BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 28, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sampled at the RBSG 07 Grand Tasting. Brown body with a very malty nose. Ultra sweet candy caramel flavor.
BCAR (222) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - JUN 25, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Viscous caramel color on the pour with vanilla, cotton candy, and alcohol notes. No head, to be expected. Nice malt/alcohol barley wine balance. Finished a tad bitter to crave the next sip, but overall good.
badgerben (4576) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JUN 25, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
RBSG 2007. Copper color with no head. Both the aroma and taste are very lightly bittered caramel. There really was no depth to this at all and it didn’t have much taste period. Disappointing.
Ughsmash (7327) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 16, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, thanks to Brigadier. Poured a hazy, fiery reddish orange with a short cap of yellowy-beige head sitting on top.. solid amount of sediment floating around in there & some rising carbonation. Very, very sweet aroma of candied plums, butterscotch, and medium-toasted caramel.. alcohol warmth and herbal notes accent. Very sweet again in the flavor with toasted caramel, darker fruits, and vinous notes.. high-ish level of herbal and woody bitterness and ample alcohol accents. Wonderfully creamy foray onto the palate through the middle, but a mess of alcohol and bitterness sticks at the top of the finish, and is the primary takeaway on the long finish. Definitely hits some points well and misses others.
Juelze (1141) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 31, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a deep dark copper color with light particles floating about. Aroma is of rich caramel, light wood notes and malt. Taste is rich caramel, brown sugar, light wood and fruit notes. The beer is full bodied, remarkably smooth and delicious.
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 28, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Perfect dark ruby color, the ideal color for BW. Intricate nose of pancake batter and butterscotch, icing covered fruit cake and notes of caramel, raisins and fig. Flavor is a bit raw and grainy in the backround, mildly unrefined, but there are some seriously impressive and delicious characteristics to this barley wine. It’s actually very complex. Hints of vanilla, graham, caramel, toffee, malt induced fruits, along with a very subtle, but present hop character of pine and fruits. Pure, natural body, with excellent creamy/heaviness. Wow, what a beer! Much better than the bourbon barrel aged version, this is a beer worthy of collecting
Odeed (1796) - Bakersfield, California, USA - MAY 8, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
(bottle from footbalm,no date on bottle)nice looking clear red body with a 1/4 inch white head that leaves nice lacing as it rests.aroma is a subtle but complex mix of bubble gum,cotton candy,caramel malts,and some alcohol.flavor blends up the aroma along with some pine like hops,and a nice alcohol bite in the finish.this is damn tasty and i bet with a few years it would be awesome!
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAY 2, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to Brigadier sampled on 2/13/07: Pours a transparent bright copper orange with a thin-coating of off-white head. Aroma of sweet complex dark caramely malts with a touch of light fruitiness. Body starts fairly full and sweet with a nice, rich, complex caramel maltiness with a good, smooth, light fruitiness. A nice barleywine.
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - MAR 23, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle via trade with Brigadier - Thanks! - Pours dark copper with a large tan head that stays well and leaves some lace. Great aromas of caramel malts, and grapefruit, pine, and grassy aromas. Flavor is caramel and toffee up front but soon some good peach and grapefruit and even pine at the finish. Good balance between the hops and the caramel malts. I thought this one was very nice..
MIBRomeo (2569) - Wisconsin, USA - MAR 13, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
deep copper color w/ a thick tall off white to light tan head. Aroma is big and malty lots of carmels and some dried apricots hints of citrus and grass and a good amount of cereal. Quite nice. Palate is thick and lightly creamy. Flavor is first a big english style toffee malty piece lots of cereal almost day old biscuit w/ some overripe fruits definate plum and apricot and some more bisquit style stuff. The biscuity cereal part is not all that great but other than that the sweetness fruits and well masked alcohol are quite nice.