Crockett (1031) - 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 (2432) - 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.
boto (1953) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - DEC 30, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz. bottle: I left this one sit in my basement for a year before opening it.
This one is an orangish-golden color. It is quite opaque for its color. There is very little white head to it, which drops off rather quickly. Very potent aroma. It is a sweet malt with fruity nuances. A hint of sourness comes up also. The taste is superb. Quite a rich taste. The malts are strong, but the sweetness is diminished. I get a bit of a whisky tinge to the taste. It does not come through as an alcohol bite as some do. In fact, I have had much more alcohol taste in 7% beers than this. This is really superb.
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - DEC 27, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Copper orange color and not any real head on it. Tart malty aroma with a decent representation of orange and starfruit. The flavor is sweet and fruity with a finish that is earthy and has a bit of oak and butterscotch. The alcohol is suprisingly hidden in this nicely complex beer. This will definately be a joy to drink again after I age it for a few years.
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 26, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma has rich malt, butterscotch and caramel. Dark amber, almost no head. Flavours of malt, caramel and butterscotch are a marriage. Well balanced, extra smooth, wonderful mouthfeel. Marvelous!
Zach Diesel (906) - Sisters, Oregon, USA - DEC 26, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
candy alcohol and syrup aroma, super light orange with no head, creamy orange liqueur with subtle spicy hops and a warming alcohol finish, definately needs a few years below ground
JMerritt (1887) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - DEC 24, 2004
3.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled, at the Maproom in Chicago. Cloudy orange with a small white head. Rather light aroma, with piney hops and caramel malts. Piney, moderate to high bitterness, with a nice caramel and Girl Scout cookie-esque malt backbone. Very syrupy and thick - a truly warming beer, especially at 15%! Alcohol is hidden tremendously well.
davesarman (159) - Waconia, Minnesota, USA - DEC 23, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sweet, syrupy aroma. Malt, honey, fruity, some hops too. Pours like the aroma, looks syrupy. Light copper color. Medium carbonation. MIld frothy head that thins out, but a little hangs around, which for a beer this strong is pretty good. Big and sturdy beer. Lots of malt sweetness. Some fruitiness in there as well. Hops are present, but not dominating as in some of Dogfish’s beers. Nice fruity presence from the dates and figs. Finish is warm and soothing. This is a 750 ml bottle, and I’m on my own with it! I hope I can make it to the bottom of the bottle before I hit the floor!