sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 13, 2005
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The flavor of this one kind of sneaks up on you. The aroma is very sweet with no trace of bitterness. However the flavor is nicely balanced with the sweet malty flavors you expect from something called brown sugar, to a nice bitter hoppy finish that comes out of no where. Very solid brew, I look foward to trying more of their beers.
RooftopRogue (423) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - DEC 11, 2005
1.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 7/20
A sweet aroma consisting of molasses, hops, and citrus. Copper colored with no head, only archipelagos of bubbles. The taste defiantly doesn’t hold up to the aroma—it is bitter and rather non existent.
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 5, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sweetest barleywine in town. Pours clear mahogany with a minimal tan head. Aroma is all brown sugar with some hops. The taste is different from anything I’ve ever had. Very malty up front, with some hops that moves quickly into the brown sugar finish. Alcohol is completely hidden in the taste. Based upon the taste, you would think this a sweet stout over a barleywine any day.
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 4, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This beer pours a clear, medium brown with a tiny, diminishing off-white head that leaves behind a tiny bit of lacing. The aroma contains notes of raisin, brown sugar, alcohol, caramel and a strong hop character. The palate seems thinner than most barley wines—light to medium with a slightly creamy texture and average carbonation with a strong alcohol bite at the very end. The flavor is initially sweet giving away to an average-length, hoppy/piney bitter finish. Pretty tame compared to the barley wines I’ve had this far.
dhlesq (233) - Thousand Oaks, California, USA - DEC 2, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma of brown sugar or caramel, along with orangey citrus. Appears a crystal clear copper-red with a miniscule tan head and noticeable effervescence of fine bubbles. Flavor is sweet in front, with a hop blast in the middle, and with a brown sugary sweet finish that ends with noticeable hop resin. The flavors are well-layered but not truly blended. Perhaps aging would help. Palate is medium-thick and barleywine-appropriate. Overall, this beer could stand some aging for purposes of blending, and it is just slightly less than the sum of its parts.
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - DEC 2, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured dark amber out of the bottle with a sizable white head. Aroma had brown sugar and caramel plus courant, dark fruits and hops. Taste was wonderful with the balance being terrific. Mouthfeel was so malty and chewy. Perfect palate in my opinion because the body was thick. Very good.
BrewDad (4601) - Olympia, USA - DEC 1, 2005
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A deep dark brown color with a lot of molasses finish coming off the brew. A good strong head. This was a great beer and very strong but not to ones taste can you tell. The flavors of malt with a hint of hops where awesome. These are the best season beers. The strong malt notes are good and I like the ending flavor I could eat anything with this beer. Great Beer!!!
AlabastorJones (800) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 28, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
only $2 for a deuce duece, I had to snag it, clear amber body with a lightly laced creamy head, syrupy brown sugar nose, hoppy sweet yeast flavor, crisp and dynamic, belgium stylee, wow I had no idea this was a brley wine, I just noticed that, huh, I thought this was a burley brown ale, that changes everything, this is the mildest barley wine I have ever had, hands down but it’s flavor is delicate and delcious, that 9.9% is hidden remarkably well, though not very burly for a barley wine. this is different in a very tastey way. well worth a try
DrunkenWeasel (224) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 27, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown with a thin white head. Smells like brown sugar and molasses. Tastes the same, very VERY malty. Alcohol is hidden well but beer is just too sweet. Decent beer but I don’t know why it is listed as a barleywine here, no barley taste at all.
hershiser2 (1173) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - NOV 14, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Paid $4.49 for a 22-oz single. Pours murky brown with some ruby in there. Has an anch head, frothy and tan. Sweet fruity aroma, light, but it’s there and quite pleasant. Mmm, very sweet fruitiness in the mouth- passionfruit & grapefruit. Very tasty.