Beaver (1285) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 14, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a murky dark tea color with a thin off white head that quickly goes to a thin film that leaves a little lacing.
The aroma is sweet molasses, cola and dark fruits with a little alcohol and green hops.
The flavor is sweet cola and caramel malts with dark fruits and a bitter hoppy alcohol finish. The mouthfeel is medium to a little thin and slightly watery (but not as bad as their other beers).
Overall, a very fine barley wine that is on the sweet side but well balanced. This is easily EPís best brew.
BeerandBlues2 (9597) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JUL 5, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a hazy mahagoney with a ruby tint and no head, with the exception being some slow rising bubbles congregating on top of the brew and at the glass edge. Complex malty and hoppy aroma with raisins, lots of caramel and toffee notes, and a pleasant sweet chocolate nose. Flavor is very hoppy starting out, followd by an intense dry hop finish, yet the caramel malts find their way in between the hops. Warm and full bodied palate that finishes progressingly spicy as the beer leaves your mouth.
Ratman197 (9704) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - APR 21, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a hazy orange-brown color, with a small off-white head.It has a nose of raisins and molasses. Thick smooth palate. Flavor is sweet malt with toffee and raisins. Finishs with a bitterness I cant place.
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - APR 14, 2005
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bright orange haze, with a bubbly head that was very slow to initially develop. The nose is unusually tame for the style and is nearly non-existant until the swirling of the glass reveals underlying caramel malt and a touch of raisins and toffee. Flavor is lacking in body and texture, malt accented, bringing in notes of caramel and toffee, along with a finish that can mainly be described as alcoholic.
Crash (531) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - FEB 1, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Iím not sure what color to call this beer. One I donít remember it that well and the added color blind thing doesnít help. Sweet caramel malty taste with a little hop added in. It had a somewhat bitter finish but, not enough to kill it for me.
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JAN 18, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A cloudy copper color, chewy, bitter orange peel with caramel, hoppy but balanced.Nice, yoo hoo to Drew!
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JUL 15, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This is a thick malty barleywine - sweet, caramel, burnt toast; a great combination of malt flavors here. Itís all balanced by a generous hopping. Finish is long, warm and mellow (with a slight acidity). Bought a couple of bottles to try at a later date.
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 6, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, vintage unknown. Mild sweet and fruity aroma. Small head, but it has staying power. Dark copper color. Body is nice and thick, sticky and cloying, excellent for the style. Taste is quite sweet, but there is a lot of roasted tones from the malt. Great balance. Finish has some nice bitter tones. Alcohol is detectable, but again is welll balanced. I was surprised by how good this beer was.
heykevin (1275) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - FEB 23, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nearly still. (the headless barleywine) Deep amber. Toffee sweet malt aroma, touch of hops as well. There is a good initial maltiness, but it sort of fades into a lightly acidic sweet and sour finish. Toffee sugary sweet. Full mouthfeel. Some alcohol in the finish. Quite a bit better than their other offerings.
Aggie80 (785) - Michigan, USA - JUN 29, 2003
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Rather weak head and lacing on the one I had. Tea Brown pour with a bit of cloudiness. Sweet porter type flavor to it. Vacation 03