Ernest (6516) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 1, 2002
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: APR 11, 2007 Bottle. Head is initially small, frothy, light brown, mostly diminishing. Body is hazy dark amber, unfiltered. Aroma is lightly to moderately hoppy (grapefruit, resin), lightly to moderately malty (cookie, caramel), with notes of sawdust, dried mango, alcohol. Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Medium to full body, watery/syrupy texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic. Muddled and confusing mess...doesn’t seem to know what it wants to excel in, and ends up just being a bunch of disjointed parts.
delacerveza (166) - Florida, USA - JAN 25, 2003
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
split a bottle between two little EKU glasses. another one of theose big ole fluffy pillowtop head deals. dark cloudy sienna color, pecan pie sluiced with jack daniels aroma. hubbie took a sip and said "harsh". i took a sip and said "alcohol".
i think this may be the first barley wine i've tried, and could very well be the last.
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 6, 2003
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Dark brown. Beige head. Light Aroma of sweet, roasted malt & hops. Thin, syrupy feel. Very sweet flavour of caramelized sugar, caramal, & molasses, w/ earthy hops. Not particularly well-structured.
billb (244) - Kennesaw, Georgia, USA - JUL 30, 2004
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
This is more along the lines of balanced, borderline uninteresting. There’s a thickness to the mouthfeel. Pretty uncarbonated (which I like). Unfortunately, the only flavor that stands out to me is the alcohol. There’s a bit of maltiness in the front, hop in the rear, then the alcohol sets in. Mind you, nothing is real overbearing here.
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.
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 22, 2005
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Deep burgundy hue. Astonishingly alcoholic and malty nose providing a suggestion of chocolate, black licorice and pit fruit, but mainy just a huge spark of alcohol. Flavor is heavily rich, but still relatively light in body and texture. Sweet and malt accented with sugared fruit flavors and a mild chocolate hint. The unfortunate combination of low hop flavor and bitterness matching an overly sweet barley wine with poorly hidden alcohol. I’m not sure what this is trying to be.
BeerAteHer (384) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - JUN 27, 2005
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
This barley wine has a typical cola-brown color and lack of head. Nice malty aroma with little complexity. Tastes ok: some sweet licorice elements are evident especially near the finish. Wet body with a harsh alcohol presence. All in all really not that great -- I’m just not a fan of this style despite it’s "lush appeal".
Smoke3Smokes (72) - Boone, North Carolina, USA - SEP 5, 2005
2.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is a good beer. It has a stout taste but goes down smooth. I like to drink 4 in a row and get a hella buzz.
DCJack (181) - Alabama, USA - OCT 12, 2005
2.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
an assault to the taste buds, little subtlety in the sweet roasted cherry tartness. A little smoky, but mostly a scorched candy flavor. Very sharp intial zap on the back of the tongue and then a syrupy aftertaste //
too strong, too acidic, too fruity //
light head effect, more to the front sinus area and ears
Ughsmash (7253) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 30, 2006
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle, Vintage 2005B. Poured a fiery reddish-orange with a short cap of beige head... quite a bit of sediment suspended in there. Nose contained a whole bunch of alcohol, only partially held in check by a bevy of dark malts (dark fruit, rum-soaked cherries, chocolate, and caramel representin’). Flavor was mighty similar... alcohol-fueled dark malts that did not play so well together. Medium-bodied. Flaked oat smoothness across the middle with ever-present alcohol... finish was tacky. Really didn’t do it for me.