Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 13, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This brew pours with a deep amber-brown body topped by a thick off-white head with lots of lacing. The aroma is sweet, sugary and malty with notes of caramel and a slight nuttiness. The flavor is oddly bitter and piney with a very slight sweet maltiness and a touch of caramel. Medium to full bodied and oily yet slightly dry.
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAR 8, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Brown with nearly creamy whitehead, see through, with nice retention and lacing. Aroma is sweet, malty and slightly hoppy. Flavor is sweet (I can really taste the brown sugar). Alcohol is there, but not as strong as I would have thought. Hops are prevalent in the middle and has alcohol in aftertaste. Good, but not quite good enough to get over a 4.
igneous1 (1475) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - FEB 20, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
acquired from cquiroga....color is deep bronze, head is almond color, but not bad. aroma is malt and alcohol. flavor is pretty sweet and big on the alcohol. some toffee and hops, not hoppy enough for me, but still tasty. thanks cquiroga!
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - FEB 14, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark amber with meringue like off white head, this is a fairly hoppy barley wine. It wasn't quite balanced enough for me. Nice, but there are better barleywines out there.
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - FEB 12, 2004
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 18, 2005 Man, this is delicious. Sweet, hoppy flavor with a smooth, slightly tart finish. Aftertaste is hops, caramel, candy, and pine. Loved this one, one of my all time favorites!
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 11, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very clear amber pour with some reddish hues throughout. Large, slightly tannish head. Nice lacing. Aromas of caramel, malt, and some kind of a sweet fruit. Again sweet malts, fruit and caramel in the flavors. The palate was like a watery syrup. Slightly sticky. The body is there but you don't feel it that long. Finish is pretty smooth with only a touch of alcohol. Nicely hidden at 9.9%
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - FEB 9, 2004
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 24, 2005 Clear amber, small foamy head, and syrupy legs. The aroma is lightly caramely and molasses, very sweet with more apricot and hop aromatics as it warms. The flavor is quick & brief but it ends very smooth and light almost like a lager. Very smooth and surprisingly not as dry as I was expecting.
steview (1011) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 8, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
i didn't think it was anything special. great appearance, flavor, palate, aroma is good... but overall, what are they doing? sweet yet hoppy. i'd rather have a white knuckle, although the white knuckle is an iipa ;o) however, this beer is really good
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - FEB 4, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Definitely on the sweet side, but terrific balance and excellent job of hiding the alcohol. Really, really enjoyed sipping this as it warmed. Gotta get some more!
Pjones6738 (500) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 28, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2002 bottle, I believe. Cloudy amber color, and about as much head as you'd expect from a barley wine. Bread/grape/citrus aroma. What an odd, but pleasant combination. Sweeter than the other barley wines that I've had. I consider that to be a good thing. Slight grapefruit hop taste, mixed with a slight grape taste, and a suprisingly mellow alcohol taste. Very well blended. This is one of the best beers I've had in a long time. And it was the result of a mistake on their part. I've got to remember that one the next time I screw up at work.