Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 28, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours with an amber body topped by a medium thick head with some lacing. It’s very sweet with lots of candy sugar/caramel notes with a very slight bitterness. Full bodied, smooth and warming.
nick76 (4140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - AUG 28, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
The aroma and taste are so sweet you would swear that there is syrup in it. Very vinous as well. The appearance is golden orange. Flavor is oak like with a somewhat liquor quality. Palate is thick and smooth. Very Good!
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - AUG 27, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear, light red and almost still. Very strong sweet caramel fruit and alcohol aroma. Kinda reminds me of Hardy’s. Candy sweet flavor backed by big fruit and oak flavor. While a bit sweet for my tastes, it is still smooth and flavorful and should age well, which is good as I got 23 more bottles to go.
zug4abby (287) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 23, 2005
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
amber color with small head and medium amount of lacing. smells fairly sugary and fruity. extremely sugary tastes with strong carmelized sugar like profile and flavors. this beer is way to sugary and caramelly for my personal tastes.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - AUG 22, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Amber orange color with a sticky head. Aroma is mostly oak and candy sugars. First sip the alcohol isn’t masked at all. Big surprise for an Avery beer. There’s some citrus but not enough to balance out against the oak, vanilla & wood flavors. Full bodied and tasty.
sloth (2382) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - AUG 21, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Small tan head settles out quickly. Clear amber/ruby colored body. Nose of cherries, wild flower honey, sweet malts and ALCOHOL ! Body is full/medium, oily, sticky. Sweet malts, fruit, cherries and wood exposing its self as it warms. ALCOHOL. Finish is cloyingly sweet with notes of licorice and ALCOHOL. Even with the high alc.%% this beer is interesting, not sure why though? I,ve got to age some for a few(10) years to see what happens. GAWD!
lamas (1308) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 20, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Bottled in 2005. Pours a clear, strawberry Kool-Aid red with a very thin tan head. Bourbon, caramel, vanilla, oak and some smoke in the aroma. Not nearly as much alcohol in the taste as I expected from the smell. It really doesn’t seem anywhere near the 14.5% ABV. Ridiculously super sweet! Rich, candied sugar with a woodsy, oaky bite at the end. Smooth but not thick. Really coats the tongue. Oakier than any other beer I can recall. Like licking a piece of wood. The quality is evident, but it’s not my thing.
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - AUG 20, 2005
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 9, 2007 I had this brew at Dr. BIll’s 12 Hour Beer extravaganza in Anaheim, CA on August 20, 2005. Thanks, Dr. Bill.
This poured a clear golden brown color with no head. It was sweet, but not cloying. This was a very well done barleywine
OldGrowth (2417) - North Carolina, USA - AUG 19, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, from Julio’s. Good nose, sweet. Oak, pear, caramel, vanilla. Nice clean brownish orange color, small to no head, though I did pour kinda slow. Sweet bitter flavors, like aromas with whiskey and orange also.Thick body, Creamy oily mouthfeel, sweet sticky finish. Feel the burn. Interesting brew, so sweet. Nice for sippin.
legion242 (2089) - Richardson, Texas, USA - AUG 19, 2005
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Wow, really sweet. So sweet that anything else is hidden- no alcohol, no oak chips, no hops. Very syrupy. Luckily I bought another bottle and I will give it at least a year and re-rate.