bager (2120) - Copenhagen N, DENMARK - JUL 18, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Dark brown in colour with a medium sized offwhite head. Quite mild for a barley wine. Notes of caramel, malt, hops and citrus.
tsarman (794) - Northern, New Jersey, USA - JUL 17, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
How come you taste so good. Didn’t really taste that much like a barleywine, as it was not a slow sipper. But it was a fine brew. More on the sweet side than the hoppy. Surprisingly strong in alcy. Kind of thick and sticky feeling, but in a good way.
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUL 12, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep amber brownish pour with minimal thick head. Aroma big on caramel, malts, and of course some hints of brown sugar. Flavor was more immort ale barley wine then barleywine-barleywine flavor. More syrupy if you will. Still good. A little cloying going down, but solid and sweet.
after4ever (7534) - Brier, Washington, USA - JUN 29, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22. Pours crystal clear deep amber with sparkling ruby highlights. Enormous tan head (half the glass) with intermittent sedimentary layers of lace. Gorgeous. Big sweet caramel and nougat nose with solid overtones of sweet fruity hop, cheeba, and plenty of dark fruit there too. Big oily body with a bit of carb and high-gauge ordinance flavors on the attack. Sweet tangy raisiny and dark fruit mid-palate. Fairly clean finish but there’s no escaping the fact that there’s sticky malt sugar sticking around there. This is pretty good, and worth drinking plenty often, but nothing too awfully special given what complexities some other breweries are bringing out in this style.
beerbomb (222) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 17, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours brick red with frothy head. Aroma is barley winesque with vineous alcohol and caramelly malts plus a soft brown sugar background and herbally hops. Flavor is thick creamy and vineous with caramelly malts lots of brown sugar molasses plus a lot of hop bitterness.
BREWMUSKCLES (2547) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 17, 2007
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
nice brown sugar toffee caramel taste. alcohol was well hidden (didn’t guess it was near 9%). sweet malty and light hop bitterness. full in flavor and moderateley full in body. so, that might be why the head was slow to rise (and meager). this is a beer to have when something really pissed you off. thank God!
jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - JUN 10, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours amber with a half-finger off-white head. Big whiff of alcohol, sweet malt, and light hops against a surprisingly strong background of brown sugar. As it warms, the sugar comes through even more, eventually dominating. Big molasses and caramel malt flavor up front. This is quickly dried up by hops and a generous amount of alcohol. That touch of brown sugar peeks out like a guilty thing at the very end. Leaves you bitter, with a sticky-sweet taste at the roof of the mouth. I’d have it again.
RiverHorse (457) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 10, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
The beer pours an orange color with a small off-white head. The scent was sweet with hops and spices coming on strong. Didn’t tast much like a barleywine to me, more of an ASA with a ton of sweetness. The brown sugar was a little overdone in my opinion. I think that a bit more hops would have balanced out the sweetness.
hogan873 (451) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - JUN 8, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a beautiful cloudly copper color with little head. Aroma is sweet with a hint of alcohol. A lot of sweetness on the palate. The overall taste is complex. From heavy malt and molasses to hoppy to a alcohol-laden aftertaste. A very complex but delicious beer. Actually rather smooth considering the alcohol content.
cking (1175) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - JUN 6, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Rated 3/31/07: Oh shugga shugga, not the cream of the crop for this style but a nice tasty b-wine at a fantastic value. The aroma is nice with some inviting sweet malt characteristics backed by a heaping dose of aromatic hops, not very prevelant though. Dark copper color with a disippating head and quite a bit of lacing. Mouthfeel is soft for this style but a bit tacky, abv is hidden very well, medium bodied and decent. Standard flavor for a solid American Barleywine; we got some hearty malt with caramel and molasses coupled with some aggressive west coast hops. What’s nice is the light sugary flavor of the brown sugar that grits on your gums and tickles your tastebuds. It’s not overbearing and really comes through as an afterthought. This is good stuff.