oakbluff (410) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - FEB 25, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2006 vintage. Pours a fairly light caramel (for a barleywine anyways). Not much head, although decent lacing. First taste was moderately hoppy with frankly a thinnish malt backbone. It doesnít seem to have the creamy mouthfeel Iím looking for in this style. That being said, its quite drinkable. Not one of those slow sippers. Finish is dry with some tobacco notes. Overall- decent brew for a cold snowy day like today.
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - FEB 25, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2006 22 oz. bottle - Pours a deep amber color with a 3/4 finger thick off white head. Very light spotty lacing. Aroma is esters (apple), toasted malt, and brown sugar. Flavor is very subtle. Caramel malt and light esters. Medium body. Thin palate for a BW. Not one of the better BWís, but worth a try.
DocLock (7502) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 21, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Caponeís. Red wax sealed bomber. Pours a nice candy apple ruby color with 1-finger off-white head. Aroma is caramel malt, figgy fruit, brown sugar, some notes of scotch, cognac, cabernet, and oaky bourbon. Fairly dense palate, with flavors of dense malt, on the tart side, with some fruit, cognac, and oaky bourbon spirity notes. Almost a beer/spirit hybrid, this one is not for lightweights.
zebracakes (1339) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 18, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
At the 2nd Annual Hell With The Lid Off Barley Wine Festival at Kellyís Bar in East Liberty, Pittsburgh. Clear amber, thin head. Aroma is malt, candied caramel, grass, tomato. Flavor is grass, malt, caramel.
thebaldwizard (1205) - Ohio, USA - FEB 14, 2007
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Sweet malt aroma with some bitterness, and earthy hops make up the aroma. Dark brown with a cherry wood look. Full palate has lots of alcohol, peppery flavors and some malt. Not too great.
spector (906) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - FEB 14, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Lots of sweet malt in the aroma.Pours a deep copper with a medium off white head.Sweet malt and alcohol dominate the flavor.Medium mouthfel with a lot of alcohol in the finish.
unclemattie (4039) - Georgia, USA - FEB 13, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I would love to try this one again. Golden color. creamy texture. Strong aromas of chocolate.
Cornfield (5362) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - FEB 6, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Looks great, a dark reddish amber, crystal clear, with a slender tan head that lasts none too long. The aroma has a sharp caramel, a drop of molasses, alcohol, tart fruits, and bitter nuts. Smooth. The flavor isnít complex, but itís fairly satisfying... especially since Iíve been "playing" outside in our frigid temperatures too long today. Caramel, a citric tang, molasses, and a floral bitterness make up the flavor - nicely blended. It finishes on a bittersweet, sticky note with a low alcohol burn. Not bad at all.
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Funknmilla (673) - Wayne, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 5, 2007
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2007 Copper/honey like color..dirty foam (stained)..not much substance, simple tasty finish, mild hops, no real aroma...mix with a hint of guilt...delish!!
MrBunn (2384) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 2, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle with wax over bottlecap. 2006 vintage. Pour is absolutely beautiful. Wonderful copper color with a one finger tight head that dies down quickly and is already starting to lace on the sides of the glass. The surface of the beer is now left with a film of the tiniest bubbles. As it is warming the aromas are getting better and better. Pineapple and caramel are the main draws, and while not overpowering or remarkably complex, it is nice. Flavor is OK... caramel malt is the backbone, but there are lots of little side currents that please... the pineappley hops, the dark fruit and molasses like tang, the alcoholís warmth. The one knock that Iíd make is that it has a very thin mouthfeel for a BW.