Cornfield (5482) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - OCT 15, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Reddish-copper in body, this thick ale had a fizzy white head to begin with, but that soon died away... and, who cares? It has a piercing alcohol nose, sweet caramel, wood, light fruits, vanilla, and some more alcohol. This is very thick and hot in the mouth. The sugary sweetness is quite strong in the flavor- - malty, peppery, fruity, boozey... It finishes on a hot, sticky, fruity, alcohol note. Drink this one slowly.
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Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 11, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pour is coppery amber with a dense thin tan head...smell is sweet with cherry, oak, honey, raisin, grapes, alcohol...taste is sweet sweet sweet...syrupy sweet...caramel thickness...all kinds of sugary sweetness fading into a sweetness that is mildly alcoholic...this is actually pretty good...hot obviously...
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 10, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Okay now i know it...............Avery is the most over rated brewery in the world...........Granted.........they are adventerous.....a little crazy, but I havenít a brew by them that I thought was near a 4 4 rating, even a 3.5 in a while. This one poured an amber hue with a halo of a tan head. Aromas of raisins, honey alocohol and a little scotch peatiness. Flavors of raisins, oatmeal, caramel,brown sugar with a light alcohol burn with a decent bitterness. Iíd like to see how this one ages, given the lack of any yeast sediment.
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - OCT 10, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Ernest for this.I really like the oak flavorin this one the oak wasnít overwhelming and I could still get a lot of the caramel,fruit from the Barley Wine. I liked this a lot.Thick and syrupy
Metalhead (628) - Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA - OCT 8, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Holy crap! If this stuff wasnít so $$ I would go back and buy out the store.Nice orangey/copper color,minimal short lived head.
Thick oily mouthfeel,kinda like syrup but not as thick. Aroma is malty sweet,oak,vannila,dark fruits. Pretty much tastes how it smells. ABV very well masked. The Demons drink well.
desurfer (1219) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - OCT 7, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Ruby-red body, no head. Aroma is very woody and alcoholic, like an aged bourbon. It really doesnít taste as strong as it is labeled. Thereís a really thick sugary sweetness and not much hops to back it up, but it seems to fit. Boozy and warm. Pretty tasty.
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - OCT 4, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a medium dark brown color, no head. Aroma of sweet malts, caramel, toffee, alcohol. Flavor has just way too much booze in it.
oh6gdx (20322) - Vasa, FINLAND - OCT 3, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. Copper coloured, beige small head. Alcohol, glue and fruit in aroma. Sweet caramellish sugary flavour with hints of alcohol and toffee. Alcohol mostly in the "hot" finish. Also plums, raisins in flavour. Very complex and lovely flavour.
TBone (12547) - Pori, FINLAND - OCT 3, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled vintage 2005
Dark copper brown, small brown head. Aroma of glue, brandy and whiskey. Very sweet, caramelly, oaky-woody. Iím not a big fan of oak ageing. This is too raw, sugary, needs at least couple of years in the cellar.
jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - OCT 3, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
I wasnít expecting a head on this one, but I sure got one, a big white one. When it receded the top of the glass looked like a weird microscope slide. The beerís amber-copper-orangish. Big bourbon smell to it, on account of the oak chips and all the alcohol. Itís also a bit sweet, with dark fruits and a light floral hop aroma. The alcohol is up front in the flavor, and it hits you hard. The middle is syrupy, very sweet, and then the alcohol comes back for the finish, this time with some oak, leaving a vanilla and bourbon aftertaste. Mouthfeel is thick, but the carbonation makes it feel lighter. Some aging would do this one well, I think.