TheEnemy (564) - Chicago, USA - AUG 29, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22-oz bomber from The Corkscrew in Urbana IL. The best American barleywine I’ve had since Lakefront’s Beer Line from years back. Rich malt aroma slightly punctuated by floral hop character. Pours a sexy rich ruby-reddish brown and forms a nice tan tightly-packed head that sticks around forever, or until you vigorously wash out your glass, whichever comes first. Hop character starts out a trifle too aggressive for my taste -- Northwest hops don’t seem to suit this style well -- but this mitigated as the beer warmed up. Thick almost cloying on the tongue. Great Divide continues to impress.
rickgordon (3846) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 27, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled, sampled at ølbaren during the RBESG pub crawl.
Dark brown colour. Loads of US hops in aroma along with a fruity, caramelly character. Seemed very soft at first sniff. Mouthfeel was very smooth, loaded with hops and fruit notes, very perfectly malty with that American pine tone. Bitterness was big but also perfect. A wonderful Barley Wine.
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - AUG 22, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep reddish amber, horsechestnut body, thick head formation. Piney citrus leaps out in the aroma with creamy malts and almond. Creamy palate, toasted malt and caramel flavor, dry roasted hazelnut, with intense citric grapefruit fighting its way through. Very Double Bastard.
Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 22, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Mahogany brown with a thin head. Aroma is sweet with a little caramelized malt. The alcohol is intense and warming but not at all out of balance--it simply is the focus and is backed up by sweet brown sugar malt notes and surrounded by a nice assertive hops character.
tjthresh (1867) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - AUG 21, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
22 oz bomber. Pour a beautiful clear garnet/mahogany red. A creamy whipped head forms that lasts the entire pint. Notes of caramel/toffee, cooked brown sugar, and ton of hops rush right to the nose. You can taste all 90 IBUs in the beer. Almost to a fault. There is an alcohol burn that I can do without also. There is some big hop flavor with enough malt sweetness to keep this beer from crossing into the Imperial IPA catagory. Quite full bodied and mouthfilling. Everything clings to your tounge for a while. I think it might hang on too long. Old Ruffian is worth the 6 buck I paid for it. I just think it might be a bit too over the top.
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - AUG 20, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark amber color with big tan head. Aroma is malty, with lots of caramel, notes of vanilla and alcohol. Flavor is malty, very bitter throughout, with a fair amount of caramel, orange. Alcohol is present throughout.
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - AUG 19, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Muddy brown with a light brown head. Chicks eating nachos in my room trying to ruin the aroma. AR: thick and malty, caramel, slight chocolate...basically pure sweet malt...damn dominant! Flavor is thick and chewy... chocolate slight? some caramel, creamy, some citrus, so complex! Quite fine all around. I wish I Had more deScriptives for this beast. A fine brew indeed. Raisin. Hoppy.... good amount of hops. Yeah this owns!
Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - AUG 18, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at the monthly meeting of the Champaign-Urbana Beer Club. I held this in one hand and Thomas Hardy in another, and it amazes me there’s only a one point difference between the two on this site. Some of the same caramel and honey flavors are there, but the palate is much thinner and the flavor profile much less complex. There’s a solid hop finish that’s a bit more citrus and piney than most barleywines. This is good stuff, just not nearly as good as the ratings would have you believe.
hammenlind (737) - Sundbyberg, SWEDEN - AUG 17, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark brown colour. Woody, smoky nose. Great bitterness. Some residual sugars is present, and fruits like raisin and plum. Dry and hoppy. Warming alcohol. Very well balanced.
wnp22 (698) - Toronto (Roncesvalles Village), Ontario, CANADA - AUG 16, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance is rusty brown colour, thin tan coloured head. Slightly lighter in colour than what I would expect from a barley wine. However.....
Candy sweet aroma, caramel, figs and hints of alcohol. Flavour is bold and strong. Fairly intense sweetness, slight metallic flavour, but with hoppy bitterness that lingers in the background, attempting to balance out the sweet and nasty tidal wave, but ultimately fails and oh well, it should, since this is after all, a barley wine.