DrnkMcDermott (2879) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - MAR 7, 2005
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sampled from bottle. Gunky. Pours light in color with lots of "stuff" in suspension. English hops at the front, and very sweet malts. We missed the fruit conditioning entirely. Alcohol content is high, but not too harsh or warming. We get the feeling we could do flaming beer shots with it. Too many unfermented sugars. But I’ve got three more bottles, so I’ll try again later.
Dogfish120 (143) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAR 5, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 19/20
Tried this brew tonight. Very smooth mouthfeel, pours a amber with off white lacing and creamy head. Fruity tones with fig and date. Alch. presence is very hidden despt 15% Abv. Finishes smooth, much like the 120 IPA.
ElGaucho (2285) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - MAR 5, 2005
4.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Rig malty lager aroma. Hazy dark gold in color with a white to off-white head and LOTS of visible carbonation. Nice lace. Rich texture and body with strong alcohol presence. Very sweet and alcoholic. Very smooth despite the 15% ABV. A great barley wine. Thanks matta for sending me this.
Homebrewerguy (304) - Oil City, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 1, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I vill be buryink ze next bottle ov zis bier for der year or more. It vas gut, but I be pretty sure better it vill be in time. Zhese high alcohol biers age well zhey do. I’ll be lettink you know in 2008.
Earlier Rating: 3/1/2005 Total Score: 3.4
No date on the bottle so I’m guessing this is a young beer judgeing by the taste. It is rather one dimentional with sweet malt and fig flavor. The hopping is mild but the alcohol content is next to overwhelming. This one is definately a belly warmer.
rajendra82 (975) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - FEB 27, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Provided as a house warming gift by generous BA Southernbrew, I could not wait the couple of days it would be before I actually move. Well, he never was specific about which house this was intended to warm up, so here goes. The beer came in a long neck 12 oz. brown bottle that had a packaging date of Jan 2004 pinpricked in on the label. By the looks of it this one had not been sitting in a 2’x2’x3’ hole in the ground as instructed.
When poured into a tulip, the beer looked hazy peachy orange with a short lived and sparse head. Latent carbonation appeared to be quite limited. The aroma was mouth watering grapefruits, dates, and peaches.
The taste was sweet with the flavors of dates, figs, mandarin oranges, and toffee flowing freely. The hops were definitely there, but the malt suppressed them to a peppery zing in the mid palette. The aftertaste was boozy and bitter, and flowed by a slow long burn.
The drinkability suffered a bit due to the high buzz factor and the sugary sweet taste, and I cannot see drinking much more than a single pint of this on any given night.
tbookman (618) - Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 24, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Medium straw color with a thin head that quickly dissipates. Aroma of hops, apricots & citrus. Terrific blend of hops and malt with a dry finish. Doesn’t taste like 15% to be sure. Sort of like they took some of their ApriHop and really ramped up the recipe. Very very good!
Gachupines (1043) - USA - FEB 19, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Light almost golden hue with a thick head which lingered in some form until finished. Taste was well-balanced and much smoother than other barley wines I’ve had despite the high alcohol. Somewhat light and fruity, not what I’ve come to expect from the style, but overall a pretty good beer.
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - FEB 15, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Last years bottle.Murky apricot brew.
Sweet malts and alcohol is what my nose told me.I was interested so I kept sniffing,then got some Middle Eastern fruits and even some hops.Thick tasting brew.Really sweet and fruity.I like it.
beerbuzzmontreal (3488) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 13, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a clear copper color with a thin white head. Good aroma and flavor of floral hops, fruits, caramel and alcohol with a bitter finish, the alcohol is noticeable but not dominant, the body is heavy enough to mask some of the 15% abv. Full body, liquorous texture, soft carbonation. Pretty good.
cfranz (261) - Acton, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 11, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Whoah, this packs a wallop! Nice and sweet and smooth. Tastes of dried fruit - apricot and pineapple. Good to drink this, good to drink this. I forgot to put it into a snifter, what a snafu.