Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - APR 6, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark ruby with a huge beige head. Initial aroma is caramel and then the hops hit like a ton of bricks. Really spicy hops all over the place, flavor is dominated by them. Actually fell asleep, awoke and the hops seemed even stronger. Sitting on a few now. Once the malt starts to kick in I think this will rate even higher.
tiggmtl (4545) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 4, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 6, 2005 Original Rating (4-Apr-2005 - 8-4-7-4-15=3.8): Perfume-like, orange-herbal-pine hop aroma with a nutty, sweet caramel maltiness. Opaque dark mahogany brown with a decent cover of off-white head that coats the glass. Very aggressively hopped but strong sweet malts support it nicely. Grapefruit, orange and pine hop flavours, caramel and dark fruit malt character and some bready yeast as well. Bitterness borders on harsh and perhaps could be considered so if not for the strength of the malt character. Thereís very little that is subtle about this offering, yet it seems well-balanced in itís all around strength, though obviously leans more towards the hops. Very soft carbonation is effervescent on the tongue with a medium-full body and creamy texture. Itís funny, this doesnít sound to me like the kind of beer Iíd enjoy, but in this case, it really works well. Bottle enjoyed with MartinT and Rastacouere.
Rerate (28-May-05 - 8-4-8-3-16=3.9): Pineapple, lychee, tropical fruits and sugar syrup in the catty, lime, musty aroma. Clear amber-copper coloured body is topped by a decent and lasting cover of fine-bubbled tan head. Lemon-orange-citrus hops dance above a strong, sugary, malt sweetness until the fairly strong bitterness emerges. Medium-full body with moderate carbonation. Bottle enjoyed with CapFlu, Goldorak, Joey_Capps, Olivier_MTL, Lubiere and MartinT.
Rastacouere (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 4, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Strong beige head, 1-inch of remarkable sticky foam doesnít care whether itís a 10+% barleywine or not. The color is a rich deep copper. Rich caramel malt aroma (GD seems to be fond of that), an obvious american barleywine from the first sniff. Overwhelming piney and earthy Chinook reminiscent hops contribute a dryness that goes a bit far. Mellower floral and citrus fruits indicate the fact that probably more than one hop variety comes into the blend. Quite harsh hoppiness really, thatís not my favorite type, thatís for sure. The earthy malts are there to offer a match, but fall in front of the abrasive piney sweat drops, simply too agressive for simple bready and considerably powerful toastiness. A bit too much. Full airy body, very strong carbonation. Clean, but rough and hard to tame, youíd better be in the mood. To me in the same ballpark than bigfoot though with very different ingredients. Thanks Ernest.
jtxx (148) - san antonio, Texas, USA - APR 4, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap @ Flying Suacer...$2.50 pint night.
Anyway, it does have a nice aroma. Big hop flavor, but it didnít have me wanting more. Overall, a nice barleywine.
hezron (606) - Viroqua, Wisconsin, USA - APR 1, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Brillian red with a huge, rocky tan head. Fresh pine aroma, sorta smells like an IPA. So I take a drink and wow, major pine hops with resin and then more hops. Very bitter, the finish just sticks around. After half a glass of this I started munching on some Wisconsin white cranberry cheddar cheese. The cheese really helped balance the bitterness and I noticed a hint of sweet malt under all those hops. Fully body with a chewy feel to it. It did grow on me as I worked on my second glass, but I canít give it any higher overall impression.
SayNoToCoors (65) - Wheat Ridge, Colorado, USA - MAR 31, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Not bad! Not bad at all!
This is a nice and chewy barleywine. It has enough hops to satisfy even the biggest hop-heads, yet it has a good sweet Old Guardian like flavor to balance things out. Overall, Iím impressed!
jackamackson (127) - USA - MAR 31, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
dark amber/brown pour, with a nice lacing off-white head. aroma is caramel, some alcohol, sweetness. flavor is caramel, mellow fruit, good hoppiness at the end, as well as some alcohol. good full mouthfeel. a great barleywine.
tomciccateri (938) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - MAR 30, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The dense, deep ruby hues peek through the thick tan head as flowery hop aromas first assault the tastebuds. A rich, sweet malty flavor is paired with a big hop character and leads to a closing hoppy finish. Even at this young age (2004) this one offers a well-balanced and warming experience.
willblake (2626) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - MAR 29, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
03.29.05 bomber thanks to Matta. Lovely red pour, ample tan head and sheets of sticky lace. Great aromas of grapefruit, pine, resinous. This is how I love barley wines to be--strong, fresh, hoppy. Lingering pith and biscuit. Great balance (hop heavy). Iíve had it a few times and I love this beer more each time. Reminds of Victory Old Horizontal in many ways, only less body.
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 29, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The beer disembarks the 22-ounce brown bottle a smoggy rusty-red with a Brobdingnagian light tan frothy head that after it deliquesces, the lace forms a sticky sheet that seals tightly to the glass. Nose is hop floral with hints of fusel alcohol, sweet malt backs it up, start is delightfully sweet and the malt profile significant and the top middling in feel to the palate. Finish is emphatic in its acidity and the hops robust in their spiciness, very dry aftertaste that lingers long on the taste buds, and the high ABV leaves a nice warming sensation, a top notch Barley Wine in my humble opinion.