Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - MAR 1, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared with Hogtown Harry, Blankboy, GregClow, and Jerc, my bottle obtained in a trade with Presario (thanks). Really nice sweet and alcoholic aroma - lots of brown sugar (no really). Golden/dark brown, small white head. Lovely burning alcohol in taste, and very sweet (and a little burnt sugary). Nice and simple and straightforward but very well done. Just a nice sweet alcohol sipper.
blankboy (6589) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 28, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry, GregClow, jerc & tupalev -- courtesy of tupalev. Pours a cloudy dark amber with tons of sediment and a small off-white head. Aroma of sweet malt, fruit, brown sugar, hops and alcohol. Flavour follows the aroma, it’s sweet with a nice bitter finish. Medium bodied. It’s simple and perhaps not complex enough for a Barley Wine but I enjoyed it and would gladly have it again.
NachlamSie (2973) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 27, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle. Pours amber with a nice frothy head. The aroma was suprisingly hoppy, I guess I was expecting a sweet brown ale or something of the sort. The nose is rich of pine, grass, and then the sweet caramel/sugar base makes itself known. The flavor lives up to the aroma, it’s like a pale ale with a ridiculously rich malty base that almost offsets the hops. 9.9%? I can’t detect it.
Bockyhorsey (2610) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - FEB 24, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz Bottle. Sweet aroma and some alcohol. Brown body with tan head. Had a decent mix of sweet malts and hop bitterness. Sweet sugar dominated the flavor to give it a sticky feel. Smooth on palate thought this one would be too sweet but wasn’t.
jercraigs (8514) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 24, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Ruby brown body with a creamy beige head and lots of floaties. Mild aroma of malt and brown sugar is pleasant but restrained. Big sweet malt and sugars in the flavour are quite pleasant. Fairly prominent alcohol is distracting but not abrasive. Medium palate. Pleasant but likely best served on its own in a snifter, not amidst a crowd of other beers.
HogTownHarry (6201) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - FEB 24, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (650ml). Shared with blankboy, GregClow, jerc and tupalev - tupalev’s bottle. Poured cloudy dark amber, plenty of light largeish floaties, and a small off-white head. Pungent wood duff roast malt aroma, with alcohol and some mild hops - very warming and sweet. Mild flavour at first (too cold?) - orange rind, alcohol, hardwood, sweet thick malt - has a decently long linger, with a pleasantly balancing bitterness to finish. Mouthfeel was alcoholic (seemed more than 9.9%), syrupy and bitter, with a decent body. Not bad at all - perhaps a wee bit too much alcohol burn, and certainly sweet, but pretty much on style - could use more hops to balance the sweetness.
ukoolaid (576) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 22, 2006
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a very nice opaque brown/ruby color with a thick off-white head. Aroma is caramelish sugar with a good kick of hops. Taste is moderately sweet, toasted brown sugar, big dry hops, a little spice, and an alcohol bite. I enjoyed it.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - FEB 19, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz bottle. Clear ruby/dark amber body topped by a dense light tan head. An aroma of sugar wrapped hops. Very sweet malty aroma which in some ways contradicts the hoppy flavors. Not that the flavors are not sweet but certainly hoppier than I had expected. Caramel-hoppy-alcohol. Full rich body with an alcohol burn after the swallow. Decent but not a stand-out.
Numenor (871) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 17, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Brilliant brownish red body, with a small white head. Sweet fruits and malty aromas. Honey and possibly some cardamon are noticable. Sweet flavor, heavy in mollasses and dark fruits. Very sweet ending. The brown sugar is very noticable throughout.
lamas (1443) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 17, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle. Pours a clear, candy-colored amber with a thick, creamy British khaki head. A good bit of hops in the nose with oranges at the forefront. Some brown sugar and a little alcohol round things out. Medium to full-bodied. Fairly sticky. Not much of a surprise that this is quite sweet. Lots of candied sugar and malty caramel flavors with some oranges. Just a bit of bitter, resiny hops in the finish along with some orange rinds. The alcohol is definitely noticeable in both taste and warmth. Not bad, but not the flavors I prefer in a barley wine.