legion242 (2228) - Richardson, Texas, USA - NOV 24, 2005
1.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 4/20
A very one sided BW. Very heavily malted flavors- oh, this is there second anniversary? Goes to figure- this is a very pedesetrian offering.
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - NOV 14, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Courtesy of Pailhead. Pours dark mahogany with only film. Aroma has huge caramel and toffee up front with some piney resin in the background. Flavor much the same, very sweet caramel malt up front, with lots of piney hops as it warms. Has a burnt grain/smokiness in the finish. Very weell done.
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - NOV 13, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle from fordest and darkelf. Pours a dark brown/amber color. Nose is chocolaty and malty. Taste is a very sweet caramel chocolalte flavor. Finishes with some light bitterness and a caramel aftertaste.
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - NOV 2, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled. murky brown color. malty nose with tons of hops stillevident. Also has a detracting menthol note to it. Flavor is malty and chocolaty but somewhat thin in flavor.
stubby (334) - Santee, California, USA - OCT 25, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
A "west coast" style barley wine, meaning they bitter the malt to death. This would age well, if the bitterness calms down. Reminiscent of Stone beers, heavy handed hoppiness. I do detect a bit of raisiny sweetness on the finish as it warms... Special B? Very good beer, and an excellent value. I may lay down a case for a year or two.
JCW (1275) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 24, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 13, 2007 Thanks Herbjones! Well made barley wine, sort of in the mold of DBL Bastard. Aroma is sharply(from the alcohol) fruity(figs, raisins& mangoes)sweet with the hops coming in as pine, rotting leaves and twigs. Flavor is fairly tart. Finishes fairly sweet with the tartness from the hops completing the full tasting.
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - OCT 11, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
pours a muddy brown with a fine layer of tan foam.Sweet maltiness is the major hit with some dark fruits on the side.Also rich in toffee.A nice brew with a lingering flavor of caramel.
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - OCT 7, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark dense brown appearance, thick creamy head formation. Rich malty aroma, caramel with spicy pine hops. Thickish rich palate, sweet caramel, chocolate, hazelnut with an emphatic grapefruit bitterness that only gets subdued by the richness of the malts. Delicious stuff, but very much a la Double Bastard.
chilehead (186) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - SEP 29, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 30, 2005 Bottle 239/6000. Pours dark auburn with a thick and fluffy head. Nose is deep and complex like a port, with some fruity notes of pineapple and figs. Mouth feel is medium bodied, flavors of pipe tobacco, burnt marshmallows, sandalwood and cedar. A marvelous brew.
barleyPops (1141) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - SEP 19, 2005
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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Thanks to Saarlander for scoring this limited edition bomber for me in a trade. great looking dark brown with a tan head which fades to a ring of lace. aroma of caramel & toffee, prunes & raisins. flavors are of the same caramel, toffee, prunes, raisins along with some very mild chocolate notes. kind of sweet but not so much that my lips are sticky. piney hop presence comes thru on the end. almost medium bodied. I get a slight warming from the alcohol towards the end but all in all, a very well balanced and enjoyable BW. Big Beer drinkers should be seeking this out.