DerBiermeister (586) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - JUN 19, 2005
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This was a truly delicious and well-crafted, powerful beer. Yum yum. Not for everybody though due to its powerful stature and kick. Not for light beer enthusiasts, for example.
fly (1420) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - JUN 15, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The recent additions to what’s available in Texas serves to broaden my smile. Barleywines never escape my radar, and this one serves as a fine example of the Cali born tradition as implanted in Colorado. Big murky brown monster - guess that hairy beast is able to stride through mountain ranges with ease. Chewy malt and piney hops a couch and thee till the last drops do leave and encrustation on my goblet. Yum.
Mads Langtved (2244) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - JUN 13, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark red, with huge reddish head. Some alcohol and caramel present. Bitter and sweet finish. A nice, quite hoppy, Barley Wine.
Jeppe (2631) - Brooklyn, Alabama, USA - JUN 12, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark amber colored with an orange gleam, foamy beige head. Sweet aroma with bitter hints. Lots of malt and caramel with orange and hop tones and a bit of alcohol. Warming and slightly alcoholic in the flavor. Malty and nutty with a huge amount of hop leaving a nice bitter end. Quite sharp and not extremely balanced but still very good.
Oakes (13132) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 12, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dull dark amber colour with rich head. Piney, slightly minty hop aroma with breadcrusty malts. Rich, resiny hop flavour. The woody bitterness is balanced by ample whole grain malts, as well as toast and caramel notes. Like most of Great Divide’s beers, this is easy-drinking and well-structured while maintaining stylistic integrity.
Miguel (1181) - Saint-Ours, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 10, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Robe acajou aux reflets orangés surmontée d’une mousse beige fugace. Arômes de caramel, de miel, de malts rôtis, de raisins, de figues et d’alcool. Saveurs d’alcool, de houblon amérisant et de malts rôtis. Très américain.
beeryum (652) - Norcross, Georgia, USA - JUN 7, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz. Very nice ruddy brown. Aroma is sweetly malty with some nice citrus and pine hops. Nice super malty sweet mouth, cut with some good hop flavor and bitterness. Well balanced barleywine.
punkeedo (498) - Covington, Louisiana, USA - JUN 6, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow--for that high of an ABV, you can’t taste a strong alcohol presence. Given, you feel it, but you don’t taste or smell it. This is a good beer--my first barley wine. It has a tinge of a bloody taste, but then a nice sweetness to it that balances out. This is nice. You oughta try it.
Ray1975 (251) - Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, USA - JUN 5, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a dark ruby red with a medium white head. Aroma is hoppy w/ grapefruit, pine oranges and sweet malt.. Tast follows suit with a heavy hoppy, pine and orange flavor.. It has a good balance of sweetness going with the hoppy flavor and a medium alcohol finish.. Good barley Wine!! .
lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUN 4, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a deep mahogany with a dense tan head. lots of thick lace. Smells of hops, tangerine, grapefruit and smoky malt.
Taste is surprisingly hoppy and citrusy. Bitter hops permeate the rich malt. Big carame-like malt. Big body with a sweet and lightly sticky finish. Very long hoppy bitterness in the aftertaste. Pretty drinkable. I like a hoppy barleywine but this one might have been too much. Might need some age to take that edge off. Still, a stellar and tasty barleywine.