11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - MAR 10, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
2005 12oz. bottle from Aubrey. Pours out a light brown color with just a bit of opacity to it. A scant off-white head forms and fades out quickly leaving spotty lacing behind. Aroma is reminiscent of caramel, a hint of brown sugar. Hops don’t really hit the olfactory. Medium bodied, a bit thin at times with a fairly forward alcohol presence. Towards the finish a moderate hop bitterness appears to balance the malt flavors initially present. Fair BW. Just lacking in some areas that make me take notice.
dwyerpg (4508) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - FEB 23, 2006
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Smells like molasses, which is always a good start. Honey, piney, thick, and a little sweet like a doppelbock. Different, but too sweet to be a top notch barleywine.
waolsen (1353) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - FEB 19, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
tap. Amber coloring with frothy creamy egg colored head. Oak barrel, port scent. Very smooth taste port, oak, hops. I picked up some orange. Bitter bite with dry aftertaste. Nice beer.
MullMan (1099) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 9, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at Dickinsonbeer’s NJ January gathering. reddish orangey cloudy color, tannish foamy head. slightly syrupy malt aroma. low carbonation. malty/syrupy flavor. dryish finish but still malty sweet.
IMtheOptimator (1161) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - JAN 31, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to Dickinsonbeer for sharing this at the January gathering. Poured a dark clouydy amber with an off-white head. Aroma is sweet caramel and bubble gum. Flavor is light yeasty bubble gum with a hint of pine hops. Not as rich as their IIPA.
OldGrowth (2617) - North Carolina, USA - JAN 24, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, from trade with snowtiger. Good nose, sweet. Lots of fruit, fig,raisin, plum, orange, grapefruit. Hints of peanut. Hazy orangy brown color, no head, minor lacing. Bitter flavor, sour. Like aroma with grapefruit, burnt grain flavor being the most prominant. Medium body, creamy oily litely fizzy mouthfeel, bitter citrusy finish. ABV bites on finish. Ok, but brash right now. Some mellowing is needed, IMO. Lack of head and somewhat lifeless mouthfeel knocked it down for me.
jigglyjock (161) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 9, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Little head, and medium red/brown color for a barley wine. Has characteristics of a double IPA. Meaning the rich maltiness with a grapefruit flavor. Along with that, it had a soft balanced hop content and a sweet rasain accent. I like this English interpretation of a barley wine.
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 11, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
No head, clear brown with minimal bubbles. Aroma is spicy, doughy, and sweet. Taste is malty, sweet, and with a big alcohol punch. Hops appear in the finish for a little bit. The beer was a little too hot for me, and somewhat one diminsional. Well made though.
JCW (1274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 26, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAR 13, 2007 This a barleywine that I could drink a few of, but is too sweet and characterless to drink many of. Most barleywines are too sweet for me, but I can drink them because of the hops or a distinctive flavor of the malts. This one is fig type sweet, but not that distinctive. I like it, I think it will age well, but for now, its a pretty good barleywine. Thanks go to Crosling for this one.
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - OCT 13, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Copper color. Brown sugar, dried fruit and caramel in the aroma. I find the flavor to be very rich and well balanced, although it isn’t as expressive as you would think it would be, considering it’s an 11% barley wine. It has a very nice and well balanced vanilla, mocha and caramel flavor and the hops are pretty subdued, for the ibu’s and hops used. The body is creamy and provides a nice mouth experience. Gotta say I like this beer. Wish another store besides Liquor Max stocked it, so I could stock up the cellar.