trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 22, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Interesting brew. Has the content of a barleywine, but is surprisingly light tasting for the same. Scent is hoppy and acidic. Strong bitterness in the taste, with some piney accents. Sweeter finish. As barleywines go, not my favorite, but it is a good beer.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - AUG 19, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2006 Second Anniversary Bottle #786/6000: Pours a clear deep copper brown with a thin, lightly-lacing off-white head. Aroma is an interesting fresh, hoppy and grassy mix with a touch of citrus and some sweet caramel toffee underneath. Body starts rich, sweet and gritty with nice fresh, bitter hoppiness and a touch of chocolate chip cookie dough. Nice complexity with a very good balance. Still could use some aging to mellow and blend together but should be real good in another year.
fatty (363) - Perkiomenville, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 13, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep red / mahogany body with light tan lacing head. Leathery, malted cherry aroma. Vinuous taste with warming alcohol finish.
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - JUL 30, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from DA. Browhish colored witha tan head. Very hoppy aroma. Medium bodied. Super hopped flavors dominate this West coast BW with the malt hanging in there just barely. Decent to good.
hopdog (8225) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 22, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle acquired in trade with DarkElf (thanks!). Bottle 3144/6000. Poured a dark mahogany color with an averaged sized tan head. Aromas and tastes of tobacco, dark cherries, leather, and caramel. Light alcohol in the aroma and more in the finish. Lightly sweet.
egajdzis (5116) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 21, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a reddish brown color with a small, light tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of lots of caramel malt, dried fruits, tobacco, and wood. Taste of citrus, chewy caramel malts, nuts, bitter citrus hops, and a nice alcohol burn. Thanks hopdog!
Odeed (1773) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUL 15, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
192/6000 i picked this up not really knowing anything about the beer/brewery.so here we go....poured a very deep red (almost brown) with a tiny white head.lots of caramel malts and some grapfruit in the aroma.flavor is again on the caramel malt side.with a bit of smoke,grapefruit,and prunes.pretty tastey stuff i must say.
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 5, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 4801/6000. Dark amber w/ a bright, purplish hue. Creamy finger of beige foam. Good lace. Hoppy aroma of mint, grapefruit, & pine w/ a solid malty framework of caramel & chocolate & some earthy notes of leafy tobacco. Thick, resiny feel. Rich, complex flavour--roasty, solidly malty (brown sugar, caramel, toffee, chocolate), fruity (plums, dates) & very hoppy (grapefruit). Big, lingering finish. Well done.
tiggmtl (4545) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 6, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Strong hop nose offers suggestions of grapefruit, orange blossom, earth, lime with obvious malt characterisitics of caramel, tobacco and chocolate and just a hint of roast. Clear brown body with generous and lasting cover of tan, fine-bubbled head. Orange, grapefruit, lime-citrus, leafy hops with thick, chewy, underlying bready, biscuity, caramel malts. Though complex, flavours are separate and distinct and could perhaps benefit from some time to get to know one another in the cellar. Medium-full body with moderate carbonation and a creamy texture on the tongue. Bottle 4801/6000 (trade - May, 2005) enjoyed with CapFlu, Goldorak, Joey_Capps, Olivier_MTL, Lubiere and MartinT. Thanks, DarkElf!
beerguy101 (5244) - Newark, California, USA - JUN 4, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle. Bottle #1609 of 6000. Very dark amber read color. Medium sized tan foamy head. Strong long lasting lacing. Aroma is dark fruit, dark malt and sweet. A medium bodied Barley wine. Malts are fruity, caramel and sweet. Hops are grapefruit and piney. Nice balance. A maltier barley wine. The 10% alcohol is only slightly noticeable. Nice sipping beer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.