puzzl (3216) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 29, 2008
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by that Beer Drinker of the Year 2001 guy. He’s the man. Acrid, strong, alcohol filled aroma, loaded with bitter hops and gasoline. Kind of old flavor, oxidized already though new, but still rather light and mellow. The polar opposite of the aroma. Soupy and heavy, though soft on the tongue. Pretty nice, if you can get past the smell.
beerbill (3200) - Laurel, New York, USA - JAN 14, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle thanks to my friend J. Pours a slightly hazed reddish amber with a moderate-large off-white head that lasted through the first two sips and left partial lace. Very pleasant aroma of caramel and sweet malt with some pine notes present as well. The flavor is caramel and sweet malt up front followed by a solid dose of piney hops. Moderate bitterness at the finish caps off this barley wine nicely. Medium-full bodied. Good stuff!
theisti (3008) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - MAR 30, 2009
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle from eaglefan538. Pour is ruby orange brown with a one inch off white head. Aroma of caramelly sweet malt, toasty, and some citrus hoppiness behind that. Nice, full nose. Really nice balance and melding of the hops and malts. Taste is caramelly, brown sugar, and the citrus. Some grainy mineral bright fruit sweetness behind that. Taste is nice, but not as full as the nose would suggest. Palate is medium full, mouth coating. Nice one, thanks for this one Brian.
Hophead22 (2880) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - SEP 24, 2008
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Another big IH 750ml bottle courtesy of Swolf3. Poured dark brown, with a tan head. Dry aroma, dried fruit as well. Very luxurious flavor, just permeates the tastebuds. Very enjoyable.
eaglefan538 (2803) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - MAR 21, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Closing out the opening day of March Madness with a 750 from the Wilmington location. Poured an orangey brown color, slight murkiness to it, but nothing extreme, tons of carbonation in the pour and a head that was strongly retained during consumptions, steady flow of replentishing bubbles. The aroma was piney resinous, caramel, raisins. The flavor was strong caramel, dry dark fruits (raisins for sure), strawberries (surprised to see that exact descriptor below in a review), vanilla, and very strong pine-resinous and spicey hops. Mouthfeel was only moderate for the style, far from sticky, highly carbonated (I’d venture to even say too highly carbonated, which probably led to a more light-moderate impression than moderate-heavy). Outside of the body, this thing did indeed resemble SN Bigfoot, imo (also noted below by another reviewer).
Bockyhorsey (2607) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - APR 15, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle coutsey of Sparky27 at hellbilly’s. Nutty caramel aroma. Murky brown with average head. Got mostly just a caramel flavor and some dried fruits and maybe some wood taste in there. One of those odd brews to figure out but glad I got a chance to try it.
BOLTZ7555 (2603) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - APR 14, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sparky27...Thanks for a chance to taste a brew with only 10 ratings!!! Hellbilly...thanks for the Phoenix Tasting!!! Always a good thing to get those passionate about beer together!!! Gem quality garnet with eggshell foam. Hoppier than expected given the style...also lower ABV than typical in a barley wine. Age will benefit this tremendously.
adrian910ss (2268) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 23, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml bottle. Pours a muddy brown caramel with a thick beige head. Aroma of caramel, toffee, tangy citrus and grassy hops. Taste of tangy citrus with a strong caramel malty presence.
beastiefan2k (2201) - 2nd City (formely NYC & KS), Illinois, USA - APR 20, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750mL shared by theisti. Pour is dark, hazy, reddish copper, cannot see through it. It has a small bit strong head, lightly sticky. Aroma is super strong, syrupy, alcoholic malts with a bit of an stringent hoppiness. Taste follows suit with a bit less of the astringency. There is the alcohol but it evaporates without leaving an alcoholic aftertaste. Its a strong barleywine like the other many strong barleywine, I don;t know what better way to describe it, this style of BW was once super cool and interesting but has become boring (I can get many similar for a much better price). Has a very thick and syrupy mouthfeel.
Sparky (2132) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - APR 14, 2008
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at the Hellbilly Phoenix tasting (4/13/08). 2005 vintage bottle from me courtesy of GMCC2181. Thanks Gabe. Pours a clear amber color with a decent beige head. Nose is malt, citrus and pine hops with slight alcohol. Palate is hoppier than I expected with sweet malt, dark fruits like plum and raisins. Slight alcohol bite in the finish. Reminds me a little of Big Foot as others have suggested, though not as good. I winder what this was like when first bottled - the hops must have been really strong.