TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - MAR 29, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to awaisanen for the trade. Pours a deep translucent ruby red amber with a large creamy tan head that sustained and left lots of lacing down the side of the glass. Aroma had loads of crystal malt, some dark fruits, fresh citrus hops with hints of vanilla and toasted bready malts. Flavor was up front caramel/toffee malt quickly followed by a moderate hop bitterness. Hop flavors of pine and grapefruit. Also picking up some dark fruits rather dry and no cloying sweetness like you would tend to get with some Barley Wines. A nice hoppy West Coast version of this monster of a beer.
guzzler67 (1647) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - MAR 27, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear, deep copper appearance with a large tan head and good lacing. Aroma is a blend of caramel malts and resinous hops. Full bodied mouthfeel with bready flavors interlaced with a sharp citrus hop taste. Dry, bitter, earthy finish
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - MAR 26, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 5, 2007 Bottle. Aroma of piney hops and some sweet malt. The malt dominates the flavor and leaves a peppery aftertaste along with the hop bitter aftertaste. Lots of throat warming, feels like more than 10%.
alexanderj (3513) - Branson, Missouri, USA - MAR 26, 2007
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: APR 20, 2007 Poured a dark ruby-brown; large off white to light brown head. Good aroma, very strong, of pine, citrus, caramel malt and alcohol. This one is definitely a sipper; alcohol not even hidden a bit. Leads to some throat warming. Bitter ending, follows a huge caramel malt beginning. Fruity throughout. I liked it, but would not be able to drink this too often. Just so strong and powerful.
Nate (4022) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 24, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Mad Mex, Robinson. Mild alcoholic estery aroma. Fruity, mild acetone or ethyl acetate, very aromatic and addictive but odd. Fumes, a lot of fumes. Deep brown-amber clear with a bit of haze. Thin tannish head. Heavy body, watery with a bit of silkiness to it. Mild carbonation. Starts with a lot of acetone and ethyl acetate vapors, alcohol and sharp sweetness. Fruity. Quite a mix of chemically sharp compounds, sweet with some molasses and licorice. Good hit of bitterness in the finish, with nice bitter and sweet balances. After is dry and bitter, with estery lingering burn. Harsh, but a nice barley wine.
Arayaga2 (2080) - portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 23, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 20, 2008 Nice dark brown with small off-white head. Aroma is very sweet and citrusy and not unlike an IIPA. Taste is a quite bitter but balanced by equally high residual sweetness, and lingering fruity notes. $5/22oz
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 23, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle sampled with Beerded_one. Pours mohogany with a compact light tan head. Aroma of raisins, caramel malt, toffee, and hops. The flavor is caramel, fruit, citrus, and piney hops. Good brew.
carl4beer (522) - Fairfax Station, Virginia, USA - MAR 23, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
pours a dark amber with a nice head. has a fresh sweet grassy aroma, very not barley wine... but nice. mouth is sweet and malty with some fuityness that is overtaken with a big floral hop. way over hopped for a barley wine, but i like it. it is like a barley wine for hop heads. pleasantly different
burpfrank (299) - carpinteria, California, USA - MAR 16, 2007
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
This had a small head.dark murky brown.Aroma was somewhat inviting of sweet caramel and biting green apple tart.It has a heavy body and malt taste.Very much a barley wine.I am not a big barley wine fan,so i didn’t enjoy this beer .The barley wine flavor is very strong.Kind of medicine taste,with a sweet caramel topper.Hard for me to drink this,as it is a heavy tasting beer.
merlin48 (656) - Jenkins, Kentucky, USA - MAR 15, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled as 2nd Anniversary Ale, number 4884/6000. Murky, opaque mahogany body with a sturdy tan head and sticky patch lace. Aroma is toffee, caramel, burnt brown sugar, and dark fruits. Creamy body is almost full bodied. Taste has some roast, dark fruits, molasses, grapefruit and pine hops and alcohol warming. More like a Belgian strong dark ale with serious hops bittering than a barleywine.