SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 3, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bottle. This one pours a rich chestnut color with a creamy beige head. I must say that it improved as it warmed - Iím rating it much higher at room temp than I would have between ífrig and cellar temp. Aroma is sweet and malty, cherries, molasses and a hint of cinnamon along with some bold hops and the alcohol evident. Flavor is sweet and spicy, a touch of maple, citrus hops and again very evident alcohol. Full thick body and very little carbonation. This is good as is and should be interesting as it ages as well.
mjg74 (2457) - La Mesa, California, USA - APR 1, 2005
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle 1328/6000. Pours a dark ruby color. Head is a little dingy. Aroma is quite fruity and hoppy. Strong aroma. Flavor starts out a little subdued, followed by a dry malty flavor. As well as hoppy bitterness. Alcohol is present in the finish, but not too much. Overall I would say this is good but is not remarkable.
giarcsr (103) - Carlsbad, California, USA - APR 1, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is a pretty good barley wine. It has a great dark amber color to it and a good balance of head and carbonation. Flavor is nice and malty with a solid hop finish. I think that barley wines are a hard style to really get right, and I think that this beer is about right for the style. There are only really minor tweaks (little less hop aftertaste) that could be made that would make this perfect. Great beer from a still young brewery! Canít wait to see what they are producing in the next few years.
papajohn (1248) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - MAR 25, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Deep ruby color. Medium tan head that fades quickly. Aroma is rich and malt sweet with a hint of grapefruit. Flavor is rich and sweet at the start with a hint of black cherry comming thru. It has a light tart bitterness and a kinda dry grapefruit rind finish. Palate is rich and smooth. 10% ABV well masked, but makes itís presence known.
DarkElf (3013) - La Jolla, California, USA - JAN 26, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Draft: Liarsí Club in San Diego, CA) Several months ago, I rated the 1st and 2nd Anniversary Ales side by side, but lost the notes, so now Iím doing a solo tasting of this beer. But I can definitely say this is a bolder, more intense beer than last yearís Anniversary Ale. Very flavorful, sweet, malty, and mildly roasty flavor is balanced by a strong bitterness and fresh tasting hoppiness. The nose is sweet, malty and hoppy. The bubbly, light tan head and deep ruddy brown color make for an attractive beer out of the tap. The head fades to a film with several large bubbles providing some contour to the head. Plenty of spiderweb lace is left on the glass. On the cusp between American Strong Ale and Double IPA. I like this a lot. I didnít think Green Flash had it in íem. Nicely done, guys! But between the strong flavor of this beer, and my spicy Cajon fries (which I had to eat after rating this beer, and they were cold by then), I wonít be able to taste anything for a few days.
21iceman40 (1731) - vienna, West Virginia, USA - DEC 19, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
pretty damn impressive looking. had a dirt brown thing goin on in tha color dept. kinda smelled like dirt and malts, like the dirt floor in the basement of a barn. I was pretty damn impressed at the body as it was full and malty and even nutty. very subtle for the amount of alcohol in it. i give it respect
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 11, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
nice and dark transparent chestnut color with little head..mostly just a halo of suds..very subtle aroma of nuts, dust, and malt. Nutty and malty flavors with slight peanut skin astringency..some solid bitterness in the foundation. Not that shabby.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 11, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This barley wine pours with an amber body topped by a medium thick head with some lacing. The aroma is slightly sweet adn caramelly/toffeeish with a slight grapefruit note and a touch of alcohol. The flavor is sweet and malty with candy sugar notes and a nice hoppy bitterness. Full bodied and dry.