cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - JUN 22, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Molasses wrapped around a hopcone and served on a waffle. Flavor was explosive plum with a background of maple. Peppery, warming finish. Alcohol hidden well. Thanks to Crosling for sending me a bottle.
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - JUN 4, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark clear burgandy colored. No head. Malty aroma, graham crackers, grapes this is different. Faintly carbonated. Rich fruity, caramel malt, light hops. Overall decent. Nothing outstanding.
clvand0 (350) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - MAY 24, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A brewclub member brought this beer back from Colorado for us to try. Pours a dark amber color with a small head that dies off quickly and doesnít leave much lacing on the glass. The aroma is very nice - sweet, strong malts with a hint of fruit. The flavor is much the same - lots of sweet and strong malts with a slight hop presence. Extremely well balanced. This is one of the best barley wines Iíve had, and thatís saying a lot. Drinkability is wonderful for 11%. Had it with some stilton cheese - excellent pairing.
TAR (2393) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - MAY 8, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cherry orange. Teeny-bubbled ring of foam. Sugared plums, grapey malts, and spruce tips in the aroma. Hint of fruitcake, smoke, and malt dust. Tight carbonation. Slipperiness is coarsened by a touch of coniferous accented bitterness. Alcohol lends some astringency and underlines the more-pungent hop aspects. Cakey with a thickset malt base (maris otter?) that masks much of the polished hop traits, but works to sustain the body. Prickly bitterness conveys a sense of salty licorice candy, which exaggerates the dryness and awakens a hint of chocolate. Marvelously balanced, throughout, with a late but salvaging medley of candied apples, alcohol, and supple malt to go along with the piney hop flash. Tolerably sweet finish of soggy plums and grapey malts capped with a bright hop tease. Not overly interesting, but nicely done.
Aubrey (3356) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - APR 28, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep brown. Medium body; light carbonation. Chewy-sweet malts (cookie, caramel, toffee and milk chocolate). Hops have a little zing, with light pine, sweet spruce and a little grass ... definitely not overhopped (if anything, itís underhopped for me). Alcohol is hidden fairly well. Decent barley wine thatís easy to drink.
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 26, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Slighly oxidized malt aroma. Very dark red, clear. Thick, sticky mouthfeel. Sweet and bitter up front ith prevalent alcohol. Long, alcoholic finish, some molassis and hops there as well.
Ernest (5924) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 25, 2005
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: JUL 7, 2008 12oz bottle.
Head is initially small, frothy, light brown, mostly diminishing.
Body is dark amber to light brown.
Aroma is moderately malty (cookie, caramel, grain), moderately hoppy (resin, apricot), with light notes of alcohol, peach, dried mango, and sherry.
Flavor is heavily sweet, moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, moderately acidic, moderately to heavily bitter.
Medium body, watery/syrupy texture, lively/soft carbonation, moderately alcoholic.
Kinda watery, abrasive, and simple, but passable. Previous score was a 3.0, so still not digging on this.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 13, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance: russet brown, with flaming crimson edges, slim ring of froth. Meh.
Aroma: deep, roasty, malted, thick with carob, molasses, dark rum, a slick sweetness, dark to the depths....ahhhh, I like it!
Taste: huge presence on the palate, monstrous mouthfeel, charcoal-y taste, massive black malt, slick and tangy. nice.
Doesnít feel like other barleywines...how can I compare it? Itís less sweet, more dry, but very rewarding, flush with dark fruits, dates and raisins...this is not quite what I like in a bw, but still rather nice. Mmmm, nice and fruity, cherries, brandy, port wine, nice, nice...
Iím happy to try this one, but wish I knew about it..how much %abv exactly?
No matter, it does the trick! Nice effort.
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - MAR 16, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 ounce bottle. Attractive tawny in color. Pleasing aroma of honey covered fruits, caramel and hops. An onslaught of malt and hops in the flavor, rich in both, yet equally balanced with notes of honey covered plums and raisins, chocolate and caramel, fruitcake, juicy hops, resin and pine. Full, coating texture, hiding its potency extremely well. The richest and most balanced barley wine brewed in Colorado. A true "hidden gem" tucked away in the Colorado unknown.