goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - FEB 15, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a clear ruby-brown color with a small off-white head. The aroma was lightly fruity with a hint of cherry. Moderate amount of earthy hops. Sweet malt and fruity flavors. Hops showed up on the finish along with a moderate bitterness. Some warmth but the alcohol was well hidden.
KingpinIPA (841) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 7, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark reddish color. Smell of alcohol, malt, rasins, apples, prunes, nuts, Bubble gum, cotton candy, hops and pine. Taste the same and its like drink Vodka straight up at first, then it goes to a wonderful fruity taste. Great bitterness at the end. Warms you up!
Brigadier (2590) - Northeastern Ohio, Ohio, USA - JAN 22, 2007
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle
I picked up a bottle of this at Steveís for $3.49. It was worth every penny but not much more. This is one of Central Watersí better releases in my opinion. I am not sure what vintage it is other than it is from the most recent bottling. I might pick up another bottle for aging once I clear some other barleywines out of the cellar.
Aroma / Appearance - A blend of chocolate silk pie, orange peels, caramel and raisins form a balanced nose. It has a little bit of a boozy background but on the whole the alcohol is well hidden. When it landed in the glass I was looking at a ruby colored body with no head that filtered out almost all the light passing through.
Flavor / Palate - As good as the aroma was, i was not expecting it to be this good. The first sip blew me away with a nice thick taste of orange peels dipped in chocolate. After that comes a bitter aftertaste with vinous characteristics. The mouthfeel is dense, creamy and chewy. The only weakness is a little bit of booziness that might fade with some aging. Otherwise this is an excellent barleywine for a cold winter night.
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 22, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Alcohol initially blows out, almost like sniffing a bottle of vodka, that disappears quickly and evolves into a vodka tinged apple cider,huge sweet malt flavor with a lot of alcohol presence, bitterness trots in at end. Tastes like a brew that was jacked up just for the extra kick. That being said ,I ended up enjoying this at the end,and wishing Kingpin would have shared more with me.
Ty5592 (1018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 21, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from 1FastSTi. Hazy dark orange color with nice fluffy tan head. Caramel aroma. The taste was smooth with caramel,bitter hops, and cherries.Malty and full bodied, but not syrupy like some barleywines. Funny, this beer has complexity, which by the smell I thought it would not. Pretty good brew. Thanks, Blake.
TheEnemy (562) - Chicago, USA - JAN 10, 2007
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a very slightly hazy rich mahogany with no head. Aroma is big huge malt and vinous fruit (raisins, dried cherries, dried oranges) and a lightly spicy tobacco-leaf hop nose. After that buildup, the flavor was quite a letdown: leathery, woody, dry, acrid-bitter, and alcoholic. Malty, sure, but where are all those fruit notes I detected in the aroma? I even let it get all the way to room temperature in the hopes that the fruity tones would come to the fore but they never did. Finishes with a thick, syrupy palate that was flat even for a barleywine. Iíve got a couple more bottles I intend to age to see if that helps any, but I fear it will only become drier as the sugars are consumed. I really wanted to like this beer; the nose showed huge potential and I dig Central Waters, but I canít get on board with this one.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JAN 5, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle from Steves on Mineral Point Road in Madison WI (December 2006) served at cellar temperature in a Maudite glass. New batch Iím guessing? Havenít seen this one before, and happy to find it.....pours out with a super-stable, lusciously cereamy moderate tan head topping the translucent dark cherry body; lacing is thick and layered like a torte, itís gorgeous.....huge caramel-vanilla nose really seems like it was aged on oak (new oak -- not really any hint of bourbon), soft citrus and apples, really gorgeous and decadent.....and for once, the decadence follows through to the body, almost as creamy and juicy as the nose would lead you to believe, though the alcohol is a wee bit too harsh and it doesnít seem quite so complex....hop profile is more pronounced here, lots of stark, sour grapefruit and blood orange, sugars very muted throughout but existing just on the edge of reason, just there enough to sense if not really taste, and thatís just enough for me to pronounce this balanced enough to be quite enjoyable despite itís lacking somewhat in ripeness....six months or a year more and this might be some kind of masterpiece, but as it is, good enough to restore my faith somewhat in a brewery that has seriously let me down with most of the products Iíve had lately. Maybe they reserve their best energies for the big stuff, or the beer-geek stuff? Well, anyway, this one delivers.
1FastSTi (3218) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 27, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Can only assume 2006 vintage. The beer pours to a clean ruby mahogany body with a tall and lasting foamy off-white head. The beer leaves excellent lacing. The aroma is lightly grapefruity with tons of sweet aged barley. The flavor is kind of like sweet and tart cherry pits, nicely and lightly aged barley, leaves a light grapefruit bitterness hop taste lingering on the palate. Perhaps some buttery nougat and tobacco. The palate is quite creamy with a nice lingering sweet bitterness.
MikeHernandez (50) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 24, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
It has an aroma of sweet fruit and significant alcohol. It has a clear amber body. I taste sweet malts and fruits mixed with the bitterness of hops and alcohol. The balance between the sweet and bitter elements is superb and makes this ale very smooth tasting. It is among the top five barley wines I have tasted.
chimpscampee (566) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 18, 2006
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 21, 2007 More fruity and hoppy, and less cloying sweetness, alcohol bite, vinous quality than other BWís Iíve tried. Perhaps less body too. Balanced. From nose to mouth feel/finish this is smooth. I doubt 10%. Please, sir, may I have some more?