willblake (2626) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - APR 3, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
04.03.05 Bomber. Fiery, dark amber pour with middling and creamy tan head that fades to a trace. Smells barley wine-ish, but not hoppy at all and too much alcohol. The flavor is very sweet from front to back, especially sweet on and after the finish. Bready malts are really pumped up and readily overwhelm any chance a hop might have of coming through to visit the palate. Some orange/berry, but fragrant as with a tea. Hints of cocoa. Interesting, but not exciting.
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 31, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice shiney ruby color. Thin creamy off-white head that leaves a dusty coating / ring. Aroma is good, but nothing exceptional. Nice hop aroma bite... piney orange with sweet caramelly malt with some leather. Mouthfeel and balance is a little off-kilter. At first it seems watery, but it has some underlying syrupy/resiney hops. Taste is mostly malty and peppery orange/pine hops. The finish approaches a sweet / dry woody thing. As for balance, the orange hops are deviating from the pine and approaching sour. The sugary malt is there for a decent amount of balance, but it just seems like that; sugary malt.
hopscotch (8367) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 27, 2005
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle... Orange/amber ale with a small, fizzy, khaki head. Decent retention. Wonderful, multi-layered, stratus lacing. Grapefruit, sweat, toffee and alcohol aroma. Sweet, malty, alcoholic flavor. Lots of hops, but good lord, does the alchohol bite and bites hard. Bittersweet. Full-bodied and oily with moderate carbonation. Lengthy, bittersweet, alcoholic finish. Way green and overwhelming. They should throw this stuff in a barrel for about five years; then you’d have a beer with promise.
Kevin (2005) - Colorado, USA - MAR 23, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
pours amber with a yellow tinted white head. british hop smell that is somehow dusty dirty with a pinch of pine. sweet strawberry taste with some chocolate. wondeful sweet finish. overall a light and fruity barleywine.
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - MAR 22, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Beautiful body with a thin head. Taste-low bitterness, raisin, sugar, molasses, grass, alcohol, caramel, chocolate, and chicory. Great hops use with perfect sweetness.
2philosophers (16) - Ridgewood, New York, USA - MAR 19, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Got a large bottle of this at American Beer Distributor in Brooklyn, NY. Prominent alcohol taste, and you can taste the brown suger. Bit of a bitter aftertaste-- this almost tastes like an ESB. I can see where some people would really love it-- I don’t, but I do like it.
Brewnoser (27) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - MAR 14, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
One of those beers that some will love while others hate. Had it right off the bottling line before it got a label. Thought it was a brown ale, and then after a few pulls realized I had some alcohol going on. Complex, alcohol/sweet balance, with some almost corn liquor things happening. Hard to categorize. Good beer. Like some Belgians, does not overtly show the high alcohol. I’d want some in my cellar on occasion.
DYCSoccer17 (3155) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 14, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very piney aroma with mild caramel notes. Extreme pine-tree aroma. Sniff sniff. Mostly transparent garnet-copper color with a small to no light tan head. Piney, sweet, moderately hoppy notes to start. This turns into an elegant mildly sweet caramel. This finishes nicely and has a great mouthfeel. I’m a fan.
Probiere (992) - Iowa, USA - MAR 14, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice copper-caramel color, little head, so sweet and mild smelling. Taste: straight-forward sugar, caramel, alcohol, hops. Buttery notes in flavor and aroma as it warms. A bit cloying.
droomyster (14) - USA - MAR 13, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a short copper colored head that recedes quickly. Body is slightly hazy deep brownish red. Strong aroma of cherries and molasses, grassy/citrus hops, lots of alcohol and red grapes. Big blast of sweetness, brown sugar? Heck yeah, and well supported a strong bitterness. Light doughy yeastiness. Full body, light carbonation. I consider this the chewiest of the chewy. Goes down slow and sticky, lingering medicinal taste.