Aubrey (3430) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - APR 5, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark and murky-brown. Sweet, hoppy-fruity nose. Low carbonation. Thick, chewy, syrupy texture. Sugary and fruity hops with big notes of pine. Sweetness, overall, is a bit much, but not distracting. Some of its bitterness combats it well. Interesting flavors surface but I wouldn't call it overly complex. Overall, it was kind of like caramel-dipped pine needles, and I liked that flavor.
Ernest (6153) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 19, 2002
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: NOV 6, 2004 Fairly new batch, bottle bought at the brewery. Head is initially small, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing. Body is
hazy medium amber. Aroma is moderately malty
(caramel, cookie), moderately hoppy (grapefruit), with notes of toffee
and alcohol. Flavor is heavily sweet, moderately acidic, lightly
bitter. Finish is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter.
Medium body, syrupy texture, soft carbonation, moderately alcoholic. A little better than the batch I had two years ago, but still a pretty simplistic and uninteresting rendition. Lighter bodied than most barleywines.
bigal9699 (152) - Orange County, California, USA - JUN 19, 2002
4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours with little to no head. Dark golden red/amber color. Very nice and complex winey nose with hints of bright fruit (cherry and orange) and sweet toasted malt. Medium chewy palate - absolutely no carbonation; almost to a fault. Flavors of caramel, toffee and sweet toasty malt. Touch of bitter hops on the finish. Clean finish, no heat. Nose really teased that this would be an even more complex brew - but still solid in taste and quality. Thanks Ringo!
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - MAY 25, 2002
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep cloudy glowing copper with orange and yellow hues. Thin off white head. Huge nose of doughy malt with hints of yeasty fruitiness and alcohol. This is a thick and malty monster with just enough hops to balance. Alcohol at the end is drying and warming. A little rough around the edges but time can fix that. Reminds me of a young old foghorn. Many thanks to Ringo.
Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - MAY 20, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 13, 2004 This stuff is very, very good! Quality is evident all the way through. It is a thick, chewy barley wine, with a very good balance of malt and hops. The 10% ABV is felt precisely where it should be, not overpowering on the start or finish, and it had that nice underlying, thick cherry quality to it that I love in a barley wine. This is a top notch brew, and I highly recommend it.