harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - MAR 18, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very hazy, deep and murky with a teeny tiny ring of bubbles, and no head to speak of. Aroma is immediately sweet candied fruits and brown sugar. Rich nutty malts and sweet maple syrup. Body is way too light and and flavors fade way too quickly, but while they are initially on your palate they are delicious. Body could be a little thicker, it is sweet buy not cloying, but becomes challenging to finish.
BrewDad (4844) - Olympia, Washington, USA - MAR 11, 2006
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
[2006 Lucky Labrador Barley Wine & Big Beer Festival]
4oz Taster - A strong ale, A very strong malt presence. Hops where hardly noticeable. A Dark reddish brown color with a nice light head. This was a good taster and a good sipping brew. Get out the skis and fake cast, cigar and a snifter full of this brew.
oldrtybastrd (3223) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 2, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a hazy reddish brown. Aromas of hops, caramel malts, kind of medicinal. Flavor is to strong for me, big alcohol taste, malty with a funky yeasty taste.
igneous1 (1492) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - FEB 19, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
reddish-brown color, beige head. nothing too exciting in the aroma. flavor is loaded with chocolate, little bit of spice, hint of alcohol, vanilla with an earthy finish.
omhper (19216) - TyresŲ, SWEDEN - FEB 19, 2006
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Draught at Rose and Raindrop, Portland. Clear nut brown. Grassy lemon juice aroma. Somewhat syrupy and vinous with thick mouthfeel. Creates a sweet/sour sensation that Iím not terribly sure I like.
LolaLovesBeer (17) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 11, 2006
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
An energetic pour into a snifter resulted in a small, flash-in-the-pan, tan head. Itís a pretty reddish, brown color but the body is SO thin and watery, not what I expected. I like the aggressive, trash talking label and waited until I was in the mood to open it, thinking I was going to get a rich, full, dynamic, barley wine. The aroma is pleasant, too mild, but nice caramel and spice scents. I didnít spit it out and after the initial shock I actually enjoyed it for what it was. I donít think Iíll have another.
badgerben (4386) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - FEB 8, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
2005 Vintage. Dark red color with a whispy head. Strong aroma of malt and raw barley. Taste oddly switched to dry malt and finished quite bitter. Nothing horribly wrong, just nothing inspiring either.
tjthresh (1865) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - JAN 30, 2006
1.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 5/20
2005 bottle poured into a snifter. Aromas of honey, maple, faint hops and alcohol. All quite mild. Very underwhelming. An aggressive pour conjured up a head the fizzed out within seconds. Looks like black cherry Kool-Aid. The flavor also leave something to be desired. You catch some caramel, honey flavors, but nothing interesting. The mouthfeel is just as thin as it looks. Watery, with an alcohol burn. Hope this gets better for next year.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JAN 30, 2006
1.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
22 oz bottle (2005) from Premier Gourmet in Buffalo NY (Dec 2005). Cellar temperature in a Maudite glass. Very little head forms and even less survives a minute atop the dark ruddy molasses body....big burnt-sugar, agressive hoppy tone immediately in the nose; wet dried wood and a rather stale malt component lessen the impact....the flavor is syrupy-sweet and fairly hoppy, sort of a maple-honey-brown sugar meets fresh pine and burnt tar....and it just doesnít work at all...the sugars seem not nearly fermented out, itís like drinking a sugar-spiced IPA more than anything, though the hops arenít distinct and interesting enough to really help matters. Alcohol becomes way too prominent as it warms; carbonation quite low. I donít know where Iím going with this, but it may be to the drain....a mess.
AlchemistZ (493) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - JAN 28, 2006
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Translucent, tawny brown color, bright clarity, with a thin, tan head that dissolves quickly. Aroma is rich, dessert-like, crystallized, caramel sugar with some milk chocolate, toffee, and dark fruit like figs and raisins that makes this more like a strong belgian brown ale. Flavor has many of the aroma components but a strong hop bitterness and hot alcohol detracts from the palate. The malt flavors already taste like they have been cellared for many years, even syrupy in texture, and even have an oxidized note to them. Drink now...age at your own risk.