Beaver (1364) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 17, 2005
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 7/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a copper-brown with lots of little floaties. It has a fine tan head that laces the glass. A very nice looking beer!
Alcohol dominates the aroma. There is also some dark fruits and cola. It smells kind of like a very strong rum and coke.
The flavor is some sweet dark fruit and subtle cola initially, followed by an overbearing strong sharp alcohol that masks a touch of hops. It is not well balanced at all. The mouthfeel is smooth, full and sticky.
Overall, way too much alcohol in the flavor and nose. I’ve had beers with more alcohol that masked it much better. It was more like drinking a mixed drink than a beer. Too bad I like beer, not mixed drinks. Maybe it will tone down with age.
wxman (1492) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - FEB 12, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Advertised as a barleywine, I’m not sure if it is. Almost too bitter for the style; more like an imperial IPA. Very good; flavors of sweet maltiness and bitter hops. Has decent head retention, lacing, and a clear garnet color. This is good, and the 10.5% ABV is almost undetectible. Once again, a great beer from the brewers who give beers goofy names.
Arayaga2 (1820) - portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 4, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Opaque brown with a date like flavor. It tastes like mole-asses! This product is unlike any other BW style ale I’ve tried.
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 (2142) - 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 (2647) - 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.