badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - MAY 26, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasted at Green Flash. Hazy brown with white head. Caramel and malty aroma. Tastes of caramel, brown sugar, and a crisp, bitter finish.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 23, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2006 vintage, courtesy of tpkenned. Lovely, opulent and cherry gold in color with a fuzzy, serrated sponge head. Deep nose drums up buttery amaretto caramels, papaya rolling in nectar and sweet cherry spruce. English toffee, bing cherries and sweetened pipe tobacco come in a distant second. Flavor lays in as light at first, but then lays a buttered amaretto graham crust flavor onto the tongue with a caramel cap. Pistachios give a nice, subconscious nutty sweetness and crystallized ginger cherries ignite a sweet substance at a tobacco toffee junction near the cusp of the throat. Honey coated ruby red grapefruit suckles in slowly. The bitterness sings with subtle sweetness as a gummy caramel amaretto track makes its mark. Balanced and bright and beginning to take on more body as it grows older. Dry, nearly numbing tongue remarks with cherry cotton and papaya bitterness in the final sequences.
TURDFERGUSON (4043) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAY 20, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from OldGrowth shared at frumpty’s in Greenville after Ryan passed out with southampton abbot 12 in his hand. Some host. Haha. Pours a dark, but clear, amber with a thin white head. Nose is strong caramel malts with a strong and bitter hop presence. Flavor is very bitter as well to go along with the heavy caramel malts. I used to really like my bw’s hoppy and bitter, but this one might be a little overkill. Still, a very drinkable and tasty treat. Thanks Tom.
mephisto (1286) - TAIWAN - MAY 17, 2007
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
it has a cloudy amber color with quickly disappearing head. the aroma is of sweet and earthy malt accented with grapefruit like hoppiness. the flavor is sweet and quite bitter, with lingering note of resins.
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 16, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz. Bottle: Aroma is a little sweet. Smells malty and like chestnuts, but also has some hoppiness and pine to it. Poured an orange/ruby/mahogany color with a medium tan head that lasted throughout. Very good lacing. Clear. Sparkling. Flavor is lightly sweet and lightly bitter. Tastes a little caramel malty to start but then becomes hoppy with notes of resin. Medium body. Slick texture. Average carbonation. Long, bitter finish is also a bit salty. A nice Barley Wine.
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 16, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bomber. Murky brown with ruby highlights. Thick ring of beige head. Sugary toffee aromas. Full bodied with a great complexity. Sweet and citrus with a long bitter following. Big sweet sugary malts. Good amount of alcohol, noticeable but not too daunting. Grapefruit citrus flavors. Finish is sticky and cloying. The bitterness ebbs but lingers. Subtle notes of raisins and sweet cinnamon breads. Fantastic barley!
KingpinIPA (841) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 14, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle via Naven. Dark reddish head. Smell of fruit, hops, malt, cotton candy, hints of caramel and citrus, pine and soem flowers. Taste the same. More malt than hops and I can also taste hints of orange peal and citrus. Still a great Barleywine. Thanks Naven!
waolsen (1375) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - MAY 13, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle. mahogony pour with off white head. nice lacing throughout. big citrus hops, oak, muskky malts, sugar in aroma. dominant hop aroma. medium body. initial hops are very big but fade to oak malts. wet paper, perfume, a hint of metal, floral. a little tangy. dry bitter finish. alcohol very well hidden. seems young and aging wouldn’t improve it.
OldGrowth (3208) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - MAY 13, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, from trade with The_Beer_God. Good aroma, sweet & citrusy. tangerine, orange, little grass, toffee/caramel. Thought of a orange creamsicle as it warmed up. Tad hazed dark orangy brown color, that was a nice red when held up to light, small head, though I did pour slow, but solid head, faded slowly to a covering. Good lacing. Bittersweet flavor, Grapefruit & lime kick in on the citrus, got a little of a plastic scent that I get from some IPA’s & BW’s, grass, orange, caramel. Bit brash. Medium body, creamy oily smooth mouthfeel, bitterdry finish. Tasty barleywine, though flavor lost a little as it warmed and got kind ogf harsh. Aroma was also better cold. Still a nice one to have.
mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 11, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a ruby-copper body with a medium white soapy head. Cereal aroma with fruity, floral hops. Quite sweet and alcoholic. Tea bitterness. Not bad but a little one-dimensional and hot.