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 (6563) - 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 (8396) - 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.
Speedle (266) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 29, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
first wiff is IPA, 2nd says malt yeast hops and caramel...sweet rich fruity taste..alcohol is very masked...nice and enjoyable, relaxing sweet treat
AgentSteve (1647) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - NOV 29, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 21, 2009 Beautiful pour with ruddy brown hue that is almost transparent. The head is full and foamy, tight with bubbles that dissipate to substantial lacing. The nose is sweet and bready and a touch of citrus hop. The flavor is subtly sweet, but not too much, with malt and a bit of a sting from the alcohol. Clean finish without any bitterness. Very easy drinking.