matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 2, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cheers to RateBeerian zathrus13 for sending a couple bombers of 2nd Anniversary my way earlier this week! - I had a little Barley Wine tasting with a couple buddies at the Dunedin Brewery Tuesday night. Consensus was that this was the favored of the 3 we sampled!
Poured with an abnormally dark crimson body. The head was resilient; a tall tan hue laced the inner glass. The aroma was bold with the typical Alpha West Coast hops, but there was something very unique to this beer! There was a herbal profile that really stood out. Mainly anise, hints of black liquorish from aroma to finish; Big grapefruit zests, hint of ginger root, a sweet roasted barley, hint of smoke, lots of toffee and clues of caramel. The palate was bliss. Chewy, oily yet sticky, long lingering lustrous dry finish! This was a marvelous B-Wine, and I’m now thankful I have another bottle in the cellar!
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - FEB 24, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 25, 2008 Bottle at Enniskillen’s tasting
Pours a nice medium brown/amber with an aroma of grapefruit and raisin, with hints of plumb and port wine.. Flavor is very mellow raisin, bread, and a slight cinammon preceeded by a strong rush of alcohol-soaked hops with a vodka finish.. Palate is flowing and coating. Enniskillen said he has aged this a bit, and it shows- it has definitely mellowed out the flavors but kept them well-defined.
beeryum (652) - Norcross, Georgia, USA - FEB 5, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Dark ruby brown pour, Big caramel malty aroma and flavors. Some medium fruits in there - pear maybe. Alcohol is noticable. Biscuity too. Good.
Lubiere (11373) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 10, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brown ale with burgundy hue with a thick moka head. Nice caramel malt and herbal hops with nice alcohol in aroma. Nice hoppy taste intense grapefruit, not overley sweet, but very good malt base. Rich bodied. May 2005, Capflu’s BW tasting.
allfreej (554) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 6, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the Liar’s Club in San Diego. A wonderful example of a barley wine, with a malty aroma, ruby red pour, malty, suagry flavor, and a sticky mouthfeel.
bitter (1136) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - JAN 2, 2006
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
this one i had on xmas eve. poured dark brown haze with a tan subtle head. nose of sweet flax seed and malty. mouth pushes most of the same feel with a harsh fullness of back bone bitter and alcholness. really big and young. needs to sit for a while to mellow to what could be pretty good.
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 31, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUL 16, 2007 Dark Brown Coloring with Tan Head. Sweet Malt Aroma. Sugary Taste...with Wet and Dry Hops. Malty Background, but Hops Rule and Alcohol Keeps You Warm with No Reservations. Different Take on a Barley Wine but Nice in Either Case. Overall the Hops Create a Course Dry Taste but Syrupy Malt Keeps Things Fairly Balanced. Nice Aggressive Winter Warmer
badgerben (4651) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - DEC 30, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown color with a thin head. Sweet malty nose with a little sugar to it. Oddly enough, the taste switches to slightly bitter, coupled with some nice coffee notes. Kind of an odd barley wine, but definitely enjoyable.
5000 (6600) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - DEC 24, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle: Blackened caramel, plum highlights, moderate tan colored head, foamy, nice lacing. Rich malty nose, strong biscuit, a touch of apple or pear skin. Fairly sweet malty start, quite biscuity, even a little bit of soy. Slight hop bite on first sip, lingers well after. Noticeable metallic finish, very tin like. Body is fairly robust, mouthfeel isn’t as viscous as I would have liked. Needs to be sweeter and more citrusy, especially on the finish. Too malt oriented with a bitterness that doesn’t seem to come from hopping. Thanks Stephen for the bottles!
Enniskillen (2044) - Salinas, California, USA - DEC 21, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very good. Very malty, slightly metallic with traces of hops left behind. Has a tinge of lemon zest. Nice mouthfeel.