Lowe1983 (1309) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - FEB 3, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours an amber color with an off-white head. Aroma is of caramel malts, dark fruits, and some toffee. Aroma isnít as strong as I was hoping. Much too sweet for a barley wine which is saying a lot. Not very much alcohol warming for 9.5% either. Not what I was hoping for.
badlizard (5526) - Berkeley, California, USA - DEC 28, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
650 ml bottle from bevmo, Medium brown with almost no head. Sweet malty and fruity aroma and taste with some interesting spice notes. Decent.
DYCSoccer17 (3158) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 22, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22 ounce bottle purchased from Nugget in Woodland, CA. Husky, lightly vinous, caramel-like aroma present. Some sugary sweet notes attempt to hide a fair amount of ethanol in the nose, too. Transparent ruby-twinged amber body with a medium, quickly-dissipating light yellowish head. Decent lacing present. Hrmmm...dusty, brown sugary and molasses flavors definitely make an appearance. Perhaps a touch of cocoa and caramel is in there, too? Some definite ethanol burn and bitterness is present later, along with a little bit of hoppiness. A sweeter, different barleywine. Still harsh, and not up to my ideals when it comes to a barleywine.
Ratman197 (8532) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - DEC 7, 2007
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bomber poured a clear reddish brown with a small lasting amber head. Aromas of carmel, toffee, brown sugar, pepper, light spice and a hint of dark fruit. Palate was medium bodied crisp and warming. Flavors of carmel, brown sugar, fig and raisin with a crisp warming bittersweet finish. Not a bad Barleywine, it just doesínt stand up against all the great Barleywines out there.
GG (2019) - NorCal, California, USA - NOV 14, 2007
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Had this beer while tailgating w/ my brother and friends at the Raider v Bears game. Nothing really extraordinary about this beer in either the nose or aroma. The nose is mostly caramel malts, light perfumey/floral hop notes and alcohol. Appearance is clear, dark amber in color with a minimal off-white head. Flavor is very one dimensional with caramel sweetness coming on strong. Nothing horrible at all, and for the price itís not bad (under $3.00 for 22oz) but donít expect anything above average.
Indra (2536) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - OCT 30, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz. bottle, 2005 vintage, from Bottleworks in Seattle. Sweet, doughy aroma, some toffee and toasty sweetness, light apricot and other dried fruits, faintly nutty as well. Clear light amber-red color, head is fine and slight, but leaves some nice lacing. Nose gains some mild phenols and perfume as it warms. Flavor is mostly sweet, lots of caramel and toffee but with balancing fruit and hop spice, mild bitterness and even some herbal touches towards the finish. Mild warmth on the palate, some lightly peppery alcohol here. Smooth with a low level of effervescence, some light stickiness and a full body. I liked this quite a bit better than most, it appears.
Gregis (1276) - Shawnee, Kansas, USA - OCT 17, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle of 2005 shared by Indra at theistiís tasting 10/12. Pours a deep orange with a thin, creamy, beige head that reduces to a skin of bubbles at the surface. The nose is sweet and malty with notes of doughy sweetbread and dark rum. Medium-bodied and somewhat "gritty" in the mouthfeel, it concludes with a quick, dry finish that shows a little alcohol heat. The flavor follows the nose with additional notes of apple, plum and raisin. A decent barleywine, but a bit rough and hot for my tastes. Thanks for sharing this one, Eric.
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - OCT 17, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a clear deep amber with a lasting off-white head. The aroma is very fruity, med-caramelly, toffee-like, with some grassy, earthy hop notes followed by a slight sherry qulaity. The body is med. with a perfect amount of CO2. Flavors are ripe with dark fruits, sweet caramel and nutty toffee. Finish oh-so balanced. I have had my share of barleywines and I donít know what the rest of you are looking for but this is nice and very well balanced. Maybe thatís the problem for most...too well balanced? Not extreme? Just a really well-crafted beer? Is that bad?
theisti (3008) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - OCT 16, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 1, 2007 22 oz bottle from Indra at my tasting 10/12. 2005 vintage. Pour is clear orange - amber with almost no head. Only a bit of off white clinging to the edge of the glass. Aroma of sweet caramel. Taste is fairly muted sweet caramel with a very crisp hop bitter finish. Good, thoroughly well made. Thanks for bringing this one Eric.
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 14, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle, from Bev Mo LaJolla, 2005 version. Pours a deep orange-pecan color, hazy, with a small white head. Aroma of caramel, orange spice, brown sugar, herbs, plum, light floral and citrus hops. Sweet and malty, ripe peach, caramel, spicey-piney hops, pepper, brown sugar, apricot, alcohol and hints of grapefruit in the finish. Full body, smooth with light carbonation. The 2 years have served this well, with the overall brew smoothing and malt character coming more prominent, (though a little overly sweet).