goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - NOV 29, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 23, 2006 Poured a slightly hazed mahogany color. Malty aroma with some fruitiness and a touch of soap. Caramel and fruity flavors with a moderately bitter finish. A good bit of warmth from the alcohol. 7,4,7,4,15,3.7
GABF 2006:Slightly hazy brown color with a medium sized beige head. Fresh hoppy pellet aroma of pine with a sweet fruity malt base. More sweet fruity malt in the flavor. The flavor is fairly thick. Big bitterness and hop finish. Warming in the throat. Bigger hop presence this time bings the score up.
legion242 (2344) - 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 (1278) - 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.