caramel, molasses, sherry and port-like, fills the palate.
Davhgbrew (943) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 17, 2005
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 11/20
Kind of feels and tastes like honey. Syrupy consistency with a sweet-like aftertaste that masks the alc% well. Overall not a beer I would drink again.
2Row (11) - USA - NOV 16, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2006 A bit of a shock on first sip. Seductively sweet yet cough syrupy on further tastes. The achohol becomes obtrusive to the point of obnoxiousness. Tasty, but 12 oz. is more than enough.
lonelybeergeek (36) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - NOV 16, 2005
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Somehow, I have never heard of this one. My buddy Ari picked a couple up, as if we needed 2, and I have been staring at the bottle wondering how I could have missed this. Pours with little carbonation, white head, coppery orange. Smells like....i dont have the words for it. The aroma is the highlight of the beer, though. Tastes like whiskey, caramel, dates, molasses, alcohol. I would prefer if it wasnít so strong, I taste the alcohol way too much. Makes a 12 oz. quite fun, though. Not my favorite from Avery, they have done much better, but an interesting experience. Unique beer, if not great.
MartinT (7952) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 16, 2005
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Some lingering head tops this mammoth of a barley wine. Confident oak surfing on sweet fruit waves, tons of peach syrup, maraschino cherries, dried apricots, etc. Sweetness is prominent, but not too bad so far.
As I swallowed my first sip, my heart and stomach leapt as if they were refusing to ingest this. Itís that sweet. And Iím somewhat of a sweet tooth, donít forget that. Mouthfeel is uberthick, which is nice for a barley wine, but manages to be a little too much considering its obese sweetness. Tons of maple syrup and caramel segue into torrential alcohol and oak, second and soon primary reason for the initial recoil reaction. Have you ever felt your uvula shrink in disgust? Oh, itís flavorful, donít get me wrong! Many cherries, peaches (in syrup form mind you), complex sweetness and a nice coat of oakiness which never topples the sweetness (how could it?). One sip will smack you in the tongue. Ten might make your gut turn. I didnít want to go further. And like I said, Iím known to be a sweet tooth...
Drowning in a pit of quicksyrup, whipped by a drunken fatso as you go down.