biggcb (464) - Harleysville, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 11, 2006
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap @ Bowie. Orangish amber color with a trace amount of head. Aroma is relatively hoppy, with some nice citrus and general sweetness. Taste is much the same - quite sweet, hoppy. Perhaps a bit too sweet, but interesting. Alcohol is present, but not overpowering.
Aurelius (3850) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 9, 2006
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
No way, no bleeping way that this is a 98%ile beer. AIPA aroma. Deep clear bronze. Filmy head. Too sweet. Way too sweet. Bittering was off kilter. Orange baby aspirin flavors. Amateurish.
MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - NOV 25, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 25, 2007 On tap at DuClaw in Bowie, MD. Snifter glass. Clear copper/burgundy with little head. Aroma was sweet fruit, caramel, apricot, and citrus hops. Taste was sweet fruit, hops and alcohol. A surprising amount of hops, here. A hoppy/bitter finish with a bit of alcohol. Damn fine.
KUEric (876) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 22, 2006
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On taP in Baltimore: Too sweet! Brown Sugary, malty, caramel, toffee, maple syrup, are among just a few of the many sweet and too sweet flavors. I will say with all of the sweet flavors it could very easily get some one in trouble with its 12% abv. Of course I couldn’t get past the overbearing sweetness. Not any semblance of balance. It looks nice enough.
jsquire (3313) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - NOV 18, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
At the RFD party at RBSG ’06. Murky amber color with a sticky off white head. Caramel candy sweetness with an almost smokey darkness. Some oxidation, with a strong hop finish. Nice barley wine.
kmweaver (3204) - Petaluma, California, USA - NOV 17, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at DuClaw (Bowie); our waiter noted the ABV was 10.5% this year. Clear orangish-red; fluffy off-white head with great retention and lacing. Full, hoppy aroma: citrus with a maple syrup background. Chewy, bitter hoppiness upfront (think a dank DIPA): plenty of belgian sugar and cotton candy behind it; perhaps overly bitter. Long, somewhat dry and bitter finish. A bit hot after it warms up.
Ungstrup (28235) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - NOV 3, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
At RBSG 2006 party at RFD. A hazy amber beer with a lazing orange-beige head. The aroma is lovely sweet hop soup. The flavor is a bit like drinking a cold hop soup with lots of alfa acids and lots of fruit, leading to an end with a note of citrus that lingers for a long time and bit by bit turns dry. This beer is so strongly hoppy, that I find it like a sipping beer.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - OCT 3, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
RBSG 06 DC @ RFD’s Special Tasting
Ruby amber color, creamy tan head, lots of lacing. Nose of sweet piney hops and maltose. The flavor has a touch of metallic, but it’s quickly overwhelmbed by the sweet syruppy caramel; rich body and exquisite hop compounds. The finish has a nice balanced bitter slap. Nice barleywine.
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - AUG 7, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at RFD during RBSG 2006. Pours a dark amber brown with a medium to light beige head. Has a slightly sweet aroma. Amazing delicious upfront flavor of strawberries! The finish is surprisingly sudden for a barleywine. I then figured out that the quick finish was BECAUSE MY TONGUE WAS NUMBED BY THE ALCOHOL. I detected a slight lidocaine taste at the end and realized it reminded me of when the dentist numbs your mouth with spray anesthetic. Good up-front maltiness, but just like ether, the more you use this stuff, the more you like it.
SpringsLicker (3035) - Tennessee, USA - JUL 29, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at RFD during RBSG 2006.
’04 on draft.
Deep amber pour with a small head.
Complex aroma of dried fruits and caramel.
The flavor is delivered with a smooth body. There is just enough sweetness to get your attention, and the bitterness is firm, yet not overpowering. Great balance.