Ernest (7120) - 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 Iíve 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 (3191) - 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 (12774) - 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 (6166) - 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!
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - MAY 29, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of Naven. I had this right after it was released and didnít take notes but remember it being much hoppier. Remember enjoying it a lot. Hops have mellowed into a very drinkable BW w/ a malty flavor w/ a hint of hops. Possibly a little watered down. Past itís prime?
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - MAY 27, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber shared with gputty. Hazy brown with a yellowy head. Nose is nutty chocolate and pine. Walnut flavor, with coffee and chocolate notes. Fairly bitter finish. Liked it quite a bit - not your average BW.
gputty (456) - Virgina Beach, Virginia, USA - MAY 27, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 19, 2006 From bomber. Pours a dark amber with tan head. Caramel malt nose and slightly fruity. Roasted caramel flavor with a medium bitter finish. Thanks to fordest for this one.
Picked up a fresh one of these, and wow, what a difference! Huge pine hopped nose with citrus underneath. All that malt is still there, but fighting just to be known against all the hops. Fantastic when fresh and a good one to age. Original rating 8-4-7-3-16=3.8