mcbackus (758) - Merritt Island, Florida, USA - SEP 17, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle red wax 2006: pours an amber huewith a good size head with some lacing. aroma of slightly burnt caramel malts. dark fruits of raisins. dark sugars and some earth hops pretty nice but very young smellilng. flavour is of dark fruits and sugars, some background of toffee like malts. pretty sweet tastingbarley wine. finishes with a nice short lasting after taste.
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - SEP 16, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2006 Bomber from kmweaver. Thanks Ken. Pours with little to no head, except for a small bubble ring around the edge of the glass. Deep amber color with high clarity. Buttery melanoidal malt aroma. Flavor is still a bit sharp, despite the year of age. Sweet, medium to low hop bitterness of the grapefruit variety. Alchohol presents itself. Not well hidden, but not bad either. Best with cheese. I like this much better than the breakfast stout I had yesterday.
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - SEP 3, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a clear copper amber with a big, light tan head . Smells of big dark fruits, malts, berries, and maybe some plums. The taste is pretty big on the alcohol, the malts and dark fruits reign supreme in the taste as well. Kind of thin on the palate, maybe a touch watery, but not too bad. Fruity sweet finish with a mildly bitter aftertaste. Pretty unintereting barleywine. Nothing special about it at all.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: FEB 12, 2008 Date: 02/10/2007
Source: Brewfest, Extreme Beer
clear dark amber, wispy head,
rich dark caramel aroma with earthy hops,
rich sweet caramel flavor, lots of earthy bitterness and a long bitter finish,
needs age to mellow the rough edges
Score: 3.1 to 3.4
sweet and fruity aroma with some fusel alcohols that fade a bit but never totally disappears,
body gets creamy as it warms,
rich and fruity flavor, much lighter bitterness allows the fruit to come through stronger but still offers balance, only a hint of the fusel alcohols at first and then fades away, the bitterness slowly grows as it warms,
age has helped but more would be better,
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 13/20
Source: Tasting, Cellar Party
clear dark blood red, frothy beige head,
dry caramel malt aroma with lots of earthy hops,
sweet caramel malt flavor, touch of candy sweetness, light fruity character that will improve with age, lots of earthyness for balance,
truely a beer to age,
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 13/20
henry3r (586) - Wichita, Kansas, USA - AUG 22, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
The 22 ounce vintage 2006 bottle poured a clear, deep reddish-orange colored beverage with an ample frothy light tan head that was fully lasting and left great lacing on the glass. The aroma was complex and strong as one would expect with ample notes of malt and grapefruit-like hops. The body was full with lively carbonation and a smooth, slightly dry texture. The flavor started out just a bit on the sweet side but quickly took on a typical light tart character. The finish was lasting and had a nice alcohol warmth in the chest.
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 8, 2007
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2006 Bottle Vintage, sampled August 2007
I’ll admit to the fact that I have been sort of avoiding this beer for quite some time; I haven’t heard too many great things about it, but there is only one way to really know.
Topped by a frothy, initially three finger thick, tan colored head in my 25cl tulip glass. The beer is a lightly hazed, reddish amber colored brew. Up front the aroma is a concentrated mix of hop and malt character. Almost immediately though it starts to pick up a note reminiscent of rancid cheddar cheese, fungal focused mushrooms, and dirty old socks; somehow these lost, out of place aromatic notes bring a smile to my face as they make me think how much I would like to be smelling a funky Lambic beer right now. Alas this is no lambic, and the funk just gets in the way of the concentrated malt and hop character that should be the sole focus of this beer. The malt and hop aromatics are noticeable, in fact they are bigger than the funk (which is just so out of place that it is quite noticeable); notes of caramel, toasted grain, sweet citrus and a herbal, almost menthol-like hop character. Interestingly enough the super funky aromatics seem to dissipate, for the most part, after a short bit of time leaving nothing but a tainted memory for the nose to live through.
The flavor is lightly sweet for a beer of this stature; the malt sweetness is well balanced by a herbal hop character and bitterness. Candied grapefruit peel, a zesty carbonation, notes of pine and a touch of minty basil help to balance and even at times show up the malt character of this beer. The malt character focuses on crystal malt like notes of caramel, toasted grain, sweet raisins, brown sugar coated biscuits, and even some hints of roasted malt character in the finish (perhaps reminiscent of almost black toast, or even lightly roasted, spent coffee grounds. The beer has a solid bitterness, though it is certainly not on the high end for an American-styled Barleywine.
The aroma of this beer started out down-right wrong, but seemed to correct itself after being allowed to breath for a bit. Luckily by the time I got to the taste, the really weird funky notes had almost all but disappeared, if they were ever noticeable. In the end this beer is quite a bit more enjoyable that I had feared; part of this may have been my initial low expectations and the fact that the aroma started out so poorly; the beer recovered though and has become quite a tasty tipple. The lesson, definitely let this beer sit for a while after you pour it to give it a chance to breath and open up.
jgentgesdo (679) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - JUL 8, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours ruby with a tan head that is kinda fizzy but laces well. Nose is creamy malt and molasses. Initial bitter notes in the flavor are quickly overwhelmed by sweet maltiness, plums, and the finishing alcohol bite. Medium body, oily or creamy mouthfeel. Pretty good stuff.
scottmc (167) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - JUL 6, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is the best Barley Wine I have ever had. A great start with a heavy almost purple/dark red body and heavy tinted head. Finishes with a great after taste and not too dry. The extra malts give it a heavy flavorful taste that is to die for. A great Beer.
DragonStout (1408) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - JUL 5, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a nice dark amber color with a small thinning head.aroma is sweet.Flavors of cereal,syrup and fruit.The alcohol crept up on you but not overdone.Has a slight bitter finish
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 7, 2007
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle sampled. Pours copper with a small off-white head. Aroma of caramel malts, fruit, and alcohol. The flavor is sweet caramel, alcohol is present, slight dark fruits, and mildly bitter. Body is thin, just ok.