hopdog (9994) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 12, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tasted from Growler. Poured a darker and clear mahogany color with a very small sized off white head. Aromas of caramel, citrus, light cherries, and all around hops (very hoppy). Tastes of caramel, some dark fruits, and grapefruit. Light warming alcohol bite in the finish (but not 12+%).
DYCSoccer17 (3499) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 11, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Growler sample via egadjzis at rich’s YeHa 05. I guess I went across the grain with this beer, as I did not particularly think it was that special. This sample has a hoppy, hempy, sweet sugary aroma. This smells much more like an IPA/IIPA than a barleywine. I do not get much of the vinous aromas that I like to smell in a barleywine. Mildly hazy copper color with a yellowish head. Very sweet, sticky sticky start, turning more malty in the middle. Mild vinousness and some hempy hops to finish. This beer hides the ethanol well, but it is very sweet and kind of cloying. I was disappointed with this offering. Perhaps in time, this would improve.
edden (925) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 4, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12/2/05: On Tap, Bowie.
Hoppy aroma. Brown with a subtle red tint, accompanied with a light tan head. Body is creamy with clinging lace left on glass. Large hoppy fir tree taste. Warming and tasty. Bitter finish. Definitely dry-hopped.
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 2, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught at the original brewpub in Bel Air, MD. Served much too cold, but in a proper snifter, and poured a clear orange-amber with a thick, silky and persistent cream-colored head. Aroma of sweet, woodsy maple syrup with a note of cherry. Flavor is medium sweet, fresh and hoppy with warm, tasty spice notes of cinnamon and brown sugar and significant woody bitterness plus some distinct alcoholic heat. Medium-full body is smooth and creamy. A very good and adequately mature barley wine, but this really begs to be bottle-conditioned and laid down for a spell.
bourne (161) - Suwon, SOUTH KOREA - NOV 29, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at DuClaw. Ruby/amber body with big creamy, off-white head. The Aroma is hoppy, floral, pine, citrus and malt, caramel and toffee. Alcohol is detectable in the nose. The flavor is bitter hops and sweet malt, some grapefruit, spice, musty, caramel, toffee, plums and alcohol. The mouthfeel is smooth and silky
PeterLikesBeer (104) - Berwyn Heights, Maryland, USA - NOV 16, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at DuClaw. Pours a dark amber color with a nice head. Aroma is fruity, with hops and malt there as well. Flavor is bitter however has some sweet notes as well. Finishes fruity with a hint of alcohol. very good.
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - NOV 10, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 21, 2007 2005 vintage sampled on 11/10/05 Draft at DuClaw. Ruby/amber body with big creamy, off-white head. The Aroma is hoppy, floral, pine, citrus and malt, caramel and toffee. Alcohol is detectable in the nose. The flavor is bitter hops and sweet malt, some grapefruit, spice, musty, caramel, toffee, plums and alcohol. The mouthfeel is smooth and silky. 8/4/8/4/16 4.0
2004 sampled at RBSG@RFD Clear amber with off-white head, lasting cover. The aroma is fruit punch, grapefruit, pine and caramel. The flavor is caramel and fruit juice(strawberry, cherry, apricot and grapefruit). The mouthfeel is sticky with soft carbonation. 8/4/8/5/17 4.2
antibeersnob (29) - Maryland, USA - MAY 18, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tried at the MD Beerfest in Frederick. Quite simply the best beer there. Not only best beer but best brewery. It poured brown red, alcohol was not overpowering. Nice and smooth.
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JAN 17, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle (hand bottled thanks to TAR) pours black plum, medium foamy sand colored head, with sticky lacing. Sticky sweet malty aroma, brown sugar, molasses, and subtle dark pitted fruit on the nose. Some hints of alcohol as well. Bready flavor up front. Quite sweet, but not cloying. Full bodied, with an almost creamy mouthfeel. Sweet, bready finish with very soft dark pitted fruit notes. This Barley Wine was so soft and easy to put back. Not cloying or heavy, and the ABV of 12.2% was not noticable on the tongue. Very tasty! Thanks goes out to TAR for the trade!
jgb9348 (5124) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - DEC 17, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark amber coloured body with a small tan head. Aroma of pit fruits, caramel and toffee-very nice! Medium to Full-bodied; Strong sweet flavour with good prunes and caramel in the taste. Aftertaste sweet and not bitter at all. Overall, a real treat-great to try, especially as the first beer to the RB Party! I sampled this 75 cL bottle at the November RB party at Founder’s in Alexandria, Virginia on 20-November-2004.