rougeau13 (1975) - Richmond, Texas, USA - APR 23, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Opaque medium brown with a small, but lasting, off-white head. Aroma of figs, figs, and more figs, caramel, molasses and slight hops. The flavor, again, is full of figs, sweet, but not too much so. Full bodied and a bit creamy. The first two sips I wasn’t sure, but after that it was quite enjoyable.
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.
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.
angrypirate06 (1387) - 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 (1274) - 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 (1272) - 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 (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