Kinz (3410) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JUL 20, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This was really good. Slightly hazy ruby brown, bordering into mahogany, with a thick creamy head that slowly faded, leaving lacing and a fine ring even after quite some time had passe, unusual in such a thick beer. Massive caramel, spruce, and grapefruit aromas. Tasty, almost chewy caramel and toffee malts greet the tongue, which is then sandblasted by bitter hops, with loads of resiny pine and citrus. There are also some dark fruit underpinnings throughout. Great fresh, I suspect this would age nicely as well. Good stuff.
jasonp (1556) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - JUL 16, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 18, 2005 Pours cloudy reddish brown with an off-white head. Aroma of piney hops, dark fruit and caramel. Flavor has spiciness, pepper, pine, resin, grapefruit, oak, dark fruits, toasted malt, caramel, toffee and a hint of cherry. Pleasantly sweet with a ton of hop bitterness, which lingers on the tongue forever. The body on this is just beautiful; thick, lush and creamy with the perfect amount of carbonation. Great head retention. A really nice barleywine.
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 16, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pour is deep ruby with a big dense thick off white head...smell is pine, soap, plums, and cherries...maybe vanilla too...taste is intensely sweet then bitter...seems a little over the top, but good indeed...
MrRomero (1976) - Nolanville, USA - JUL 15, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bottle: Damn, this is a barleywine. Big, huge malt aroma, brown sugar, soap, hops. Caramel brown with a thick rich tan head. Big rich hoppy flavor with a nice malt backbone. Appropriately bitter finish. Damn good beer. Impressive.
lamas (1425) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 14, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz. bottle. Pours a deep amber with a thick, fluffy and creamy dark sandy-tan head that leaves TONS of lace. Aroma has alot of pine, citrusy hops and plums to go along with the candy-like malts. This is THICK and RICH! Possibly the thickest beer I’ve ever had that wasn’t an imperial stout. Very sweet, caramel, piney malty start. Floral, citrusy hops are present in the very bitter, dry finish. Quite sticky. Leaves the impression that I’ve just licked some delicious tree sap. Some warming alcohol throughout. Very powerful and intense.
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 14, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep reddish beer with a nice solid tan head. Light roasted malty aroma with hints of some fruity hoppyness. Malty flavor with some caramel sweetness and a hoppy finish with notes of pine.
Zach Diesel (906) - Sisters, Oregon, USA - JUL 11, 2005
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
chewy candy malt aroma, ruby colored with a massive tightly packed head, initial pleasant smokiness with some candylike maltiness before my palate was bombarded by rubbery aggressive hop bitters that lack subtlety and balance
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - JUL 8, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cranberry-red colored body, dark but no shades of brown, just red. Head is a light foam of toasted whitebread bubbles. Aroma is sweet and powerful, strawberries, melons, heavy malt. Really big beer, taste and tons of alcohol with sweet caramel and tongue sizzling hops, bitter coffee and bitter veggie taste. Foamy head really leaves beautiful lacing. Just a really solid beer in all facets.
Odeed (1796) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUL 7, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
the old ruffian poured a beautiful deep red with a nice creamy half in head.as i drank the head left thick webbing on the glass.my nose could gather sents of hops,grapefruit,roses,and a tad bit of malts.the flavor was very well balanced with a mix of chocolate,whiskey,grapefruit,caramel,and a nice bite to finish it off.this is a very complex and smooth barleywine.much thanks goes to snowtiger for sending it to me.
smoosh (536) - New Albany, Indiana, USA - JUL 6, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle - great big malty sweet aroma. Just the way I love a BW to smell. The hops are definitely there, too, but the malt is the star. It reminds me of Louisville’s BBC Bearded Pat’s, but not quite the malt. Deep, dark cloudy body with a beige head atop. Mmmm ... tastes good! Again, the malt is way out front and as the flavor fades the hops come to the fore. Creamy mouthfeel with the slight alcohol sting. This is a really nice barley wine. It would be very good with some age on it, but I just don’t have the patience!