Maddog (368) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - DEC 10, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
An average barleywine at best. Thin and unremarkable. Sweet, but lacking depth and complexity. No where in the same league as the great BW’s like Thomas Hardy or Old Foghorn.
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 6, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
No head, dark clear ruby body. Aroma is molassis, cinnamon bread. Flavor starts bitter, warms with spices, molassis, sugar and alcohol. Somewhat unbalanced as bitterness dominates and makes the beer a little harsh. Maybe one for aging I guess.
wxman (1273) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - DEC 6, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bright garnet color with a tan head that thins out, but is small bead like a nitrogen stout. Aroma is vanilla and spice. Taste is vanilla as well along with moderate hop bitterness, pecans, and caramel. Don’t detect the 10% ABV. Goes down smooth.
Dogbrick (6824) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 4, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
2005 Bottle: Pours dark reddish amber with a medium thin beige head that lasts pretty well. Thin, stringy lacing. Aroma of malt and raisins. Not very full-bodied considering the ABV, with malt and spice flavors primarily, along with a touch of dark fruit. The finish is kind of syrupy and sweet. All in all this one just didn’t seem to come together for me.
heemer77 (5053) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - DEC 4, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Purchased a bomber in Wichita, I am surprised there are so few ratings. The body is a dark amber with a khaki colored thin head. The aroma shows that this is a massive beer. Caramel and light chocolate come out. There is also some pears and a little bit of gingerbread cookies. The taste is rich with toffee, milk chocolate and some high quality tobacco. There is also a little bit of peaches in the finish. The alcohol is not detected, but this does have a sticky mouthfeel. More carbonation than I expected for a massive beer. I enjoyed this one. This is not hopped up like a lot of other American barley wines, but it works for me.
Darkover (1506) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 2, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark amber with a small beige head. Aroma is a strange caramel and hop mix. Flavor of caramel, raisons and a little hops.
Aubrey (3356) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - DEC 2, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Medium burgundy-brown; fading, light tan head. Mild carbonation; syrupy; curiously light body was kind of disappointing. Malts were richly sweet, with chocolate-covered caramel flavors. Had a sweet and woody vanilla aroma, along with a pinch of maple. Hops were grassy and somewhat pine-like with a pinch of citrus. 10 percent was hidden well behind a blanket of sweetness. Caramel sweetness became a bit much halfway down the bottle, and the mild bitterness didn’t cut through well enough.
hippie4beer (162) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - DEC 2, 2005
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2005 Bottle. Thanks to SNOWTIGER. Pours a ruby brown color with a bubbly head. Aroma of hops and notes of alcohol. Flavor is weak on the hops with a sweet malt to it. The body is extremely weak and watered down. Doesn’t have a 10% abv taste. Mediocre.
** Beer gets better as the temp cools down. Just discovered this.
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - NOV 29, 2005
1.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Clear borwn liquid with zerobubbles any where. Nose is caramel and caramel only.Not at all what I envision for a Barley Wine. Taste flat and like a caramel candy bar.A lousey representation of the style.drainpour.
amboston (5) - Massachusetts, USA - NOV 28, 2005 does not count
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This beer is one of the best for Boulder Brewing.
A bit of caramel taste with a hint of nut and spice.
The Aroma has a bit more alcohol in it for the years past.
Over all I would say one of the best Barley wines Ive had.