ukoolaid (576) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 22, 2006
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a very nice opaque brown/ruby color with a thick off-white head. Aroma is caramelish sugar with a good kick of hops. Taste is moderately sweet, toasted brown sugar, big dry hops, a little spice, and an alcohol bite. I enjoyed it.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - FEB 19, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz bottle. Clear ruby/dark amber body topped by a dense light tan head. An aroma of sugar wrapped hops. Very sweet malty aroma which in some ways contradicts the hoppy flavors. Not that the flavors are not sweet but certainly hoppier than I had expected. Caramel-hoppy-alcohol. Full rich body with an alcohol burn after the swallow. Decent but not a stand-out.
Numenor (871) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 17, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Brilliant brownish red body, with a small white head. Sweet fruits and malty aromas. Honey and possibly some cardamon are noticable. Sweet flavor, heavy in mollasses and dark fruits. Very sweet ending. The brown sugar is very noticable throughout.
lamas (1360) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 17, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle. Pours a clear, candy-colored amber with a thick, creamy British khaki head. A good bit of hops in the nose with oranges at the forefront. Some brown sugar and a little alcohol round things out. Medium to full-bodied. Fairly sticky. Not much of a surprise that this is quite sweet. Lots of candied sugar and malty caramel flavors with some oranges. Just a bit of bitter, resiny hops in the finish along with some orange rinds. The alcohol is definitely noticeable in both taste and warmth. Not bad, but not the flavors I prefer in a barley wine.
xproudfoot (750) - Paleolithic, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 15, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. APA-like floral hop aroma embedded in a fruity malt sweetness. Orange-red-brown with dead head. Hadnít guessed this was intended to be barleywine. Itís a bit too easy-drinkin for that, which works in its favor to some extent. Tasty bitter sugar, expect to see crystals of it floating around in there. A little bit 2d bittersugar about it, with some nice hop in the finish that gets easily overpowered by the sweetness; if you let a few mouthfuls linger, you can feel some nice hops stuck firmly to the roof of your mouth. Doesnít really need the sugar, could almost work as a strong apa if it wasnít quite so sweet. An acceptable drink to be sure, but nothing Iíd seek out. Actually after a few more sips and time I changed my mind. Tto be honest i kinda like it, the sweet hop feeling of the finish in your mouth is really nice, if a bit simplistic. Itís not overly stong either and for a 9.9 thatís no mean feat.
dkoonce (911) - Peopleís Republic of Athens, Ohio, USA - FEB 12, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Brown and clear with a large head. Aroma of hops a molasas. Very sweet, lives up to the name. Well hopped and the balance is good for a heavy beer. Finishes a bit sour.
roder60 (1284) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 10, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a slightly hazy orange red color with a small amount of fizzy white head. Aroma very sweet and molasesy, yet very very fruity. Flavor is very sweet and malty with a tad bit of bitter sour citrus and a strong alcohol prescence. Overall, pretty tasty.
BeerandBlues2 (9690) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - FEB 5, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at Falling Rock in Denver. Pours brown pecan with a medium foamy off-white head and spotty lacing. Pine floral hop aroma, malt (caramel, nutty, medium roasted grains) with brown sugar and cinnamon notes. Flavor is medium bitter, hoppy pine, caramel malt and creamy, smooth brown sugar. Medium bodied and creamy palate that leaves dry.
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 5, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Amber resin-like color with a tall, off-white, almost cinnimony head. Buttery aromas of maple syrup, rose petals, and hoppy residue. Slightly sweet, caramelized brown sugar mingles on the tongue in its syrupy texture with a pleasant herbal hoppy note toward the finish. Clean, buttery conclusion to a very nice beer with very little bitter bite.
BitchesBrew (714) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 31, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 8, 2006 [22 oz. bottle] Looks like a nice clear red/amber color. To me, this bridges the gap between modern hopped-up IPA (or IIPA) and straight-up barley wine. I like the overall balance of sweetness turned to hop aromatics and alcohol burn. I can really feel the alcohol presence in this one. But, as I continue drinking it and it warms, I taste more citrus and slight ginger. Very good.