DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 14, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bright orange color, minimal head. Malty aroma, caramel, alcohol and whisky. Hard hitting malt flavor, oak is in the mix, caramel again, sticky yet drying alcohol finish (you didnít think they could actually hide that 15%. Solid, yet a bit one dimensional, particularly in comparison to the Immortale.
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 14, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Odd color for a barleywine, pineapple mango or some exotic fruit plus a lot of malt in the aroma, along with a distinct alcohol presence, high fruit (apple) and malt taste with alcohol in the aftertaste. Tastes reminded me of the 120. Good but not great, at least not yet.
jtw (1142) - farmington, Michigan, USA - JAN 12, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
pours like....umm....a blonde ale. thin ring of head around along the edge touching the glass. super-fruity aroma, lots of malt. mostly pineapple, orange, regular apple--but reading the description i guess figs and dates make sense too. thick mouthfeel despite the monstrous attenuation, and a lightly floral hoppy finish. not bad, although i donít really think this is a barley wine....
Nate (3827) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 8, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Malty sweet and honey. Vanilla, oak, fruity hops. Vinuous with some alcohol vapors. Golden brilliant amber clear with thin off-white lacing head. Medium thick watery body with medium carbonation. Sweet malty start with honey and vanilla, alcohol. Warming sensation. Nice fruity bitterness in finish and after. Sweetness is pretty heavy, but bitter hops help cut it. After is short of cloying, but not by much. Would like to try again aged.
Sancho (245) - Da Bronx, New York, USA - JAN 7, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle from new beer.Bright Bronze/copper orange color, No head Fruity boozy Aroma . grapfruitness. Burning citrius flavor ,thick syurp body.Very good barley wine. gotta dig a hole and save one
Hairofthedog (419) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 7, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Brown/orange w/ gold highlights, thin lasting head and thick lacing. Soury fermented fruit w/ citrus notes on the nose... Soury fermented fruit w/ hints of grapefruit and citrus notes in the mouth... The mouthfeel was light and crisp w/ slight effervescence.
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 (5174) - 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 Iíve ever had, definitely a barleywine. Very very good. Looking forward to the aged ones!