aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - APR 18, 2007
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Hops and acetyl alcohol fill the nose with a sporadic whiff of caramelised malt coming thru. Big and very up front bitter with some astringency and more acetyl alcohol. lots of roasted caramel and treacle notes with a ver astringent and lingering bitter finish.
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 16, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared with Blankboy, Hogtown Harry, Jerc, Mds, and Mabel, Harry’s bottle. Getting pretty late int he night at the best quality tasting I have ever been a part opf - strongest too. Nice hopped malt aroma. Dark ruby brown, small tan head. Very bitter taste for the style. Simple, but effective" lots of malt, lots of alcohol and heavy on the hops. Nice stuff.
jercraigs (9722) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 16, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Brown body, with a small tan head. (3+) Solid hoppy aroma, quite resiny. Simple but fantastic aroma. Resiny hop flavour, not particularly unique but an extremely well executed barleywine. Fairly bitter. Medium palate. Quite hoppy. Lovely.
Beaver (1637) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 16, 2007
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
22 oz bottle. Pours a deep copper red with a large fluffy orange-beige head that retains well and laces the glass.
The aroma is spicy peppery alcohol, some caramel malt and a little melon.
The flavor is sweet caramel malts and a little fruit, followed by a harsh paint-thinner like alcohol. The finish is a brash bitterness that lingers in the aftertaste. It has some metallic notes. The mouthfeel is fairly full with soft velvety carbonation.
Overall, it’s too over the top in alcohol and bitterness. It does get a bit more drinkable as you go through the bottle.
HogTownHarry (6374) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - APR 13, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: APR 16, 2007 Bottle (650ml). Shared with jerc, mabel, mds and tupalev - my bottle via trade with DarkElf - DarkElf+ Fest ’07!!. Deep clear amber, average off-white head. Toasty sweet malt aroma and alcohol aroma - simple and oh-so-nice - quite bitter. Average body, quite astringent and fairly boozy - solid BW.
boto (2086) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - APR 13, 2007
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
On tap at Mad Mex Robinson: I see a commonality to the reviews of this beer from this location. I love barleywines, but this was simply the worst that I have ever had. The color was good, being a dark ruby colored brew, with a small off white head. The smell was something else. It didn’t smell bad, but it did smell like root beer. The taste was predominately of root beer. This was close to undrinkable. Yuk!
LinusStick (3223) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 12, 2007
1.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 3/20
On tap at Mad Mex Robinson: There must have been something wrong with this keg. Single worst craft beer I had ever had. Pour was a dark brown with a thin white head. Taste was mildly hoppy and astringent. Aftertaste like mouthwash. The menu said 12oz glasses but they were giving everyone 16. I wonder if it was infected and they were trying to unload it? Awful.
beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 11, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 7, 2008 Cloudy brown pour with a thin light brown head. Good aroma of hops and caramel malt. The flavor is solid with its sturdy caramel malt and resinous hops, it finishes with bitterness. The body is full with a liquorous texture and medium carbonation. Very well done and enjoyable.
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - APR 9, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Perfumey floral, aroma,all from esters, you can also detect a sugary sweetness in the nose, taste is a carmelly smooth sweetnesswith a big hop bitter finish almost excessive, wheat or rye slightly detectable, touch of toffee and hot alcohol. Taste was great,but the finish detracts.Thanks Kingpin
cheap (5254) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 7, 2007
1.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 5/20
UPDATED: JUN 25, 2011 On tap at the Mad Mex. Smells like root beer and cotton candy. This is not yer typical barley wine aroma. The pour is light brown with a rootbeer head that matches the smell. Very strong alky flavor impact. You ceratinly know this is a barleywine when you taste it. The alky content is not hidden and you know this is above 10%. Very little carbonation, flat. Finish is back of your throat medicinal qualities with a bitterness that hangs on your uvula. Lingers and lasts for a while after you are finished drinken the last sip. Difficult. I am not a barleywine lover or expert but this is probably one of the better tasting ones I’ve had. IMHO much better than Laggy Brown Shugga and Bell’s Wheat Love.