PorterPounder (5928) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 7, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tallahassee, Fl. - Liquor Loft - 22 oz bomber with a waxed seal - 2007 bottle. Dark burnt orange to dark tan pour with a light off-white head. Floral-like aroma with some spruce, hints of mint and a bit of booze. Flavor has some bourbon undertones, citrusy notes, sweet cake mix and caramel. Smooth mouthfeel that turns quite vacant near the end of the bottle - probably could use some aging. Overall, decent.
Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 5, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Copper-amber body. Small wispy head. Sweet, caramel malty hot nose. Metallic at end. Not very impressive even with age.
LearninBeer (411) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - DEC 4, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2007 bottle. The aroma is of molasses, raisins, prunes maybe a touch of pine. There is virtually no head, a little lacing. The body is clear and black/copper in color. The initial flavor is a little bitter, sweet. The finish is long and turns a touch acidic. Probably get another bottle to age. The body is medium, the texture creamy and the carbonation soft.
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - DEC 3, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Fresh 2007 vintage. Interesting barleywine. Lots of dried fruits: prunes and raisins especially. Leather. Pound cake. Mint and fresh cut grass. Pours a rich toasted amber with a frothy white head. Flavor is quite sweet... even for a barleywine. Lots of maple syrup, brown sugar and honey. Dried pitted dark fruits. More brown sugar finishing with zesty citrusy dry hops. Medium to full bodied. Not that viscous and oily given its high sweetness.
Aurelius (4560) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - NOV 30, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dessert-y cake aroma crossed with a pruney AIPA. Nice sealing wax top, donít care for the label. Darkish, clear mahogany brew. Vanilla, tangerine, caramel milkshake flavor with moderate hopping. Better as it warmed. Chainmail foam that clings to the side of the glass. Woody, lightly sweet finish with a milky body. Kind of like a baseball game -- brief flashes of interesting stuff with pretty big tracts of boredom. But then, thatís why you drink beer at the ballpark. Looks like this is going to finish out my November 2007 ratings unless the Beer Fairy shows up here in the next couple of hours. A little better than fair.Market Square Liquors.
hayduke (3552) - Eureka, California, USA - NOV 25, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
From a 2007 22oz bottle this poured a very clear red to burgundy that looked like a fine red wine in the glass except for the small reddish tan head. Nose was caramel malts with citrus hops. Medium mouthfeel, and a mild bitterness mixed into fruits. Alcohol a bit too apparent. Long bitter finish. I think this could have been a little warmer when I drank it for top performance.
pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - NOV 21, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
2007 bottle. Pours a rich clear crisp burgundy reddish brown with a dense light tan creamy head. The nose is very lightly sweet with subdued malt. A bit more toasty than caramelly. A bit of a citrus rind hop note. A bit oaky and dusty with a touch of bootleather. Subdued carbonation with a bit of viscosity, but not nearly enough for the style, in my opinion. A bit more sticky than creamy or smooth. A good bit tannic overriding the low malt profile. Much more toast than caramel. A good measure of alcohol. A bit of soapy citrusy hops. Dry and not so sweet or round as Iíd hope a barleywine to be. The alcohol forward dryness is more in line with an american strong ale, especially given the bits of dark malt in this beer. Toast and slight roast. A good bit of oaky cherry in the finish. Long and dry lingering aftertaste of toast. Not the greatest barleywine Iíve had, Iíll put it that way.I donít know if age would have helped.
nolankowal (936) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 21, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Red pour with an off white head. Aroma of citrus, caramel malt. Flavor of earthy hops, booze, sweet caramel malt and some some grapefruit. Medium body, bittersweet/boozey with a sweet finish.
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - NOV 13, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours lite coffee brown w/ a full, semi creamy froth. Good hangtime receding to a full thick canopy and ring. Aromas are sweet w/ rasins and cakebread. Full nectar w/ creamy residual effers. Nice! Huge toasted chocolate cakebread steals the show. Bread pudding with white grapes comes to mind. This is an interesting specimen. Only midly bittered at best w/ a touch of peachpit. Nuances of cherry, plumb, and cocoa compliment this well made brew. The finish is long and sweet w/ lingering cakebread.
RSRIZZO (1876) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - SEP 18, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: FEB 2, 2008 Had this beer on 1/2/2006. Aroma is a deep rich sweet malt scent. Color is a brown amber with light carbonation and a very thin head. Taste is smooth and sweet. Starting off with a medium body it goes down with a very smooth feel. The finish comes out easy with light sweet tones of malt backed by a gentle bitterness and leaves you with a warm alcohol feel. Its a bit lighter then other Barley Wines and a bit more drinkable.
2/2/08 - 2007í bottleing.Aroma is a rich sweet scent with dried orange tones. Color is deep rich orange amber with slow carbonation making it look like it may be thick. Head is thin but tight. Taste is rich yet clean. Starting with a medium body it goes down crisp. Finish comes in with a sweet dried fruit flavor then a faint citrus taste and an alcohol feel. In the after taste is this wonderful dried orange peel flavor that rides out the alcohol feel. This is the best this beer has ever been