OldMrCrow (1624) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 21, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2005 bottle sampled Jan 2009.
I was very pleasantly surprised by this one. Nice sweet caramels and admittedly some harsher alcohol in the aroma. Toffee and cider flavors, still quite nice hop nip in the close, thoroughly enjoyable, smooth mellowed mouthfeel.
hayduke (3081) - Eureka, California, USA - DEC 28, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From a 22 oz bottle this poured a rich copper color with a light tan head. Big nose of caramel malts and fruit hops. Smooth mouthfeel. Flavor tends toward the sweet with a light bitter finish. Quite decent barley wine.
GodOfThunder (1241) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 18, 2008
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Thanks to Redlight for the taste. Pours a clear amber with a sweet smell. Taste is of dried fruits with a bitter finish. Overall, not a great barleywine.
Palidor19 (2847) - Brandon, Florida, USA - DEC 11, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
a great tasting barley wine. the malts are nice and rich and caramel. the hops is where the beer lacks from becoming a truly great beer. still everything works very well.
nick76 (4126) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 11, 2008
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 7/20
The aroma is sweet and metallic with alcohol, citrus hops, and caramel. The appearance is amber with an average head. The flavor is like the aroma but also has a slight cardboard taste. The palate is smooth but thin. Overall its a disappointment.
dchmela (2485) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 10, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Courtesy Redlight. Pours a dark caramel color with little head. Pungent sweet caramel malt aroma with a thick earthy hops. Smooth malt body, noticeable alcohol and more bitter earthy hops. Very smooth barley wine with a nice balancing bitterness thats not too over the top. Decent BW.
Aquilo (512) - Berkeley, California, USA - AUG 23, 2008
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
I want to like this beer, but it looks like disappointment is imminent. Pours flat and cloudy dark red-amber. No head. Aroma is good, though. Nice and fruity, lots of apple juice. Just a tad smokey. Not much hops. Flavor is a bit lacking. Sweet and fruity with some grassy hops. But there is just not much going on here. It needs some kick. Palate is flat and mildly astringent. This is drinkable, there’s no doubt about that. A bit too drinkable.
AleDrinker (1089) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JUL 20, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours white with a dissipating head. Aromas of sweet malt and earthy hops. Flavor is very sweet, actually a bit cloying. Once you get past the sweetness there is a big complex malt flavor with some earthy hops to balance. Not bad. Need some real heavy food to stand up to this beer... good thing I’m just about to pull some spares out of the smoker.
grandridge (224) - Port Clinton, Ohio, USA - JUN 4, 2008
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours amber with chunks and virtually no head. Aroma is sweet and malty. Mouthfeel is watery for a barleywine with slight carbonation. Taste is sweet and malty I guess I can get the toffee. Good but not great for a BW (give me some old numbskull) very drinkable though.
beachbum25 (1084) - Powellville, Maryland, USA - MAY 4, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz Bomber-Trade w/Snojerk321. Cloudy copper color w/no head. Sweet aroma. Flavors of candied sugar, caramel, toffee, dark fruits, butter & brown sugar. Kind of sweet & light. Not a real complex barleywine which will curl your toes or knock your socks off, one which is an easy drinking, enjoyable, sip it all night brew. Alcohol is well hidden so this one could get you in trouble. Thanks Torry!