Beerdedone (2494) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 30, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
pours a dark reddish amber with a medium thin beige head aroma of caramel and light brown sugar taste of nutty malts & sweet maple syrup a very clean finish drinkable & tasty
jgd0608 (187) - Zeeland, Michigan, USA - JAN 27, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bomber, pours a dark amber. Smells of citrus and hops. Smooth taste, with hops, but an unpleasant aftertaste of metallic. Other than that taste this would be a damn nice beer.
ford9719 (371) - Vilseck, GERMANY - JAN 27, 2007
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. thanks to jdg0608. Poured a tannish reddish color. Aroma of hops and malt. Taste hops and citrus and malt is the very present.
ehhdayton (1188) - USA - JAN 22, 2007
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a golden brown with a light tan head. The aroma is mild with some maltiness and a little bit of hops. Rather weak tasting for a barlywine with a little bit of mailtiness and barely a touch of hops. Somewhat disappointing overall.
ryan (3187) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - JAN 15, 2007
2.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 8/20
Clear amber, heavily filtered body with a big, fluffy white head. The aroma is heavy with the caramel and toffee with some resinous pine. The flavor is moderately sweet, lots of caramel, not much else. Body is watery and lifelessly thin.
Gorbalev (2893) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 15, 2007
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared with GregClow, Hogtown Harry, Mabel, Jerc, and Blankboy, courtesy of Harry. 2006 Bottle. Ruby red, foamy white head. Mild fruit and alcohol in weak aroma. Nice soft malt taste. No alcohol really. No complexity at all. Finishes better, with some wood and slight alcohol notes. Maybe it is just too young; what is here is nice enough, but there just is not much here. Great name though.
GuilTTy (728) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - JAN 11, 2007
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
22 oz Bomber. Hazy rich amber supporting a small but dense off white head with faint lacing. The aroma is more in line with a standard amber ale than a barleywine with predominant notes of caramel and a touch of citrus. Citrusy flavor with more hop presence than expected in a barleywine but typical overripe fruit and some port-like notes dance about as well. Alcohol reveals itself in the otherwise long and sweet finish. To be fair, I sampled this one when it was probably too cold so Iíll rerate after allowing another to warm a bit.
Pailhead (4416) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - JAN 10, 2007
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle: Courtesy of Styles. The aroma consists of fruit, caramel, and some off chemical vapors. It pours a transparent amber with a small white head. The flavor starts with some faint caramel that quickly fades to some citrus hops with some off chemical flavors and alcohol. There are some hints of peach in the background. The chemical aroma and flavor just isnít very pleasing and the alcohol is not covered up enough.
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 10, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2006. 22oz bomber. Deep ruby garnet hue. Sparse spiraling bone white head. Sticky malty sweet aroma. Full bodied with sweet malts and a bitter finish. Lively malt flavors. Cocoa and red fruit. Bready and toffee. Smooth initial flavor. Burn is apparent but nothing crazy. Finish is bitter and sticky. Lively and pleasant. Effervescent. Slight cola dried fruit flavor. Finish has a sweet and bitter dichotomy. Well done in my eyes.
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - JAN 9, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a ruby/copper color with a large head, that reduces itself to a lasting ring oí foam fairly quickly. Aroma is of sugar, biscuits, butter, pears, and alcohol. The malt flavors blend pretty well, and tastes of some caramel and toffee, but thereís also some pear and citrus/bitter hop flavor. I taste a bit of that booziness as well. Pretty hot from the alcohol. Finishes with some dark/dried fruit flavors, some toast and a slightly off-putting Pinesol-like hop finish. Like others said, this is a bit light bodied for a barleywine. Would be better labelled as winter warmer, with less alcohol. Due to the lighter body, this beer canít hide its heat which makes the booziness out of place. Pretty good creaminess though. A decent beer.