OldGrowth (2935) - the Containment Area, 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 (165) - Longmont, Colorado, 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 (1277) - 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 (1864) - Fort Collins, 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.
ChristianSA (368) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 12, 2005
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, enjoyed with some hard manchego cheese and black olives.Light chestnut with small diminishing head. When the bottle is opened I picked up a whiff of wet socks worn in sneakers for several hours - however as the aroma evolved it got more pleasant with hints of esters and some alcohol. Flavor is rather balanced to wards a classic English Barleywine, with the hops playing in the background, providing mostly bitterness. Smooth syrupy mouth feel with light carbonation.
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - OCT 9, 2005
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Translucent almandine body with a fading ring of bubbles. Nose-sweet, clean, crisp classic American barleywine nose. Taste-moderate sweetness with a very odd garbage juice finish. Spciy pepper, cherry, bitter hops, and alcohol. This beer does not utilize aroma and flavor hops like it should. This unbalance lets the sickly seetness take over and dominate, leaving a very nasty aftertaste.
Kevin (2156) - New Mexico, USA - OCT 4, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
dark iced tea pour with a short yellow head. aroma of bacon, lemon, yeast, and syrup. dark fruit flavor that is more grape than anything else. really strong alcohol flavor that melds with a dough character. finish is saffron raisin and smooth burbon. i know there is no burbon here, but that comes to mind. the sffron aroma comes out with the flavor as it warms here. syrupy chocolate come out with some temp to it. not a bad barleywine, but the finish is way to veggie for my tastes.
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 3, 2005
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
hazy brown color tall white well laced head. Smells of pine and lemon rind w/ a touch of vanilla. Fairly avg palate. Flavor was an artificial malt some dark fruit and hitns of vanilla. A pretty blah barley wine.
BeerandBlues2 (10833) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 24, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap. Pours orange to copper with a small tan head. Floral hop aroma with caramel malt notes. Hoppy, dry pine and a sugary malt end. Medium bodied and dry.