drewbeerme (3879) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 13, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
rating from memory, 2005 vintage, had pretty fresh. poured copper with tan head. nose is pretty fruity, hoppy, and sweet. flavor is pretty caramelly sweet and mild bitterness. pretty sticky and cloying, sweet finish. not too good.
vyvvy (3999) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - MAR 7, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours clear bronze with a soapy tan head. The aroma is sweet toasty malt, wtih some creamy fruit and a cotton candy-like sweetness. Medium body with quite a bit of sharp carbonation. The taste is sweet and sharp - neither hops or malt taste big enough. There is some malt and it has a tinniness to it. The finish has some spicy and woody hops. The more it warms the more sticky and cloying it gets. This is pretty boring for a barleywine.
mabel (5789) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 26, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
[144-20061221] Bottle. Sweet boozy aroma. Clear, orange-amber body with a quick creamy off-white head. Tastes like sweet yam, light wood, and a bit of bitter grain. Medium body. Bitter togetherness and comfy around a fireplace but there’s something wanting.
oakbluff (414) - 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 doesn’t seem to have the creamy mouthfeel I’m 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 BW’s, but worth a try.
DocLock (7861) - 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 Capone’s. 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 Kelly’s 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 (4189) - 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.