BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 19, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
I thought this was a very decent barleywine and would recommend it as another fine Central Waters brew. However, I would not consider this beer the best barleywine I’ve ever had.
Appearance is a bright ruby red with a tightly packed head that sticks around forever. Aroma is very stick-sweet hoppiness, with some citrus notes. Taste is alcohol astringency with a lot of alcohol up-front. I could feel its warming effect with my first sip.
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 7, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a 12oz Bottle. Purchased at Riley’s Wines of the World in Madison, WI 5/2007. Pours a transparent golden honey color with tinges of orange skin and a thin layer of tiny bubbled, fizzy ivory head. Big fruity aroma that bursts forth notes of cherry gumdrops, candied oranges, and a thick strawberry sugar reduction. Tons of strawberry. All fruity, little malt caramelization or hops. Full bodied, tightly carbonated mouthfeel. The bubbles ooze slowly out of the thick mass, creating a thick whipped cream texture on the palate. Lots of caramel and sweet orange malts start out the flavors before being buried completely under a blanket of dense bitter hops. The hops definitely keep the sweetness restrained, making this incredibly bitter for the dense body. A bit of cherry tobacco and caramelized raisins wrapped in leather make a brief appearance mid-palate before being swallowed up in the bitter pine finish. I’m getting the impression that the intense hop wave is actually improving the drinkability of this beer and preventing it from being a sticky sugar bomb. Huge flavors, nothing off, just an un-remarkable definition of an American style barleywine.
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - JUL 30, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. botlle courtesy of Bockyhorsey - Pours a cloudy amber color with a one finger thick off white head. Light lacing. Aroma is sweet doughy and estery. Flavor is light toasted malt and esters. Slight bitter aftertaste. Medium to full body. A good beer. Thanks Wendy and Bill.
drewbeerme (3879) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 27, 2007
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle. pours deep ruby with big off white head. nose of wet grains, light fruits. flavor has biscuit, wet grains, caramel, rotten plums, and tar. drinkable but barely.
antzman (315) - Clarksville, Indiana, USA - JUL 14, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Many thanks to BuckyBeer for the trade. Pours a dark brown with hints of red. A very small dark tan head crowns the glass, with little lacing. The aroma is of sweet malts, caramel, dark fruits, and a trace of hops. The flavor is a great balance of malts and hops. Nice malty backbone, with caramel notes, but a lingering hoppy finish. The hops seemed to build as I got further into the glass. Very well done, I enjoyed the balance. I would love to age one of these further.
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - JUL 11, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
2005. Dark ruby pour with brown highlighting. Small beige head, light lacing. Aroma is of complex caramel tones, spice, orange peel, grain, hops, light diacetyl and fairly well contained alcohol. Flavor is thankfully diacetyl-absent for the most part. Bitterness is very heavy, especially in the finish. There is enough sweet caramel malt to keep it very drinkable. Finishes very bitter and warming with plenty of fruit. Mouthfeel is medium in all regards except tannic style woodiness and biting bitterness from plenty of hops. Decent. Very unrefined and sharp.
Skyview (5172) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - JUL 8, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at the RBSG ’07 Grand Tasting room (and picked up an extra bottle at Bob McFarland’s Liquors). This 12-oz bottle was offered at the main table near the room entrance with no one to give credit to. Pours a clear caramel amber brew with a nice off-white head that slowly dissolves. Nice lacing. Aroma of spices of nutmeg, creme deTartar, dark pitted fruit and caramel barley malt. Taste is sweet, lightly carbonated, with detected flavors of caramel, candi sugar, and some plums. Finish is sweet, fruity and a slight yeast aftertaste.
Flyer (118) - Hartland, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 4, 2007
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is a very good barley wine. It lacks some of the overpowering meatiness of some, which is not always a good thing, but in this case it makes the beer a good alternative when you’re not in the mood to be overpowered. The color is an attractive cherry-ish red, and the aroma has some nice orange peel to it, over a layer of maltiness. The first impression is of fruity, yeasty flavors, but a good solid one-two punch of malt and hops quickly follows. At the very end there’s a faint but unmistakable reprise of the orange peel. Very nice.
Bockyhorsey (2610) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JUL 3, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle wife bought for me while on a trip to Wi. Fruity and yeasty bread aromas. Amber body with beige head and good amout of lacing. Good malted caramel texture along with some fruit and grain flavors as well. Sweetness on palate along with some toasted bread aftertaste.
Nuffield (3668) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 30, 2007
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Curiously soft aroma, some spice (nutmeg/cinnamon) with orange and chewing gum. Rich amber color. Surprisingly bitter front, way more than is desirable to me. Tempered malts, butter, pine. Not very edge palate--it’s just driven by the hops, not the body itself.