YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - DEC 2, 2004
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Deep brown with tiny tan head. Aroma of prunes, toffee, and a bit too much alcohol. Good body. This isn’t a bad barley wine but the appealing flavors of fruit, malts, and such are overshadowed by the strong aroma and taste of alcohol.
HopsformyHips (113) - Memphis, Tennessee, USA - NOV 30, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Little to no head on top of an opaque orangy brown pour...butterscotch aroma with some crisp fruity notes.
it was bitter and astringint. It got syrupy sweet as it warmed. There is a lot to it, but just a little too much. There is not much tantellizing subtlety to this one.
Lizabeth (360) - east falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 30, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown with garnet glints. No head or lace.
Nose: toffee, molasses, raisons, prunes
Taste: vanilla, caramel, black cherries, raisons, prunes, fruitcake, chocolate and port. Slight hop bite at the finish.
Medium bodied and smooth. Very warming.
meathookjones (245) - Sterling, Virginia, USA - NOV 30, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Though a lot of their other beers are average I always have a hard time turning down a barley wine I haven’t tried. This on pours a deep brown color with reddish highlights and a slight white head that fell to a collar fairly quickly. Smells of fruit sweetness with a bit of alcohol and a touch of hops, fairly pleasant smelling overall. The sweetness starts the taste out here before a hop bitterness and alcohol kicked in for the finish. This is defiantly a thick barley wine with a great mouthfeel. This is easily my favorite beer from the brewery and a good barley wine in its own right
RCWCPACFP (102) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 27, 2004
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I am not a Barley Wine drinker and that may be why I am missing it here with this fine brewer’s offering. Strong as heck (a little to strong for any food at the Blake Street) but I will try it alone again.
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 26, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Friut malt currant aroma, alcohol comes out in 2nd whiff, full rich grape raisin taste, smooth mouth texture, A little sharpness in the finish. Taste is bold enough, but not quite as complex as the best.
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - NOV 26, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark brown, small white head, lots of lacing .Aroma of sweet malty barley. Flavor is is sweet with alcohol, hops and choclate after taste. Thanks to Heemer for this one!
heemer77 (5187) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - NOV 25, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 8, 2005 Very dark, slightly cloudy body with no head. The aroma is toffee, leaves, and a pleasant mustiness. The taste begins fairly sweet more like an English style barleywine. As you drink the tastes of anise, bread, cola and sherry all come to play. This is a nice complex, yet fairly light bodies barleywine. Nice. I am aging a couple more of these.
davesarman (159) - Waconia, Minnesota, USA - NOV 24, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Slightly malty, more hoppy aroma. Dark brown color. Spritzy carbonation, thin tan head. Toffeeish flavor. Malty profile. Root beer like finish. A bit spicy for me, more like a Christmas type beer than a barleywine. If this would be labeled a Christmas beer I think I’d like it more. I just had Bell’s Batch 6000 before this beer, and this pales by comparison.
Dickinsonbeer (5075) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - NOV 20, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pour is dark amber/light brown with a fading head. Aroma is pure sweet caramel malt with only a hint of hops. Flavor is almost cloyingly sweet with touches of caramel, honey and a hint of chocoate malt. Not enough hops in this barleywine for my liking.