DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - JAN 6, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This beer came courtesy of eyedrinkale at the welcome visitors gathering at obriens last night. This beer pours a clear amber and light yellow mix color..very atypical of a barleywine..almost confusing. There was no head and no lacing here as would be expected with a ridiculously alcoholic brew. The aroma is all over the alcohol, and caramel as is typical with barleywines. Vinous hints as well, but pretty mainstream nose. The flavor is full bodied from the brandy-like alcohol tinge... some citrus and orange, heavy malts and fruit peels...finish is syrupy oily mouthfeel, thick sweet and tangy. Big time tang and bittering hops... this beat the living hell out of my palate, but it was still fun!
P-tor44 (886) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - JAN 3, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
zach says its ugly and I agree. honey, syrupy nose, a bit of muscat grape flavor, butterscotch, late alc and whiskey, very warming and likely far too young.
heemer77 (5152) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JAN 2, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Beautiful darker copper coloring. A thin white head. Aroma is sweet mixture of maple, sweet bread and caramel. Mouthfeel is thick and greasy. This has the tastes of vanilla, maple and some butter. Also this contains hints of cherries with some cinnamon. A sweet honey finish that is also dry. Overall, a great barley wine. I have three more bottles that are going to age with my other barley wines. Hard to believe that the ABV is so high! Thanks for the delivery, Milkmandan.
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 2, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a deep orange color with very minimal carbonation, which surprised me. A rather interesting thickness as a result of little carbonation. Aroma of strong hopping and light malts. The taste is really quite interesting in that there is little evidence of the alcohol, due most likely to the huge amounts of malt that went into this. This is probably the maltiest extreme hopped beer I’ve ever had, definitely a barleywine. Very very good. Looking forward to the aged ones!
YogiBeera (2532) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 2, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Golden color. Small frothy head, leaving laces on the glass. Soft carbonation. thin bodied. Very hoppy nose. Cereal and malt taste comes first. Middle is nice with apricot and grapefruit taste. Nice spicey finish. Unbelieveable that this has not a heavier alcoholtaste - good job.
SkyinBrian (430) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 2, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
2004 bottle. color is orange with hint of amber and a slight haze. sweet and malty taste with carmel and some hints of dried fruit. alchol is not as raging as i expected. this was actually quite smooth. a good deal of body as well considering the 15%. finsh was dry and not real bitter. ive got a few more bottles that i may just have to bury in the woods.
Crockett (1028) - Southampton,Ontario, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 1, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pale for a Barley Wine. Alcohol rang in at 12.5%abv. Pours lighter amber with a lasting medium sized browned butter head. Toasted malt, brown sugar aroma. Well layered in the flavour department, although butterscotch is screaming at you pretty loud. Plenty of juicy green and burnt hops. Sticky and resiny. Spice and fruit bread malts. Alcohol is reasonably concealed. Tastey. Immort Ale is a better example.
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - JAN 1, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear golden color with a small white head. Mildly sweet malt aroma with hints of grapes and alcohol. Flavor was
light malt, then a nice hoppy middle, with an alcoholic finish. This definitely could have used some ageing as this was a fairly young bottle.
Dorwart (2411) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - DEC 31, 2004
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Decent head. Settles nicely to about a 1 inch layer of foam. Light carbonation. Not a very intense aroma, surprisingly. Bit of sweet malts, light hops and some alcohol. Very little roasted or caramel character. Hops become more prominent as the brew warms. Color is a nice dark orange. Flavor is a bit weak but very smooth. More malts, big alcohol that makes the mouth tingle. Thin to medium thickness in the body. Thinner that the usual barley wine. Must be all of the alcohol thinning things out (wink, wink). Finish is warming and pretty clean but leaves the gums tingling. A decent brew but does not compare to some of the other barley wines out there.
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - DEC 31, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thick, hazy and still looking with no head. Aromatic malt/biscuit smell with hops and alcohol. Very fruity in flavor with some cookie, hops and an alcohol bite. The strength is well hidden. Chill haze clears as it warms. Very good.