MrBunn (2653) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 11, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pour is a beautiful, coppery brown color with a two finger head that is somewhere between tan and off-white. Aromas are decidedly sweet and have a bit of a piney hops lingering in the background. Brown sugar sweetness mixes with some toffee flavors that dominate the front end of the flavor spectrum, only to give way to a generous dose of piney hops that drive you down the homestretch. Well done brew, but not going to be one of my staples any time soon.
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - DEC 11, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
350 ml bottle from Holiday Wine Cellar. Pretty golden orange color with a small white head. Good sweet caramel, alcohol, and candy aroma. Caramel, molasses, and abundant hops to the taste with a nice bitterness and alcoholic warmth in the finish.
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 10, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Caramel liquer aroma,with a good dosing of grainy hop,taste is a very pleasantcaramel and maple with more hops and a growing alcohol presence. ,Sweet and bitter finish,The malt and alcohol dominance precludes any hope of this being any outstanding barleywine,but a bottle of this is a good computer companion
Nihon (247) - Vernon, Connecticut, USA - DEC 9, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
No head, sweet aroma, very light. Lightly hopped, spiced flavor. Brown sugar barely noticeable. Overall very nice.
drfabulous (6004) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - DEC 7, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
For a barley wine, it is very light, very sweet. Not super strong and malty. But thatís fine. This is a drinkable beer for those who donít like barley wines and a nice easy barley for those, like me, who canít get enough of barley wines.
douglas88 (8011) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 6, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from trade with Ty. Pours a light brown with little to no head. The taste is mostly a sweet smooth malt, some hops, citrus, cinnamon and apples, and some brown sugar. Itís a great mix that really blends together nice. No real notice of the alcohol. An easygoing drink with a lot to like.
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - DEC 3, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
The first bottle I tried was far too hot. It reminded me of an overcooked doppelbock. Subsequent bottles were quite a bit better, with huge but clean sweetness and a bit less alcohol. I did not notice the aggressive hopping that others report. Instead, I found the hops simply to be playing a balancing role, and playing that role rather well.
BigMilly8 (389) - Wesley Chapel, Florida, USA - DEC 3, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From bottle : Pours a clear dark copper color, with a small foamy off-white head that dies to a nice ring and lacing. Has a nose of nice sweet spicesí and some brown sugar. Taste is the best for a BW that i have had, probably cause there isnt as high of a alcohol content. The taste is sweet, and has some hops to it, also spicy. Palate is semi-thick bodied, and a little sticky toward the end. Pretty darn good i have to say.
craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 30, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 21, 2011 bottle. definitely the sweetest barley wine Iíve had. pours a deep red with no head. aromas of brown sugar - itís in there for sure. I was hoping for a stronger aroma though. hoppy, medium bodied, spicy on the palate.... very good. wonderful sweet and sugary aftertaste. I was looking forward to this beer after reading about it in DRAFT and it has delivered. Great beer.
WickerBrew (311) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 30, 2007
2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
UPDATED: DEC 17, 2007 Well this was interesting. It is definetly exactly what it says it is, so I canít claim to be taken unexpected. Its just not my thing - way way way too sweet. The sweetness actually hits right away, and it finishes dry which I was mystified by. Also, the 9.9% is very well hidden, by the taste I could have sworn it was under 5. I am all for pioneering ideas, but I wouldnt have guessed to be the kind of thing that travels via sixpack - its a little bit out there for me.