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 (5004) - Olympia, Washington, 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 (805) - 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 (1228) - 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.
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - NOV 14, 2005
3.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2006 Bottled. Pours a clear Amber/ copper color. This is a Barley Wine? It looks pretty light in color. Almost no Aroma. Wow, the flavor saves it! And that’s all that really metters any way, isn’t it? Sweet flavor with some bourbon notes. Hoppy with some alcohol warmth. Yum.
9er (75) - Maryland, USA - NOV 8, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Fruity aroma, a balance between a citrus and passion fruit. Light amber in color, well balanced palatte similar to a sweet stout. A hint of robust hops at the back of he pallatte. Sweet return of amber and dark chocolate. Medium to heavy carbonation but settles well on the swallow.
kyzr (1153) - Belgrade, Montana, USA - NOV 1, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Warm brown color with small light brown head. Nose of caramel and light hops. Great flavor of the same, the balance is good with nice spice undertones. Finish is nice and clean with no alcohol aftertaste.