beastiefan2k (2258) - 2nd City (formely NYC & KS), Illinois, USA - MAR 11, 2007
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft-Mugs-Split Thy Skull-4 oz snifter. Excited to try but aroma was all weird off the bat. Smelled like cooked cabbage with a cherry/sherry alcoholic taste underneath that. Taste is nice enough with warming alcohol, some hop (grassy and sharp) bitterness. Color is dark copper with a lot of translucence, medium bitterness, and a slightly syrupy mouthfeel. Something is seriuosly off in the aroma.
gwpom (294) - Akron, New York, USA - FEB 11, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz bottle at Coles Barleywine Festival. Crisp and light, clear amber, light head, seemed a bit young compared to the other barleys we were sampling. Hoppy with a nice flavor to it though, would benefit from being forgotten in the basement for a year.
BINGEBOT (240) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 11, 2007
2.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 13/20
Goldy red colour. Light citrus in smell. No head. Spicy taste, very unique for this type of beer.
shintriad (700) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 11, 2007
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
On tap. Maybe this was a bit flat at the bar. This thin amber-brown ale smelled fresh and a bit citrussy, but it’s sole source of flavour came from sugar and alcohol. A bit of a cheesy aftertaste.
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 7, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Amber color with medium head. Big hoppy & Sweet aroma. Taste is of dark fruits with some decent hop flavor. Good, but a bit unbalanced for the style. Bonus point for the name as I used to enjoy jumping out of those cool C-130s.
ross (2026) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - DEC 22, 2006
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Santa. No idea when this was bottled as the date had worn off. Pours out a light red to almost orange color. Smell is sweet, malty, fruity, reminds me a good bit of the smell of double bastard. Taste is low on the carbonation, but it tastes more like a barley wine in all ways than it does a strong ale. Plenty of hops and caramel malts coming through. I didnt really enjoy the first half of it, then once I was accustomed to it, it became much better. Not a bad beer to seek out.
rudolf (2310) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 15, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2005 bottle sampled 11/06. Copper, slightly ruby hues. Smallish white pillow head. Nose is plum, tobacco, caramel, alcohol. Flavor is fruity caramel, rich malt. Bitter but not overly so. Like a fruit bitter doppelbock. Wonderful rich mouthfeel. THis is aging wonderfully.
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - SEP 20, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Sterling Tavern. Pours a lightly hazy, firey amber color with a smaller cream colored head. Nice aroma of caramel, apricot, brown sugar, and lighter hops. Flavor is strong, nice and sweet with some caramel and toffee, fig, and some spicy hops in the finish. Medium to full bodied, alcohol detected, but not strong at all. Judging from the previous ratings, it looks like the booze might be calming a bit. Who knows. I liked it though.
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 13, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle via in person trade with Rudolf. Thanks Rudy. Pours dark amber with a diminishing white head. Faint aroma of caramel and malt. Initial flavor of caramel and maple syrup with some sugary notes, following by a mild spicy hop bite. Nice mellow and slightly slick mouthfeel. The maltiness shines through to the finish where it is joined by a nice bitterness. Lots of barleywine characteristics, but without the thick and syrupy mouthfeel. Enjoyable.
Sammy (8023) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 12, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle saved for me by Tim the owner. Barrleywine and scotch like mouthfeel. Good strong. I can see why this went quickly. Worth a premium price.