Crash (531) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - FEB 1, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Blackish color with a small amount of off-white head. Sweet candy taste with a smooth finish. I would really like to keep one in a bottle for later. Another GABF barley wine find.
RateandPillage (426) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 30, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2005 bottle. Dark amber pour with decent head. Aromas of dark fruit, malt, and licorice. Flavors of the same, plus a little honey. Complex flavor. Hop bitterness is a little low for the style. Definitely in my top tier for Barleywines, with a little more hops it could be great.
GoldenSpunky (120) - Rochester, New York, USA - JAN 27, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2005 bottle. Pours thick and gritty with syrupy presence that is a think and amber brown colored. Aroma alittle strong with hints of malty oats and squash. Taste has hints of black licorice and caramel molasses. Looking at the wine through the light I can see large particles in suspension and it just makes this brew so much more appealing. The flavor is very above average and am pleasantly surprised with this brewery. DFefinitely gonna try a few more from here.
mkobes (2141) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - JAN 22, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Deep copper in color with a nice fluffy head. Malty flavor. Sweet cherry flavor. Full bodied. Decent beer. Fruity aroma and flavor. Nice alcohol burn.
Shag (2622) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - JAN 22, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This may be the best from Flying Dog. A big malty cherries nose. A reddish brown appearance. The flavor is very much on the sweet side with some strawberry syrup, honey, and raisins. Not of the best of the style but overall a decent effort.
Cashazza (217) - Morganville, Maryland, USA - JAN 21, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 23, 2005 Mmmm...mm...m...Cut the leash, BABY! Hazy reddish brown, with loads of sediment. interesting flavors of toffee, dark fruit, heavy malts, and cherry candy. Thanks, Regal!
beaconstreet (811) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 13, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very nice beer. Mellow, root beer and vanilla tastes. Sip this one. Characteristics of conoisseurship reek throughout this one, worthy of the name "barley wine". Yet raring enough to make you want to go shag like a horn dog.
skaughty (645) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JAN 13, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled, sampled at beer & chocolate tasting
Well crafted, balanced barley wine. The oat character is evident, and the body is fuller and more sweet because of it. The aroma is buttery (in a good way) and maple. Flavor is anise and butterscotch, with some English-style malt attributes. Finish is sticky, sweet and swell. Underrated on this site.
crazyvin (1963) - New York, USA - JAN 3, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
poured a deep amber color with no head, no carbonation. Moslty an alcohol ic aroma with some oak notes and sweet malts. Taste was initally sweet but not too sweet. Finished with an alcoholic bite and minmal hops.
thedm (4948) - Fort Wayne, USA - DEC 31, 2004
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This bottled brew poured a very small sized head of foamy finely sized mostly lasting light brown colored bubbles that left behind a poor lacing. The body contained no visible carbonation, was nearly opaque and unnoted in color. Its aroma contained notes of mild vinous malt and raisin. Its mouth feel is initially slightly tingly with a lingering tingly palate. Its flavor contained different tastes than I have noted before with some dark beer brown malty notes and was tasty. An above average brew.