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 it’s 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 (7437) - 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 wife’s 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 (2522) - 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. It’s thick has lots of caramel, loads of hops, pine, lingering wood and grapefruit. A sharp aroma with alcohol, pine and sweet sugars.
rudolf (2310) - 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. I’d 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 (5006) - 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 there’s a mild alcohol warmth. Finishes with more big piney hops, light alcohol, caramel, creamy malts and moderate floral notes. Nice barleywine!
3fourths (7771) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 4, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 14, 2012 The color is a dark brown with an attractive toasted bread crust head with dashes of cinnamon. Has a nice caustic sweet plum and bubble gum hop flavor over the top of a roasty and nutty sweet molasses. Too hoppy, even for someone that loves Bigfoot... this has those astringent IIPA qualitiues that I just do not like.
steview (1012) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 3, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
snifter / well, this is absolutely delectable! awesome aroma (PNW hoppiness and maltiness), appearance (indian brown body with burnt orange or light ruby highlight; slightly active with tiny, spaced bubbles; super tight bone white head that wants to not fully diminish--super frothy and slightly rocky--so it can lay lazy and froth all its existence; lots of thick and sparkly rings of lace for each long sip), flavor (PNW influence with a lot of malt to match; sappy, piney, floral, slightly sweetened grapefruit... With just the slightest saltiness--a sign of age, personally. So, for hoppy beers, the less age the better--for me, anyway!), palate (silky, a bit dry, but so round and full), and I am very pleased! THIS IS A "HOP-FORWARD BARLEY WINE" !!! This is an IIIPA!!!
Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - MAR 2, 2005
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Large off-white head on a dark amber body. Aroma is pine, yeast, caramel and alcohol. The flavour is very sweet with resiny and citrus hopping. Aftertaste is far too resiny for my liking. This lacks the complexity of the the similar brews by Stone and Alesmith but it’s still a good hoppy barleywine.
bu11zeye (11760) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAR 2, 2005
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Bottle) Pours dark amber body with a large, creamy, butterscotch-colored head. Juicy grapefruit aroma with some caramel malt. Nice balance of hops and malt. Creamy mouthfeel; bitter finish.