BBB63 (5601) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - NOV 17, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to Joe (marinaro500) for the tasting: Medium amber/orange hue with a good creamy off-white head and fair lace. Aroma hinted of cookie dough, floral and grassy hops, pine, honey and yes, figs! Very sweet taste upfront with a bitter and slighty astringent undertone. A mild fruity charcater is also found during the tasting, an interesting combonation of citrus and ripe fruits. This medium-bodied brew as a slighty syrupy and soft mouthfeel with a moderate alcohol touch. Very unique and quite tasty beer, worth the effort to seek out.
egajdzis (5116) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 16, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2007 2002 bottle, poured cloudy orange brown color with a very small and quickly diminishing off white head with no lacing. Fruity, malty, hop aroma. Also a tart Belgian like aroma was noticed. Dates, figs, bitter hops, clove, and alcohol are all present in the taste.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 6, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
What a fine looking barleywine. It pours with a clear amber body topped by a medium thick off white head with a good amount of lacing left on the glass. The aroma is slightly sweet and malty, with notes of lemon and hops, and a touch of alcohol. The flavor is quite amazing. It's lemony and malty with subtle notes of bitter hops and a touch of alcohol. The finish is slightly bitter and hoppy. Full bodied and oily smooth with a slight warming. It's a little different than what I'm used to for a barley wine, but I like it.
VA Homebrewer (525) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - SEP 16, 2003
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Copperish color with a short-lived off white head. Powerful aromas of dates and bready malts. Very sweet fig/date flavors dominate the start and give way to a more complex and deep malt sweetness/doughiness/breadiness. Nice hop balance in the middle and
Kinz (3104) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - SEP 4, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This reminded me more of an Imperial IPA than a barley wine. Pretty orangey amber color, decent head, OK lacing. The smell was surprisingly light and refreshing in nature, rather pretty hops in fact. Taste was a jolt, as the malty sweetness came through, with a decent bitterness and a grapefruity finish. I didn't notice dates and figs, but it was a tasty beer! The 15% is unbelievably well hidden, just a warming feel in the tummy.
JCW (1274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 19, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Looks like a great beer. Amber colored, pours with large white head. Taste of figs, and twigs. Finish is terrible, very metallic and slightly acidic. I've got another bottle, I hope it improves with age, but I doubt it.
JorisPPattyn (7547) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - AUG 11, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Light amber with reddish shine. Slim white head (well, with 15 ABV...). Vinous, estery, but with a surprising touch of fresh cilandro/corianderleaf-aromatised hops. Taste: WOW!! imagine a mash of dried fruits, marinated in portwine, nuts, orange zeste, fresh Carribean herbs and more, liquified in a blender. Mouthfeel is , well, what I just said. And then, there's some alcohol. This is one big bastard of a beer. I'd like to see more of those around.
fly (1392) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - AUG 4, 2003
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
I think at this very moment that the only way to rate is after 1 A.M. and having gone through four or more beers. And I will look a gift ghorse in the mouth once more. All so suspect in the state of Texas. Fruity, baby and lord knows I should have been able to pluck that date or fig, but I couldn't to save my life. I keep seeing the STYLE in barleywine style staring at me. At a freaking 15 percent I guess I should be singing but mostly I wenjoyed the conversation more than the beer, thankyouverymuch. Oh so sweet to me and fruity and cloying if I can say cloying again. I did want to like it and have it be my friend. Cool bottle with an artsy label that the likes of me feels comfortable with. Come over here and let me taste. Hmmm, I guess the fact that it is as big as it is you could almost say the alcohol is somewhat hidden. Sorry, pal(s) I want more with my more.
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 20, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
hazy orangey brown colour, off white head. sweet, fruity aroma of raisin and fig with some hoppy notes. a nice beer, but a very sweet and soft example for the style and abv, not as big or complex as I was expecting
TheBeerGod (4903) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JUN 9, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Beautiful bronze body with a tan head. Sweetened grapfruit nose. Slight hops. The taset expanded on this and it was a VERY sweet, malty taste but with a grapefruity sourness. I really didn't notice the alcohol in the taste too much. It was there but not overpowering. Definite lace on the glass. It coated the mouth with the sweet and sour-ish taste but finished dry. Great beer.