tongatim (30) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JAN 23, 2007
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A good beer, and a good value. Mislabeled as a barley wine, as it lacks much complexity, though Iím going to stash away a couple of bottles for a year and see what aging might do. I upgraded my overall score, because I think the nice balance of sweetness, bitterness, and carbonation makes this a very drinkable brew.
iowaherkeye (2698) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - JAN 23, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bomber, no date. Pours a clear orange red with a one finger light beige head. Aroma of raisins, cinnamon, scorched caramel, grassy hops, toasty malts, some alcohol. There may be a hint of sweet brown sugar, but I could be making it up on account of the label. Flavor is fairly vinous with not a ton of sweetness, bitterness is more towards the finish. Finish is dry with the alcohol being just a tad too warm. Medium to full bodied, moderate carbonation. Not spectacular, but definitely not too bad either.
BennyTicklez (621) - USA - JAN 21, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours brown with a tan head. Aroma is raisin and some roasted notes. Taste is sweet malts and some fruit. Kind of boring.
cyanescens (159) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 20, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle. Beer is thick mahogany and very rich. Smooth, balanced on the carbonation. Tastes sweet molasses. Not as sweet as I thought it would be, which is great, I dont like beer too sweet. Alcohol taste is present, a really strong beer.
Had another 22 the same night, tasted different but this is an estimate of personality between the two beers.
beerbill (3565) - Laurel, New York, USA - JAN 20, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz. bottle. Pours a clear copper with a thick off-white head that lasted almost halfway through the glass. Orange was the most dominant aroma with some pine and sweet notes as well. The flavor was quite different I thought. Brown sugar, malt and brandy were all present. Some strong hops bitterness kicks in after several seconds as does a strong alcohol burn. Definitely something different and worth a try, just not sure if Iíll be back for a second bottle.
mkgrenwel (602) - North Shore, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 19, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Slightly excessive alcohol. Brown sugar flavor is prominent. Not overtly sweet, though. There is a solid amount of hops in the back, balancing, but not a lot of overt hop flavor. Mildly bitter. Alcohol is playing a bit of a role. Really just tastes like sugar. Not bad but not exciting me. Also, this should have remained as an ASA, not a Barley Wine.
PorterPounder (6145) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JAN 18, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Savannah, Ga. - Habersham Beverage Warehouse - 22 oz bomber. Dark copper pour with a fluffy off-white head. A bit too translucent thought. Fresh clean aroma with hints of spearmint, spruce and citrus. Sweet intoxicating flavor with caramel, maple syrup, brown sugar and citrusy hoppiness. Mouthfeel is nice and sticky and coats your tongue. Alcohol hidden extremely well on this one - could get into real trouble with a few of these. Afraid it might trun cloying due to the brown sugar but that did not happen. Very good.
ogglethorp (917) - Ohio, USA - JAN 17, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a clear red-amber, with a smallish beige colored head, nice lacing. Aroma is floral hops, grapefruit, malt. Flavor is alcohol, caramel, grapefruit, pine, brown sugar. Palate is medium, medium carbonation, warm, sweet, sticky finish. I liked this, however I donít know if I would consider it a barley wine, but whatever. It has some nice qualities, but the package as a whole for a barley wine is just OK.
19Ei8hty (1166) - Washington, USA - JAN 16, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2008 Re-examined; 2-04-2008 - Brown sugar through-and-through. Very sweet, rich and malty. Interesting to try alongside Gnarleywine and contrast; te added sweetness tends to thin the drink out, playing up the dark fruit notes as well taking the mellowness of the pine hop citrus and making it much more pronounced - very rich and sweet.
dogfishho (669) - Bloomfield, New Jersey, USA - JAN 16, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured into a deep tulip glass, the appearance was dark reddish brown with a thin light tan head that had very good retention. The aroma was crazy. Very full of fruit esters including banana, orange, lemon, and apple. The alcohol was just barely perceptible. However in the flavor, this was not the case. There was the usual caramel sweetness of the malts that can be expected of the style, but in addition were some weird fruit notes, mostly citrus and apple, that were sort of out of place in this brew. The mouthfeel is sticky but relatively smooth. Overall this was a pretty weird, though interesting barleywine and not one of my favorites.