HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 5, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a looks perspective this is one mighty brew. The head and lace are thick like a beige merengue. The nose is earthy, citrusy, and spicy. The palate is full of iron, earth, and bitter hops. I am glad it is 28 degrees out right now, because this is a serious cold weather brew that is very warming. I really dig this beer its very complex.
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - NOV 14, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From the bottle pours a dark mahogany with an off-white head. Very hoppy aroma, a blend of citrus and spicey hops. Malts were fruity and toasty with a nice chocolate flavor leading into the finish. Finish is hoppy, leaving this beer probably great to age. Cherry shows in the aftertaste and a bit of woodiness.
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 7, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle #201 shared by Blake. Clear red body under a thick foamy tan head — great lacing too. Bitter, effervescent aroma. Nice velvety mouthfeel. In the flavor you’ll find brown sugar, sweet brown malt, tootsie roll chocolate, and bitter grapefruit hoppiness. A damn fine hoppy barleywine.
1FastSTi (3336) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 2, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 7, 2006 GABF 2006. Listed as Barely Wine. 10%. Pours to a nice dark chestnut body with a creamy tan head. The aroma is extremely malty with lots of barleywine smells. Nice balanced hoppiness. The flavor is maple syrup, wood, nuts, barley, bright hops. Something doesn’t meld quite right, but still very good. Creamy dry palate.
Bottle #201/6000. Nicer flavor, mellow. Mmmmm.
Ratman197 (9874) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - SEP 27, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap @ Falling Rock poured a clear reddish brown with a lasting amber head. Aromas of wet cardboard, brown sugar and dark fruit. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of molasses, dark fruit and a hint of wet cardboard with a lingering dry bittersweet finish.
Kevin (2085) - New Mexico, USA - SEP 27, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
tap at the falling rock. 9-06
muddy, and bloody pour with a lasting, and i mean to the last sip lasting, brownish head.
aroma is booze, cherries, toast, and syrup. a bit greasy and dusty, but good.
taste is burnt bread(in a good way) strong fruit, cherries, pineapple, raisin, and dates. you can still tell a bit of hop flavoor, but the bitterness is not anywhere near a strong level.this is a nice married flavor that works. nice dry finish leaves lemon meringue, and chocolate. a damn fine beer. so good i had to go downstairs and write my thoughts down just to make sure i remembered this beer.
Aubrey (3433) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - AUG 22, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 28, 2007 Deep, dark amber. Nice mouthfeel -- smooth and weighty. Inviting, fruity nose. Sharp, rich and edgy toffee and toasty caramel. Big hops from start to finish, with stark pine and sweet grass. Rather tasty stuff. Malts and hops seemed to work well together. Warming -- but not biting -- alcohol. Very drinkable and tasty.
BeerandBlues2 (9730) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - AUG 7, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Naven. Pours mahagony with a medium tan frothy diminishing head. Aroma is heavy malt (cookie, biscuit), yeast (grassy), wood and caramel, candied fruit (apple), perfume notes. Medium bitterness and acidity, malt and perfumey alcohol, dry malt finish. Medium and warm body, fizzy-dry palate.
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 6, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. 5268/6000. Beer is a murky, dark-ash brown color with a small, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing head. The aroma is rich: Malty with a moderate note of toasted grain, light note of caramel; Hoppy with a moderate herbal note, light note of lemon zest; Yeasty with a light note of basement; Moderate miscellaneous note of spicy alcohol, burbon, trace note of sour peach. The flavor is heavily bitter, lightly-to-moderately sweet, lightly acidic with a long, warm, lightly bittersweet finish. The body is full, the texture is velvety and the carbonation is lively.
Ernest (6232) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 6, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2012 Bottle (2011-2012 batch).
Head is initially large, creamy, off white to light brown, fully lasting.
Body is dark amber.
Aroma is moderately malty (caramel, toasted grain), heavily hoppy (grapefruit, apricot, mango, papaya, passionfruit, resin), with notes of black tea, vanilla, honey, toffee, blackberry, raspberry.
Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately to heavily bitter.
Medium to full body, velvety/creamy texture, lively carbonation, moderately to heavily alcoholic.
Surprisingly good, based on the awful 2009 batch I last rated. This is a tropical fruit bomb (probably from both hops and esters), in a good way. Really enticing nose despite some resinous hops mixed in, just tremendous complexity. Rich in the mouth without being syrupy/sticky, well-balanced for its size, non-abrasive. Damn near quaffable, which is scary for a near 11% brew. For a west-coast style barleywine, this has a surprising amount of depth and elegance. And just look at that head! Even though I tend to prefer more malt-driven renditions, this is one of the best barleywines I think I’ve ever had.