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.
TBone (15519) - Pori, FINLAND - AUG 14, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark nut brown, small white head. Musty, smokey barley wine nose. Full-bodied. Roasted barley, some licorice. Good beer, could have more character.
brentfeesh (1208) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - AUG 13, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
I’ve got to believe that this was 2003-2004 and I’ve got to give BIG thanks to Brock_Landers. What a nice guy to turn me on to Great Divide! Anyhow, Pours a hazy amber-chestnut color with a minimal head. The aroma is sweet dried fruit ranging from raison to apricot with a light malt base. The hops present themselves as it warms. Fruit, Hops, and malt in the taste are very well blended! Dates, citrus peal and pine hops, and caramel. Hop forward yes, but very well integrated! Body is light-medium, somewhat watery but with a good dry bitterness. Overall this is wonderful. I’d drink this anytime. Great for sipping or for dessert.
unibaren (157) - 8000 Århus C, DENMARK - AUG 12, 2005
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: AUG 13, 2005 Very aromatic. I’m sensing cascade hops, caramel, coffee. Mahogany colour with some carbonation, brownish foam with some staying power, that clings to the inside of the glass. VERY filling, with a lot of sweetness that is (almost) balanced by even more hops bitterness. Unfortunately the many flavours (liquorice, caramel, hops) are overpowering and numbs my taste buds. Hides the alcohol content (10.2%) totally - until you stand up. The sugar content(?) is so high, that the dried beer on my lips almost makes my lips stick together. All in all: Tries to hard, and will never be my favourite barley wine (even if it came in a much smaller bottle).
LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - AUG 1, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
this was aight but not the best barleywine i’ve had. i am not sure i’d give it as much respect as my counterpart. rust colored and thin yellowish head. smells very much like pinesol-- aka piney, lemony, astringent. lots of carmel flavors that coated the mouth even after it was swallowed. some light fruit flavors but nothing too exciting to pick out.
21iceman40 (1735) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 30, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
dark maroon color with little white head that leaves in a hurry. Industrial cleaner aroma, lots of pine and power, can clean any floor. I get a ton of caramel in this and i even pick up some citrus, this is really decent, not overbearing.
richlikebeer (838) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 29, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle courtesy of a trade with kevin, big nose full of grassy hops, grapefruits, and some chocolate malts. body was scarlet red with a thick creamy offwhite head. flavor was sweet early, lots of the caramel coming in, followed by TONS of bitter citrus hops. the blending was unbalanced until this stuff was downright warm, i am talking about outside in the sun for 40 minutes temperature. this was a lot more heavily hopped than any other BW i can think of, but once it was almost hot and smoothed out, i did enjoy it thoroughly.
jfm (1724) - Holbæk, DENMARK - JUL 29, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Chestnut color witha beige head. The taste is a sweet malty body with a nice alcohol balance. Finishes with a very nice dry and warming palate.