SDalkoholic (1998) - Linda Vista, California, USA - NOV 9, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Fill the glass as a fizzy mahogany liquid with small head that dies. Faint in the aroma with little smell of malt and perhaps wood as well. Not a whole lot of flavor worth discussing besides that its sour and holds a mild malt backbone. Slight caramel and wood is detected with addition of cigar tabacco. Alcohol presence goes undetected with only its effect the key to noticing it. Fancy bottle and all but the bw falls shy from really winning me over.
nick76 (4125) - Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 1, 2006
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
The aroma has alcohol, caramel, and herbal hops. The appearance is orange-brown with a small head. The flavor has lots of brown sugar, alcohol, and citrus. The palate is a little thin. Overall itís OK but not great.
Palidor19 (2841) - Brandon, Florida, USA - NOV 1, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A true delight of flavor, warms the belly up with its taste of malts and strong hops. the taste is of sweet candy and caramel. hops are very citrus in character. Very Good
BŁckDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - OCT 24, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Nose of sweet plum, tons of caramel malt and a bit of alcohol. Sweet plummy hops and caramel are strong. The flavor is a bit thin with a light menthol note and some expected candyish hop notes and sweet malts. A bit unbalanced, but still has a nice nutty character. A bit of overbearing alcohol in the tial. Nice.
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 31, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour is haze amber with a thin tan head...smell is strongly malty and bready...taste is sweet and grainy...
zach8270 (3037) - Henrietta, New York, USA - MAY 26, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(bottle - 22 oz: 2005 vintage) Murky copper pour with not much of a head. Aroma is very rich and malty with dark fruits and candy sugar. Flavor begins kind of malty with some bitterness in the middle and a very smooth and malty finish. Aftertaste is slightly bitter. Warming, but hides the alcohol well. Very muted.
kepano (245) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAY 25, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
The attractive copper robe and fizzy beige head of this beer, show a certain flair you might not expect from a blackbird with conjunctivitis. Pleasant on the nose, yet not terribly exciting, its aroma features honey, toasted caramel, wheat bread, burnt grains and the light touch of alcohol. Not a fascinating experience but I must admit, I like this direction more than the usual American barleywines that are so commonly over-hopped. The mouthfeel is slightly syrupy and generically malty but it seems watered-down especially as the flavor disappears with no hint of an aftertaste. While I feel insulted by the label, I would dare say the recipe needs far more work. Not a bad barleywine, but donít make it a special occasion.
kujo9 (1090) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - MAY 5, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle, 2005, or so the little wooden ball marker sealed w/ wax says: Deep coppery amber w/ a short lived, thin, cream colored head. Sherry notes and deep caramel malt aromas at first, followed by some faint hop aroma. Mostly sweet malts w/ a bit of bready and toasted notes and dried apricot fruitiness and raisiny notes when it warms. Well balanced overall. Neither hops nor malts dominate flavor, but they all meld together well into some sublte, but very distinct characteristics. Toasty malt, caramel, sherry, some light raisiny fruit, a very light bitterness @ the finish which is semi dry for a barleywine. A little bit of a nutty flavor mid palate. Aftertaste is herbal hop and very light, but lingering. Fuller medium body, lower medium carbonation, well hidden alcohol, and a lightly dry m/f at the very finish. All in all, a very tasty and well made BW. I like that it is more English than American in the flavor and aroma as it is not hop dominant, but malt accented. I like this one
5000 (5600) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAR 23, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Ruby tinted dark caramel, thin light beige fizzy head, spotty lacing.   Cinnamon & raisin bread aroma, slight honeycomb cereal.   Interesting nose to say the least.   Malty start, low hop bitterness, fairly sweet, with the aformentioned honeycomb.   Slightly grainy.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate, not too far from being full tho.   Clean finish.   Lingering honeycomb and sweet citrus rind.   I enjoyed the honeycomb cereal, but dont care for it in my beer.   Still, not bad.   Thanks Ernest for the freebie!
PhillyBeer2112 (2473) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - MAR 22, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Strong and earthy. The hop aroma is pretty forward with definite grapefruit notes. Alcohols are there too. Sweet dark fruity malts are apparent, with a slight caramel-raisin character. Thereís a weird, dark earthiness to the finish, that when mixed with the alcoholic finish, detracts from the overall quality.