Dogbrick (9096) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 25, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This Barley Wine pours a dark reddish-brown color with a thin light brown head. Thin lacing. The aroma is malty and fruity. Lighter body than most Barley Wines, with flavors of roasted malt, caramel, and fruit. The finish is very sweet and borderline cloying. Not the best of the style, but maybe a "Beginner's Barley Wine" due to the lighter body and more sedate flavors.
Zach Diesel (906) - Sisters, Oregon, USA - JAN 20, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
tobaccolike and slightly smokey aroma, chocolate brown with sand like sediment, burnt maltiness, some chewy meat like flavors and dark chocolate notes
Kaya161 (1128) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 20, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Too much chunky brown sediment. Deep auburn/ruby colour. Malty/spicy aroma with similar flavour.
Braudog (5965) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JAN 4, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Solid leather-brown color with cratered foamy head. Yeasty and fruity aroma. Acidic mouthfeel, tart and roasty. Alcohol is evident. Good desert beer; why am I drinking this with football?
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 28, 2003
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Slightly cloudy brown color with a modestbut stable small bubbled light tan head. Rather light in aromas, with some toffee, caramel and light fruit with a yeasty backdrop. Sweet plum and dates fill the flavors. Some undertones of cask wood and chocolate malts. Nothing overly complex, but quite soothing after an exciting NFL Sunday. Go Pack!
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - DEC 12, 2003
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Nearly opaque red/brown with brown head that's fairly large but quickly dissipates. Somewhat sweet nose, a bit vinous, dusty, tobacco, a little metallic. Quite sweet, overcarbonated, leaves a very bitter finish. Some toffee, chocolate ntes, hints of red wine. Thinnish mouthfeel.
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - NOV 19, 2003
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hmm...this beer looks like a snowglobe after dusk. Which might be a good thing, I'm not quite sure. There is a slight fruity aroma to it, in combo with the hefty barley malt to it. Flavor is not much like a good barley wine likd the old horizontal. This is too sweet and not malted enough. Not too dissapointing, but I wouldnt get it again.
mribm (458) - Ocala, Florida, USA - OCT 12, 2003
1.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 5/20
Bottled. Malty aroma with white chunks floating in it. I was deceived by the 9.89 ounce bottle, until I realized it didn't fill my 12 ounce mug. It was the same size as a 12 ounce bottle. Now for the taste...horrible! It was also expensive. Not worth the money in my opinion. I really hate being deceived about how much beer was in the bottle. Never again will I buy this deceptive crap.
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 5, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
One of the coolest colored beers I've seen in a while. Sometimes red, sometimes purple, sometimes almost blue. Not much head, but that's not surprizing. A very cool aroma: sweet and spicy with raisins, plum, caramel, a bit of nut and whole grains. A truly tasty beer with plenty of sticky, sweet malt and some understated hops. One of the best English style barley wine/old ales that I've had. Very smooth with plenty of flavor and character.
omnivore (270) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 26, 2003
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Chez Mittenstein - June 2003: Color was dirty brown with floaters in it. Aroma, sweet and malty. It was a 'level' taste, similar to the Harvest Ale, but more bitter.