jercraigs (8060) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 22, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On my want list for the name alone. Amber body, small tan head fades. Premature hops leap out of the glass and peter off quickly to a rough grainy alcohol follow up. Dry, moderately bitter hops in the flavour are lightly astringent and washed out. Average palate. Bit dull, pleasant but not killer. “It’s more like the Happy Feet penguin barleywine!”
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 20, 2006
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Crystal-clear, red body - nearly no head at all...too filtered to be a true beer IMHO...The aroma is very metallic and pungent. It is sweet and filled with raisins, but something is not "quite right". The flavor is a little bit better, with more fruit flavors coming through, and a fuller hop/malt balance. The finish is fruity, filled with cherries and even vanilla. Somewhat bitter.
notalush (4993) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 20, 2006
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Clear ruby pour, with pretty much no head to speak of - the aroma is oddly tart, with notes of cherries and some spice, almost like a kriek, but the background alcohol and caramel malt remind you it’s a barleywine - thin bodied, with a rather weak flavor - some cherry and spices are present, with moderate bitterness - some light phenolic flavor - finishes with sythetic, corn syrup sweetness - way out of balance, and not terribly flavorful.
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - DEC 18, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Poured a red-brown with an average white head that quickly retreated and left some lacing. There was a medium dark bread aroma with som toasted grain and molasses sweetness. There was also a light doughy yeast aroma. There was even some bubble gum and cherry in the aroma along with some alcohol and a very light underlying vinegar. Not much hop aroma if any. Heavily sweet throughout the mouth with a short finish that becomes longer as it warms. This was a nice example of a barley wine but not quite as flavorful as some other barley wines I’ve tried. I just kept thinking it was just missing something. It also could have hid the alcohol better, it wasn’t an extreemly high abv., but it did have a little alcohol burn to it going down the throat.
fbennett (293) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 13, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This offering from Boulder Beer pours a dark caramel, ruby clear body, with just a touch of carbonated bubbles that leave a thin head spotchy and thin. The aroma is sweet caramel, toffee, bready, marshmellow. The taste starts smooth, nutty, tangy, sweet, with a barely a notice of that 10% abv it is touting. The finish is nice again you get a toffee, slightly herbal hoppy finish, that warms you up and can cap the night off as a great digestif.
smartlung (159) - Valrico, Florida, USA - DEC 11, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle from Kingdom Liquors - 2006 bottle - thin tan head, pretty malty and small hops, pretty well balanced and didnt taste the alcohol that much - very enjoyable!
yayforbeer (753) - Orange Park, Florida, USA - DEC 10, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at Broudys Holiday Beerfest,Jacksonville FL 12/2/2006. Good barleywine flavor with some sweetness and caramel. Fairly high octane, which I always appreciate. Not great, but good, and better than expected for Boulder.
bscanlon (18) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 6, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2006 bottle. I should have let this one rest for a while longer. Was a good blend of hops and malt. A good transition beer if you are not used to barleywines.
Arayaga2 (1811) - portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 4, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice reddish brown with medium large tan head. Aroma is pineappley hops, and taste is metallic and apple juicy with light carbonation. $6.25/22oz
grimreeser (797) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 1, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a nice amber with a medium sized head. Decent hoppy aroma, some caramel as well. Mellow flavor, some sweetness.