BBB63 (6037) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAY 2, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks Mike for opening the bottle, this was the surprise for me of the night: Ruby hued with a long lasting frothy head and very good lace. The aroma has notes of pineapple, grassy and floral hops, hint of dry oak and earthy esters. The taste got a big WOW! Big fruity front end with minor bittersweet chocolate characteristics. A note of spice and pine upon the finish and even a bit of the oak showed up as well. The feel is sticky and lush with a sharp finish. This is a winner, I really found myself digging it.
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - APR 29, 2005
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark amber color. Small white head. Aroma is funky malt, lots of apples. Flavor is sweet caramel malt, and piney hops. Interesting. Thanks to one of the "hampton inn" crew for sharing this one.
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 29, 2005
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a deep brown hue with a hint of red/amber when held up to a bright light. A very nice light tan head forms with wonderful lacing. Aromas of grapefruits and tangerines, with hints of oak and pine. A little spice eminates as it warms. Flavors of coffee, with a lingerind, thick mouthfeel and finish. More flavors of a light soy sauce and a hint of sourness that ruins the finish.
SDalkoholic (2146) - Linda Vista, California, USA - APR 7, 2005
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 14, 2005 Bottle # 2525/6000 First off my mouth is watering at the very sight and aroma given off. The nose is hoppy and has some citrus aroma along with some malt hiding in there as well. A big flavored beer that has many things giving it its own personality from other barley wines. Starts off with some hop and citrus of grapefruit, then i noticed the caramel and malt in the background with some notes of sugar sweetness perhaps brown sugar. A beautiful mahogany with thick brownish tint and haze occurring while a semi thin head will remain on top through out the drink.
Update: A gave it a couple more points from when i first rated it because this beer leaves a big impression on memory. I hop i can wait longer than 2 months before i pull another out of my cellar.
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 6, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours an opaque ruby amber. Off white head, nice lingering. Cascade hop aromatics, evidence of large malt content as well. Fairly chewy palate, crisper at the finish due to alcohol. Intense Cascade-type fruity bitterness in the nose, medium heavy body with nice flavors from malt and other sugers, possibly maple syrup or honey. Highly alcoholic finish accentuated by residual hop bitterness. Has excellent potential from examination of the initial flavors, despite lack of high integration that only aging will bring. I will put a few bottles down and re-rate in a year or two.
fordest (1994) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - APR 4, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at San Diego Brewing Co. Nice Brwon color with a decent head. Sweet aroma that is also evident in the flavor with additions of hints of grapfruit. A mildly hoppy aftertaste and a great finish.
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 - I’m rating it much higher at room temp than I would have between ’frig 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 (2492) - 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! Can’t wait to see what they are producing in the next few years.
papajohn (1249) - 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 it’s presence known.