bender (293) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - NOV 1, 2003
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Leather brown to red body, no head. No lacing.
Sweet and syrupy like aromas. Fruity.
Strong almost solvent-like alcohol. Malt and good hop flavor are overwhelmed by alcohol.
Slightly cloying and somewhat rough mouthfeel.
Rastacouere (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 6, 2005
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Headless muddy copper, very austere looking. Undistinctive, chaotic unintegrated sweet mess hits the nose with aggressive chocolate, candied caramel, earthy, marshmallow notes. All very sweet and unpolished. Dusty bready yeast doesnít exactly thrive to add balance in this. Surprisingly well contained alcohol, in an English way. Rather complex fruit suggestions range (apple, banana, grape, date..), but the amalgamation is poor, unclean. Woody, soy sauce flavours get kicked in in mouth, but the damage is done. Surprisingly small-medium body, liquorous slick texture, flatish carbonation. Weak example.
iam (369) - Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 1, 2005
2.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Pours a hazy dark mahogany colour with no head. Nice aroma of caramel and toffee malt and alcohol. Big, fat syrupy mouthfeel. Little carbonation. Taste is very fruity with malt and some candy, almost cloying. The ingredients just donít seem to work together
harrisoni (12070) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - APR 25, 2008
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle from Utobeer. Hazy ruby colour. Not sure that many hops really work with the malts which are syrupy nor the alcohol. Bit soapy on aroma. Hot alcohol and then some syrup and some very thing bitterness. Not a great barley wine. After JW Lees Harvest ale 2003, this is a bit uncultured and a bruiser. Hops are too metallic. fruit comes from the syrupy malts. Poor for its style. Would I have it again? No.
xnoxhatex (1305) - Grand Rapids/Chicago, Michigan, USA - MAY 14, 2008
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
12 oz bottle from canis major mixed 4-pack from West Lakeview Liquors, Chicago. Hazy deep brown with small, fizzy beige head. Aroma is perfumy and fruity with sweet banana. Big alc, perfumy, sweet banana with a little dough and other fruit with some subtle hops as well. Medium and syrupy body with some carbonation. This is very reminiscent of FFF Alpha Kong to me, but surprisingly more drinkable despite the fact that itís a little gross.
Richy (22) - Dublin, IRELAND - NOV 21, 2008
2.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Very hoppy aroma. Intial flavour is overpowered by the taste of the alcohol. Tastes like an APA mixed with cheap vodka Not one, I’d recommend.
obguthr (3313) - Lynchburg, Virginia, USA - FEB 21, 2010
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 9/20
Marzipan, walnut, and whiskey aroma. Cloudy brown, thin yellow head. Alcohol very evident, full bodied. Oaky, cherry cough syrup flavor. Bitingly bitter, very rough.
mxtur (266) - Michigan, USA - JUN 20, 2011
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Well it was a lot darker than other barley wines I have tried. Very strong for a little bottle. Oats and licorice just didnít do it for me.
redlem (1290) - Ohio, USA - OCT 28, 2003
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
UPDATED: OCT 13, 2008 Typical B.W with a thick malt aroma and taste.
The alcohol dominates everything in this, to the point where it is like taking a shot with every sip.
Beaver (1160) - 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.