MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - FEB 26, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2005 Update: Bottle at Andy’s. Deduct two aroma points and add one appearance from 9-4-8-5-15. I think this is real nice, and it was very difficult to determine this was a 10.5% beer....
On the brown side of the spectrum, with an off-white head. Nice sherried malt aroma with a little hop bite to it. Big malty carmel flavor with a hop bite/alcohol finish. I thought it was decent and the alcohol character matched up and blended with the beer.
bsour (78) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 7, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Chocolate aromas. No head or lacing. Dark mahogany color. Rich chocolate, malt flavors. Slight bite from alcohol. Okay for a barley wine, but nothing special.
envane (568) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 30, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2003 bottle. Good beer from an otherwise dodgy brewery. Raisins, roasty flavours, and some hops. Alcohol hidden well enough. Actually had a bit of lacing.
DYCSoccer17 (3498) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 22, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Vintage 2003 Bottle- Pours a cloudy mahogany with a 0.5 cm bubbly off-white head with nice lacing. Aroma is very potent--Sweet--like gumballs, yeah definitely gumballs. Maybe some malt in there too, but mild. STart is acidici and astringent. Middle is tangy and Finishes with more bitterness and ethanol. Chocolate notes in the end. Ethanol is definitely noticeable. -1 app for having a stupid label. I hate the flying dog labels!
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 14, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle pours a dark brown amber color with red highlights, no head and no lace. The aroma is sweet smelling, malty, fruity, and not much alcohol. The flavor starts out malty sweet, shows some fruit, and finishes with a minor hop show. This is a full bodied Barley Wine - very nice. Overall, this is pretty good.
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - JAN 13, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep auburn. Nose rich, strong, and sweet, maple syrup and brandy. Taste is rich, syrupy and viscous. Quite sweet, strong toffee, caramel, and maple syrup. Bit powdery and sugary at end. Doesn't have much malty depth, just lots of sweetness up front. Not bad, but many better barleywines out there.
wildchefbill (245) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - JAN 4, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours very dark, cloudy amber with almost no head or lace. Sweet malt/caramel aroma with a little alcohol in the nose. Flavor is very sweet. Caramel, roasted malt and fruit (prune) in the flavor. Finish is a little bitter. Nice hop flavor without crowding the nice sweetness. A little syrupy aftertaste. Good mouthfeel with almost no carbonation. A pretty good inexpensive BW.
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 22, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark colour, brown frothy head. Malts in the nose and fairly sweet. Medium body with a good robust roasted malty taste.
kumite56 (473) - Cordova, Tennessee, USA - DEC 17, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark mahogany color with little head. Nose is sweetish with malt and alcohol notes primarily present. Flavor is some what like cough syrup. noticdable alcohol, malts and carmel taste.
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 17, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark mahogany pour with an off white head and spotty lacing. Sweet malts, some roast, licorice, chocolate, and maybe some fruits. Big time sweet malts in the flavor. Some more roasted malts, some chocolate, and more fruit, maybe grape or plum. Some hints of the licorice as well. A full body along with an oily palate, but not cloying. Decent little barley wine.