Gurst (338) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - SEP 18, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is with alcohol, pine, and sweet citrus. The flavor fought this hoppiness, though, with a rich, sour breadiness. Still a lot of hops, but it still had a great whiskey-like dry maltiness. Very rich, very syrupy.
ABUSEDGOAT (2419) - California, USA - SEP 16, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark amber body with a smallish head. Aroma is hoppy -grapefruity and piney. The aroma is more like an IPA than a barley wine. However, there’s a huge malty flavor too. Caramel is most noticeable. Hints of darker fruits. Finishes sweet thanks to the high alcohol content. As this beer warmed it got better until the end, at which point it began to fall apart. It went from syrupy to overly sticky, and the only thing in the aroma was alcohol.
aussie12 (14) - rochester, New York, USA - SEP 16, 2005
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pow, this stuff assaults your senses from the start all the way through. The flavours compete for your attention, burnt, sweet, hoppy, caramel, toasted, alcohol burn. Somehow it all balances out, this has to be due to the huge malt bill balanced by the huge hop bill. I love this brewery. Good stuff.
Sregnar35 (1031) - Rotterdam, New York, USA - SEP 13, 2005
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow, unbelievably good beer. It’s almost a clone of a double bastard for my money. Dark red color, strong hop taste and a strong alcohol burn to finish, great beer.
jefcon (1537) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - SEP 12, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 15, 2005 Deep amber with no head. Small bead. Some hopcit and apricot deep on the nose, with maple syrup and caramel malt. Pine, citrus, sweet caramel and an alcohol heft on tasting. A slightly floral, but sour, finish to this sipper. I agree that the beer is a bit creamy, and the overall texture to the beer is quite nice.
kbjames (244) - Utah, USA - SEP 11, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is a darn good barleywine with a good kick and a great mouthful. While its not a pantheon member of the barleywin group it packs plenty of punch. If my local beer shop were not charging such an outrageous price for it I would buy it again, but at $9 for a bomber, I can get Stone for $5 less.
Cable (286) - SE, Oklahoma, USA - SEP 7, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled from bottle. Pours murky orange-tinted brown with a creamy tan head and remarkable lacing. Aroma is dominated by fresh plums and a bit of floral hops. Somewhat simple and it in no means foreshadows the flavor. Caramels, piney/spicy hops and dark fruit dominate the bitter flavor. Somewhat resinous aftertaste. Full-bodied, moderately carbonated. Leaves you lips pretty sticky. A good b-wine.
aobecksy (700) - Middle of no where, Ohio, USA - SEP 4, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 5, 2005 Definately a favorite of the new knoxville players crowd at the middle of no where party: Sweet spicey Jesus...nicely done, strong finish; great with steak and good company..eh drew?
Dorwart (2466) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - SEP 3, 2005
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Large light beige head. Very dense and creamy on top. Rich and hoppy aroma with loads of malts, brown sugar, toffee, caramel and some sweetness along with the big floral and piney hops. Color is a thick, murky copper brown. Thick and syrupy on the palate with a big alcohol presence and kick. More sweet malts and caramel. Little hot with the alcohol. Masks some of the flavor. Little bit of hops but not as much as the aroma. A little medicinal but some damn fine medicine. Large alcohol presence at the finish which warms nicely. Some bitterness from the hops. A pretty good barleywine but a little to much alcohol. Thanks to Eyedrinkale for this one.
sandwichpants (117) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - SEP 2, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Glass from 22 ounce bomber at home. Beautiful head, and wonderful color (though not quite as deep and beautiful as some others, but near perfect in my book). Aroma is great typical barleywine, very clean. Flavour is similar, not quite as deep and complex as some others I’ve had (less of the dark fruit esters and stuff like that), and mine had a tinge of metallic in the flavour, but the malt and hop, sweet and bitter, that was all very enjoyable. A little bit of a tingly feeling from the bitterness and alcohol at the finish are nice as well. I’d buy it again!