drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - FEB 22, 2005
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Easily the best Flying Dog brew Iíve had (I have yet to try the Double IPA). Unusual pour, cloudy but without sediment, no head. Full caramel aroma mixed with big whifs of alchohol. A nice character is that this barley wine takes on such a huge percentage but never really overpowers the beer. The downside of this however is the fact that the beer really is just a touch on the watery side. I felt that it was slightly watery despite all of the caramel malt, and really lacked some oomph in the finish. There is definitely a good template here for the dogs over there to work with, but as it is, this barley wine is still around par, especially for the demanding style.
maeib (8750) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - FEB 20, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. A dark brown beer with a purple hue and no head. the aroma is very hoppy and there is lots of alcohol in the nose. Also noticed is a bit of a floor polish type aroma. The taste is hoppy with orange notes and plummy fruit too. The alcohol comes through but this is not a brash, harsh barley wine, instead it is pleasantly drinkable.
MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 20, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Vintage 2004 pours a bright dark amber with some floating yeast throughout, small creamy off white head that leaves some lacing in my glass. Aromas of sweet fruity plums. Dark cherry, chocolate and caramel flavors. Full bodied with mild carbonation makes for a creamy and soft mouthfeel, alcohol well hidden, finishes sweet.
temporrari (387) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - FEB 20, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
This is a very sweet beer. No bitterness to speak of. The alcohol is there but not dominate. Just an okay barley wine. I donít think I could finish a whole 12 oz bottle.
Beaver (1391) - 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. Iíve 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 (1509) - OíFallon, 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, Iím 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 (1859) - 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 Iíve 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.