dwyerpg (4257) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JAN 9, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A light caramel aroma. Beautiful color. This has a strong bite of both hops and alcohol up front, with some caramel that grows in it. Smooth and good.
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.
agillespie81 (315) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 30, 2008
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown......opaque. Somewhat thin, yet very creamy head. Strong, very floral aroma. Sweet flavors of toffee and caramel up front......smooth mouthfeel, with a slight crispness. Extremely strong back with a slightly malty aftertaste.
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.
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!
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.
sunevdj (2916) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - FEB 28, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Ratman. Pours a hazy dark brown. Sweet with some dryness. Aromas of caramel and hints of roasted malts. Also notes of alcohol and residual sugars.
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!
Beaver (1160) - 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.
daknole (8005) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 4, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2003 bottle from the ratman! Murky brown pour. Tons of caramel and malt with a very light hop note. Sweet and sugary.