TrevorFloyd (309) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 28, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
As sweet as you’d suspect from the name, I thought it had a unique style for a barleywine. Fairly medium-bodied, the taste of the alcohol really seemed to come through (but not in a bad way). Easy to drink, but still complex enough to enjoy thoroughly.
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - JAN 23, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark reddish brown with a nice thick head and light lacing.
Aroma of sweet malt, brown suger and ripe fruits.
Flavor is mild sweet and not overpowering. Ripe fruits, citrus, black cherrys.
Good easy drinking barley wine. not overpowering, alcohol is well hidden.
Not bad at all.
sfontain (793) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 21, 2006
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Small sample at beer tasting at From The Vine in Lewis Center, Ohio. Clear brown; oily. Aroma of malt and citrus. Flavor is very heavy on brown sugar with amazingly hot spicyness and citrus; surprisingly hoppy. Full and sticky.
SB (333) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 18, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I HAD NO IDEA THIS WAS A BARLEY-WINE. It’s my first.
Poured a reddish amber. Big creamy/frothy white head. Aroma fruity and sweet. I picked up grapefruit in the nose. Sweet flavor. I definitely tasted the brown sugars. I got a fruity flavor but couldn’t pick up what it was, caramel, and I also picked up some hops in the aftertaste. Not overpowering though. The hops came out more in the flavor as it warmed. Nice alcohol warming in my stomach. Medium bodied, full-complex flavor and well balanced. I was very impressed with this brew especially because I didn’t think I would like it.
mephisto (1268) - TAIWAN - JAN 17, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
a very tasty barleywine, malty chewiness and certainly full bodied, this is a textbook brew. well balanced.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 12, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Strange looking pour, falling into the snifter with a hazy rusty-copper color. Cracked, windshield glass looking head with decent slowly cascading, beady lace. Ripe raspberry fig neutons channel straight up the nose, joined by sodden oak vats containing leaking cherries, sage, prune, dates and cranberries. It’s a perfunctory fruity ripeness that elicits a sinus headache with each sniff. Oily, syrupy and viscous impressions imparted as raspberry danishes and boysenberry pancake syrup flavors resonate. Elemental sun-spoiled peaches foray with a vinaigrette quality. Not a flavor whomp, but well-composed. Suggestions choc full of V8 Splash similarities, principally pulling on mango, grapefruit and pineapple. Alcohol presence is barely discernable. Syrupy, fluid and dispersing on the palate, yet gentle, delicate and slippery at the same time. Significant citrusy hops but not much of a bitter brigade, finishing with sweet mango, black cherry juice, strawberry cream cheese and spruce accentuated potpourri. Thanks for the bomber, tpkenned!
Lubiere (9772) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 10, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Red orange copper ale with a light moka head. Aroma of brown sugar, light hops and citrus. Sweet candi sugar with lots of c-hops and citrus, and alcohol warmth. rich and lightly oily. May 2005, Capflu’s BW tasting.
Hooker (467) - Coquitlam, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 10, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear reddish copper colour with thin off white head. Mild sweet hop nose with mild carmenl malt comming through. Bitter hop taste with lingering blend of bitter hop sweet malt and alcohol finish.
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - JAN 10, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is one nice refined American barley wine. The hops come out quickly in the nose right after some sugary sweet malt smell. Hints of caramel linger around the citrus towards the end. Fortunate for me, the hops do not bombard my mouth with bitterness. There is a nice strong malty backbone, a thick but not overbearing alcohol presence. Mouthfeel seems to be only a slight bit bitter and very viscous. Fills the mouth with its presence but goes away quickly. This would make for a nice regular strong ale.
Beaver (1270) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 9, 2006
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a reddish orange with a thin white head that quickly dissipates to a small collar.
The aroma is sweet brown sugar with pine, fruit and paint thinner-like alcohol.
The flavor is sweet sugary caramel malts initially with a metallic bitter alcoholic finish. Fruit and cola some out as it warms. The mouthfeel is medium and kind of watery.
Overall, I was not too impressed. The flavors did not balance well, rather harsh and raw and too sweet for my tastes. I didn’t much enjoy it.