bitter (1136) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - MAY 11, 2005
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
poured dark brown with a wispy tan head that bleed away quickly. nose of strong fig and hops. a thick palatal feel with sweet malty flavor and vivacious hops in foreground. still a bit young and needs to lie. some slight cloying flavors. a couple of years could do wonders.
ToXBoy (9) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 6, 2005 does not count
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle, Very little head some lace. Dark brown color, with a malty aroma with a touch of citrus. The mouth feel was of oil with a sweet malty flavor that has a bit of bettering hops that are no match for the hops. The alcohol is subtle at 10 % nice beer.
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - MAY 6, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle poured dark,dark brown with a nice creamy head and thick lacing.
Aroma of sweet malt, light roast and ripe fruit.
Flavor is malty with a alcohol kick on the palate.
Big alcohol and roasty finish.
Bockyhorsey (2610) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAY 4, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Barley field aroma, also had that smell of drinking a red wine also. Brown body had decent head and good lacing left on glass. Had a rich chocolate flavor. Just looked at alcohol content, it is hidden in this beer. Would of thought with out looking this tasted like a 6% alcohol beer. Rich malty presence on the palate. A good beer.
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - APR 16, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours hazy and reddish brown with a thin off white head. Fruity caramel aroma with some citrus. Very fruity in flavor with some plum, peach and fig. Malt and caramel also. Large in body with a bitter finish. Unfocused in flavor but good anyway. Would be a good ale to lay down.
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - APR 4, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured muddy brown with yeast that suspsends itself within the glass and a tan head. Aroma is heavily malty, almost has a chewy sensation in the aroma. Slight chocolate and bread make up the rest of the aroma. Flavor is really sweet malt, with fig, raison, and slight chocolate. Mouthful is oily and it leaves a film. Finish is slightly dry with an alcohol warming sensation. Fine tasting and underated. Got this for $2.49 for a 12 oz and it was a steal.
rajendra82 (969) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - MAR 25, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The beer was poured out of the 12 oz. bottle, with a psychedelic and a bit disturbing label. The pour was deep reddish brown, with a thin and short lived head. Lacing was very good, although the carbonation was quite limited. The aroma was typically English. Restrained, earthy, and spicy hops in the nose were tempered by fig, and vanilla scents. The taste was malt driven, and was primarily sweet and buttery. Dry fruit flavors of fig, raisins, and a bit of toffee, was mixed in with soy saltiness, and a chalky mineral dryness. The hop bitterness was not match for the sweet palette, but did provide a decent backdrop at the end of each sip. Alcohol was hot with a peppery aftertaste, but otherwise well hidden under the layers of complimentary flavors. Thick and soothing, this is a very good nightcap sipper.
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - MAR 22, 2005
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Deep burgundy hue. Astonishingly alcoholic and malty nose providing a suggestion of chocolate, black licorice and pit fruit, but mainy just a huge spark of alcohol. Flavor is heavily rich, but still relatively light in body and texture. Sweet and malt accented with sugared fruit flavors and a mild chocolate hint. The unfortunate combination of low hop flavor and bitterness matching an overly sweet barley wine with poorly hidden alcohol. I’m not sure what this is trying to be.
Dorwart (2409) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - MAR 21, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thin head from a vigorous pour. Light carbonation. Very dark for a barleywine. A very dark mahagony brown. Sweet roasty aroma with loads of malts and a bit of molasses and licorice. Malty and sweet with plenty of alcohol presence. Warms very nicely as it goes down. More molasses and a hint of coffee. Roasty finish with more alcohol. Not very complex for a barleywine and could use a good helping of hops tp offset the malts and alcohol. Not the worst but not the best either.
TChrome (1431) - Bedford, Texas, USA - MAR 17, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Appearance is dead on for the style, orange in color with a very well retained light tan colored head. Nose is malty with some alcohol, not much in the hop department. Flavor is sweet, cough syrup, and overly alcoholic. This one definetely needs work. More malt and a lot more hops, something to improve the rather thin palate also.