Aubrey (3482) - 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 (10547) - San Diego, California, 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 (6546) - 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.
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 6, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 21, 2006 Bottle. Beige frothy head, dark red color. Aroma has floral hops, hearty malts. Tons of hops in the palate, very rich and not overly bitter. Great sweet malty flavors, almost cidery. Balanced alcohol. Solid bwine.
Silphium (3188) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUL 17, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
<!-- i -->Bottle #4502/6000.<!-- /i --><!-- br -->Murky red-brown body, medium ochre head. Caramely, bready, sweet aroma with touches of brown sugar; resiny, grapefruity hops. Toasty, caramely body with earthy bitter resiny hops, definitely faded due to age. Alcohol rather subdued. Creamy, rich, sticky body. Good, not great. Probably was better fresh.
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 15, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 7, 2006 Deep ambery brown body. Creamy light tan head with great lacing.
Taste has sweet fruity malt, some roasty character, piney grapefruit. You can tell it has a bit of age on it, but its still pretty good. Would like to have tried an earlier sample.
Update - licorice and cough drop in flavor.
argo0 (11915) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 29, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(2004 Vintage) Clear mahogany body topped by beige head. Aroma is moderately sweet, pine/grapefruit, caramel, cherry/peach. Taste is moderately sweet, grapefruit/pine, caramel, raisin. Full body with fair amount of stickiness.
Rastacouere (6155) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 27, 2006
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Not totally clear dark amber hue. The head is rather generous at first for a barleywine, off-white and slowly diminishing. Generous nose of brown sugar, maple, richly malty. Vinous side showcases strong fruitiness (grapes, peaches) that complexifies its otherwise sugary feel. Strong flavoured in mouth, balanced with both strong sweetness and strong bitterness that do not interefere overly with one another. Smoky, earthy hints toward the finish complete the chocolatey, fruity flavour profile. Just greatly extracted toasted malts and well put leafy balancing hops. Thick bodied, sufficient active carbonation. One of the very best in a flight of 20+ barleywine samples.
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 7, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle from Windy City liquor in El Cajon. I think over time the % has gone up in this beer.....maybe to 10.5-11. Pours a deep copper color with a tan head....nice lacing. Nose of dark fruits such as plums, grapes and raisens. Flavor the same with some malt and hop notes....a great beer!