Dickinsonbeer (5075) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JAN 25, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours too light for a barleywine. It was a plain orange/ light amber color wtih a thin head which dissipated fast. Why would you make a barleywine with only pale malt? I like a fair amount of crystal malt in a barleywine for a good sweet backbone. It is even more confusing becuase this is so strong- it leaves hardly any malt backbone to stand up agaisnt the hops and alcohol. The body suffers becuase of this as well- as this one comes out too thin. The hops arent even that pronounced either. I dont know what the deal is with this beer, but I didnt like it very much, and I really doubt that this will get better with age. Maybe the best thing to do would be to stick this one in a hole but instead of memorizing where you put it- you should try to forget it.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JAN 25, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle: Aroma is pleasantly heated with alcoholic spice and hop oil cindered orange fruit. Notes of phenols strung about. Mellow and melony too with some green raisin and caramel floating underneath.
Hazen dull peachy orangeish color with a near to nothing cap of whisped white. Lacing is drippy with some thin strings being left on the glass.
Flavors are good with a nice mellow display of warming caramel laced with a fruity undertone thats got apricot, raisin, and fig. Well heated and thusly so. It searches and reaches for more but doesnít quite get there as the alcohol gets in the way a bit. The finish does pick up and linger with some softer warmth of fruits, caramel, sugars, and hop oils which is nice. The heat comes in quick then kinda singes away letting the rest settle in across the palate.
It gets beyond mellow while it sits. I poured this at about 50 degrees and as it got up to room temprature it was super mellow. Very super mellow. Real nice quality to have as it seems to get more drinkable as you go yet as soon as it hits the lips it demands you sip. Interesting charactistic. This is a seemingly complexing alcoholic beverage that does hide its beefy ABV very well. Its not all that overly heated or alcoholic/boozy, its quite brazenless in that regards. Its smooth and creamy body is a wonderment and maintains a favorable slick texture. Good stuff. Sooo very close to getting the next number up. Liked it alot actually, more so then the numbers suggest.
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 23, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 2, 2006 Fresh 2005 bottle; sampled Jan 2005. Frothy/Soapy white head. Shiny reddish-gold body. Grapes, raisins, ginger, oats/grain in aroma. Grainy taste too. Alcohol, rummy wine, piney hops accompanies grain. Donít get me wrong... the grain is not uber-present and not negative. It seems to have a raw complexity. I am strangely reminded of a blend of the Raison DíEtre, the Immort Ale, and maybe Pangea...
7 / 5 / 8 / 4 / 15
2004 - May 2006 - Farking lost my rating update due to clicking a link. Well put together after two years; questioning if I overrated the first time. Honey, perfume, white grapes, spice, sugar cookies aroma. Seems so much more put together than fresh. Great flavor too; slightly coating.... alcohol yes, but I donít mind. Flavor... eh, aside from recalling the text I lost, I really donít want to retype it. So, much like the aroma.
8 / 5 / 8 / 4 / 16
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - JAN 23, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This was an amazing barleywine. Although I was not patient enough to place this brew in the ground for a year, the 6 months itís aged worked very well. Very smooth and hid the 15% very well. Pours very light for a barleywine, a nice glowing orange with a medium white head. Lots of citrusy malts and a piney hop smell to it. Taste starts with a citrus sweetness, like some sort of citrus candy, lots of caramel notes, and a big hop well balanced finish.
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - JAN 22, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 17, 2005 Note: original rating was a 3.0 (winter 04/05 bottle). 2002 sample courtesy of Eyedrinkale. Definately improves quite a bit over a couple years!!! Huge sweet malt aroma and flavor. More balanced hops, smoother body. Quite nice. Pours light orange with decent head that fades quickly. Aroma is caramel malts with some hops present. Initial taste is caramel but fades to all bitter hops. Scores alright in the categories, was a little unbalanced though. Think it scores higher because itís DHB.
pivo (2631) - GERMANY - JAN 22, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hoppy, malty nose - not so strong but very enjoyable. Pale golden amber color and a sticky foamy head. Smooth orangy malt with some fruity apricot that transitions to a broad, full-mouth hop taste. Impeccable balance really and there is no one component that sitcks out. Thatís whatís good about this, perhaps.
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JAN 22, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aged for a year in my "cellar" (box in the basement). This must have done the trick but I have not tried a non-aged bottle. Cloudy, darker golden color, chunks floating about from the last third of the bottle. Best at room temp. Big, round, fruity green grape, melon, apple, honey. Full, creamy, round mouthfeel, fills the palate gently. The 15% abv was hidden. I thought this was very good, I need more! I suggest aging this.
Mads Langtved (2244) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - JAN 22, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Fruity aroma. A bit monotonous taste. Alcoholic finish. Very sweet palate. The 15 % alcohol is abvious. I coud imagine the taste would improve if it was matures for a couple of years. Donít believe in beer holes.
gsteph (321) - knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 18, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear, reddish copper pour with a solid white head with good retention. Sticky lace. Sweet caramel, vanilla, malty and high alcohol nose. Caramel apple and woody flavor with a peppery finish. Thick, creamy and smooth. Very good. Hard to mask the alcohol though. No Old Horizontal but weíll see after it ages some.
Pailhead (5654) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - JAN 14, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2005 Bottle: Aroma is rather sweet caramel and citrus and a light hop smell too. Pours a transparent copper with a decent white head but not a lot of retention. Sweet caramel up front with some citrus and a decent hop finish. Alcohol flavor in the finish increases as you drink. Kind of like a IIPA alcohol finish. This is different and doesnít really make me think of a barley wine. Iíd prefer to stick with their 60,90, or 120. A little let down with this one.