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 (886) - 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 (3613) - 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 (3207) - 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 (29988) - 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 (3191) - 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.
3fourths (8338) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 23, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUN 6, 2013 A very solid barley wine. Pretty much all clear, medium-dark orange and copper colored body with a properly thick tan head. First taste is creamy, lush, sweet and rich... smooth. Flavors of rich sticky malts, yeasty candy sugar, plums, cedar wood. Awesome stuff. Rich, sticky and smooth.
kramer (5213) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 18, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap, 2006 RBSG RFD tasting, 2004 vintage. Pours a dark copper, clear, under a creamy film of off-white head. Aroma is very sweet with a syrupy maltiness, quite fruity, with notes of apricot and peach. Flavor is very malty with a moderate risidual sweetness and moderate, but not overpowering, alcohol. Finish has quite a bit of bitterness with an iced tea like note. Mouthfeel is full bodied with a syrupy texture and soft carbonation. Overall, this was well rounded, not overly alcoholic, and pretty well balanced.