rajendra82 (914) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - MAR 19, 2005
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAR 26, 2005 The brown 22 oz. bomber yielded a chestnut red beer topped with a two finger beige head that lingered on, and left clumpy webs of lace. The look was classic barley wine, and the smell was as well. Hop aroma was piney, citric, bold, and refreshing. The malts were difficult to detect via the nose, but not so via the tongue. The initial taste was mellow and sweet, revealing wave after wave of dried fruits like raisins, figs, and apricots. The hop assault followed shortly afterward with grapefruit, black pepper, and an assertive bitterness. Sticky coating on the tongue, long after each sip was finished. And sip is about the best way you could enjoy this complex and powerful beer. A barleywine that is all together at the time of release. I suppose aging will only make things better still.
Aurelius (3731) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAR 19, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Rich pine, citrus, western hop and amber malt aroma. Poster art label. Deep ruddy, woody brown. Big head. Fiarly heavy hopping, toffee, citrus AIPA flavor. Moderately sweet, abv apparent, but didnít seem too strong. Did we really need another of this style beer?
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - MAR 17, 2005
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 18, 2005 Aroma is quite juicy with a largely present display of caramel all the while a leafy woodish hoppyness fully escapes, persists, and evolves, over and beyond the caramelsí capabilities. Mirroring a Stone Old Guardian and Double Bastard-type nose with just a bit less malt but still has all the hops. Quite....nice...Hints of grapefruit and tangerine zip and pop to the surface as it warms along with some peculiar tin-ish notes.
Husky hazen, darkened burnt orange edges with a rusty brown centering color and one immensely bubbled and compactly built inch high head of softly foamed dark ivory. It sits and sits and sits before finally subsiding to a thickly set skim of milky ivory froth and big bubbled peaks. Lacing coats the glass much like a fine morning frost.
Taste is a hop laden twisted treat of sweet pine, parching grapefruit in the middle, caramel drenched biscuits balance out a fair portion of its body along the way, yet leafy/woody and dry in all parts, finishing strong with scorched bits of pineapple and tangerine. Somehow always dry, leafy, and resin coated; powdery and charred cedar is left on the lips. A majorly charred/roasted sense caps off the end with a bit of hopified pulpy heat mixing with a smoldering hop spice of cinnamon, vanilla bean, wood, and roastafied malts. Great hop profile here with leafy wood, scorched fruits, drying stuff, parching stuff, roasty stuff, and an evenly leveled bitterness that seems to never end! What a "Ruffian" of a hop ride this stuff is, wow!
Feel is quite hoppy and thick, above a medium body that builds as it sits with a bit more smoothness then youíd think, yet trys very hard to conquer over the dry, charring woody hops, but never quite makes it there. Oh it trys and trys and trys, but those hops dominate with a mighty heavy-handedness. The hops are nearly overbearing as far as its overall consumption is concerned, yet calls to those who conjure up the Hop Gods to satisfy a quick urge. This is no quick urge though, the 22oz bomber stares at you, daring you to continue to empty its contents ítil you no longer can tell time.
Mercy me this is historic hop potion.
JK (4174) - Uptown, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 13, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark orange. Aroma is powerful with hops. Flavor is sweet but with hop bitterness. Very thick and heavy. I didnít pick up the floral elements. Bitter aftertaste.
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - MAR 13, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Holy Cow! This is one fine barley-wine! Pours with a head that hides until itís good and ready to form- watch out when you pour, as the head will form after about a 3/4 pour into the glass. The taste is sweet-- almost strawberry-like-- and the malt is almost a nice afterthought. Very enjoyable; another fine effort from a great brewer.
DocLock (7225) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 9, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to JCapriotti for this one. Pours "My wifeís toenails" red with big tan head. Aroma of huge fruit, caramel malt, big resiny hops, black pepper, and slight dirty socks. Tastes very fruity (melon, grapefruit, strawberries) with a ton of hops. This is another barleywine that reminds me of Avery Hog Heaven, but I give this one the edge for balance and complexity. Super smooth, fruity, hoppy palate and finish. A standout, as is the case withg all GD big beers.
jazz88 (2510) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 9, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. A dark ruby brown color with a creamy light brown head. A lush, sweet, intense hop flavor, with cascading joy on the tongue. I like these kind of barley wines. Itís thick has lots of caramel, loads of hops, pine, lingering wood and grapefruit. A sharp aroma with alcohol, pine and sweet sugars.
rudolf (2304) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAR 7, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Ruby, craggy tan head w. good lacing. Big fruity malt nose. Very rich, caramel, malt, floral bitterness, dark frits. Lingering bitter brown sugar finish. Iíd like to see how this ages
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - MAR 5, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Muchos Gracias to footbalm for this one! Murky dark copper with a dense, lasting, tan head. Looks very nice in the glass. The aroma is massive citrus, pine, sweet malt, caramel, all that and then some. The flavor is quite alcoholic throughout, very bitter with contained sweetness. Full creamy body. Certainly a monster among American barley wines, but I think that it is too disjoint, things are not really coming together for me. What this one needs is some time to mellow.
TheBeerGod (4913) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - MAR 5, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Thanks to JCapriotti for this one! Deep copper body with splashes of crimson throughout. Compact dense tan head full of microbubbles. Nose is very hoppy and piney with sweet malts, caramel and light wafts of alcohol. Faint citrus comes through as does creamy maltiness. Taste is piney with alcohol notes, light earthy hops, light flowery notes, some citrus, caramel, light hints of toffee, alcohol soaked dark fruits, and light brown sugar. Very rich and hoppy barleywine. Body is full with creamy carbonation and pleasant stickiness. Kind of syrupy at times and thereís a mild alcohol warmth. Finishes with more big piney hops, light alcohol, caramel, creamy malts and moderate floral notes. Nice barleywine!