acertain (249) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 27, 2005
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Unfortunately, I wasnít logged in when I wrote up more verbose comments, and it didnít preserve them. In brief, Iíve decided I just donít like the flavor of barley wine. If you do, you should probably ignore my rating....
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 25, 2005
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle, 2004. A dark brown with light ruby tints, thin and quick white head. Heavily hopped aroma, with some caramel laced pine cones swimming in cognac. A body of molasses syrup, dried plums. Endless depth and class, a flavor which escapes vocabulary and transcends the world of beer. A masterstroke in the art of barleywine.
fordest (2135) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - NOV 21, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2003 12 oz bottle. Thanks Kramer17801 for this bottle. I know I would never be able to age a beer like this, I would not have the control not to drink it. Murky Brown with a very nice head. Lacing lasted forever. Aromas of dark fruit, cherry and plum. Molassas in fthe flavor to accompany the fruit and the alcohol heat. Very tasty Barley Wine.
Sammy (9981) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 19, 2005
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2004 edition thanks to Joe McPhee. Not as amazing an experience as the 2001 edition perhaps because of youth. Creamy orange and pienapple and well hopped out in front.
ABUSEDGOAT (2419) - California, USA - NOV 13, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2005 Didnít pay any attention to the bottled year so guessing this one. (update: 2004) Cloudy amber body with a nice head. Huge strong malty aroma. Dark fruits, caramel, chocolate come from that. Definitely a bitter Barley Wine since there was also a noticeable hop presence. Despite the hop bitterness and the 11.5%, this went down like nothing. It was one of the best Barley Wines Iíve had.
tiggmtl (4545) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 13, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pear, chocolate, marzipan, liquorice and alcohol are apparent in the aroma. Opaque brown-amber coloured body is topped with a low, fine bubbled, off white head that recedes rapidly to ring. Strong alcohol and pineapple fruitiness with big, brown, malty sweetness and a moderately bitter, roasty finish. Quite dry, medium-full body with strong carbonation that prickles the tongue and cheeks. Strong alcohol warming. Bottle (Secret Santa, Dec-04) sampled with MartinT and Olivier_MTL. Thanks, TChrome!
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 12, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Lush, thick, frothy, rich head over a dark burgundy/dark reddish brown body. The aroma is fruity - raisins, vanilla, woodiness, dates and more! Potent! The alcohol presence is obvious, but it is not unpleasant - warming for a cold fall night. Very full flavor, and full of fruitiness, with some vinous notes. Very heavy brew and an all-around good barley wine.
notalush (5512) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 12, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 9, 2008 2004 bottle - intense deep amber/red color with substantial head (but actually pretty small for HOTD) - complex and inviting aroma, marked mostly by dried herbs and caramel, but with background notes of rolled oats, prunes, brown sugar, and port - thick, chewy mouthfeel - very sweet, but not cloying - intense spiciness cuts the sweetness considerably - all aspects of the aroma are present, and thensome - a woody, earthiness - light smoke - lingering hops and a "just right" alcohol presence to remind you of the gravity of the brew you are drinking - with a few more years aging, this may be worthy of a 5.
Ughsmash (7426) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 9, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2004 bottle. Poured a deep, rather eerie copper/orange with a nice layer of well-retained creamy beige head. Brilliant aroma of herbal hops, earthy malts, dried dark fruits, figs, and caramel. Flavor was much like the aroma, but added about 4 levels of depth and some wonderful flavors that I didnít pick up in the aroma... lightly charred oak, a very well-placed alcohol presence, dried pine needles, molasses... Seemless and smooth on the palate, covering all the happy little taste buds with its goodness. Pretty heavy and warming on the finish. Leaves sticky fruit and tingly alcohol on the lips. Fantastic brew!
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 31, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark red, hazy, intense hop and dried fruit aroma, flavors are an earthy cherry and caramel, with a pleasant hop finish. Sweet almost sticky mouthfeel. Very good.