jrob21 (3303) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 27, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big malty flavors, including licorice and chocolate, are balanced with a moderate hop profile. a little on the bitter side.
tomhenderson (166) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUL 25, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle at Pop the Cap fundraiser. I’m not a huge fan of barleywines, but this is probably my favorite of the ones I’ve had. It isn’t so overwhelmingly sweet or malty. Looking forward to more once NC gets past its antiquainted beer laws.
beerandrugby (210) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 21, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle. I really am enjoying this barley wine (as a write) it poured a rich brown-amber with a beautiful tan head. great aroma of the flavors it presented in its taste rum, brandy, caramel, raisin, plums, slight alcoholic tinge on the end of the tounge arises... very round and warm, a soothing, relaxing, warming beer. I enjoyed this as much as SN’s bigfoot.
presario (4901) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 19, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I don’t think that it stands out among Barley Wines but I found it to be very enjoyable and delicious. I would certainly drink more of these. I looked at the graphs and it seems to be trending higher so perhaps they have tweaked the recipe. Very dark, no head. Inviting spicy aroma and taste. The spices and flavuors seemed to be more nutmeg like and less cinamon.
fly (1452) - austin, Tejas, Texas, USA - JUL 15, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark and rich, powdery and heavily leaning to the malt rather than the excessively hopped varieties I tend to prefer. Nice, but would be far more pleased if a complimentary hop was added.
AlchemistZ (493) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - JUL 14, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very dark brown in color with an unfiltered, opaque visibility. Head is tan colored and forms well when poured but dissapates quickly. Aroma is rich, milk chocolate and in your face. Caramel lies underneath and some alcohol as well. Aroma alone lets me know that this beer is huge with thick malt sugars intensifying the aroma as it warms. Concentrated unfermented malt sugars surround the english hop flavor, higher alcohols, and underpinning bitterness. Reminds me of a big English-style Barleywine/Old ale. The syrupy sweetness, the concentrated maltiness, the pungent initial bitterness and straightforward character should intensify in complexity with sherryish and madeira-like qualities. One for aging for sure.
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - JUL 6, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
BOttle. Cherry, sweet, honey, thick coating mouthfeel. Floral, maple syrup, molasses. Finish is very nice. It foes form sweet to a great spicy biterness. Well done.
Nuffield (3953) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUL 6, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2006 The aroma reminded me of my grandma’s soap dish, being sweet and effervescent, moderately driven by the alcohol, plus notes of cherry, hairspray, and childrens’ toothpaste. Moderately frothy with some additional grape notes coming out in the flavor, finished with roasted qualities. Amber color. Decent drinking. (8-4-7-4-14) // Re-rate: Classically hoppy, tobacco as it warms, plus sweet grape. Very dark, wood brown. Smooth, low carbonation, smooth, slightly air-filed, frothy. Grape flavor from malts. Nice blend of sweet caramel and hops. (7-4-8-4-15)
Kevin (2185) - New Mexico, USA - JUL 2, 2005
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2005 final beer from a fun night with nuffield and lumpy, good beer and good folks is...well a good thing. poured a slightly purple brown with a thin ring of a head. plum and cherry aroma with a light alcohol tint. syrupy texture and a sweet taste. sweet cherry and brown sugar. very sticky and rich with a nice vanilla note. a combo of caramel and fruit is present in this. enjoyable. the alcohol is well hidden .
rerate, sorta, tied the year old 034 and o3. have to say the beer peaks around a year of aging. still good at 2, but a bit dusty with an overpowering raisin. the year old was superb. embracing fruity hops still present but everything melds. a damn fine beer. worth sitting on.
ptsotd (14) - Juliette, Georgia, USA - JUN 30, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours from bottle (Vintage 04A) black and tawny, little to no head. Typical barley wine sniff of malt. Black forest. Or caramel cooked 10 seconds too long. But good. Is that rosemary hiding in there? Great bottlelabel by the way. Taste: much different than Sierra Nevada Bigfoot and Brooklyn Monster; a taste all its own, though maybe not quite as good as the two afore mentioned. Not licorice. Sugar free caramel, chocolate, malt malt malt. Malted milk and Pepsi? Yes, that’s it. Nice pallet, slow to drain. Coats the throat. Neat warming barley wine alcohol kick. When to drink this? Before sex, but not before breakfast. 75%.