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.
AgentSteve (1614) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - APR 8, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours cloudy caramel with no head. Nose and flavor are malt, toffee and a rye like influence. Creamy mouthfeel.
ajnepple (1436) - Clear Creek, Colorado, USA - MAY 23, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at the brewery. Brown and cloudy with a light tan head. The aroma is sweet and full of caramel malts and light alcohol. Similar flavor, malty and sweet with grass, herbal hops and a light earthiness. Full bodied malt bomb.
angrypirate06 (1374) - Texas, USA - JUL 21, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to bman1113vr. Small head with a hazy brown body. Aroma is caramel, brown sugar. Flavor is brown sugar, caramel.
heykevin (1273) - 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.
Beaver (1199) - 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 EP’s best brew.
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!
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.
Aggie80 (783) - 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
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.