BeerandBlues2 (10496) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 5, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at Falling Rock in Denver. Pours brown pecan with a medium foamy off-white head and spotty lacing. Pine floral hop aroma, malt (caramel, nutty, medium roasted grains) with brown sugar and cinnamon notes. Flavor is medium bitter, hoppy pine, caramel malt and creamy, smooth brown sugar. Medium bodied and creamy palate that leaves dry.
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 5, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Amber resin-like color with a tall, off-white, almost cinnimony head. Buttery aromas of maple syrup, rose petals, and hoppy residue. Slightly sweet, caramelized brown sugar mingles on the tongue in its syrupy texture with a pleasant herbal hoppy note toward the finish. Clean, buttery conclusion to a very nice beer with very little bitter bite.
BitchesBrew (715) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 31, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 8, 2006 [22 oz. bottle] Looks like a nice clear red/amber color. To me, this bridges the gap between modern hopped-up IPA (or IIPA) and straight-up barley wine. I like the overall balance of sweetness turned to hop aromatics and alcohol burn. I can really feel the alcohol presence in this one. But, as I continue drinking it and it warms, I taste more citrus and slight ginger. Very good.
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - JAN 31, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2006 12 oz. bottle from Holiday Wine Cellar: Clear reddish-amber color whith a thin fading off white head. Aroma is barley wine sweet with hints of citrus.and alcohol. Flavor starts honey sweet turning fruity with a moderately bitter orange rind finish. Medium body and creamy with soft carbonation.
ChazMania (658) - Pasadena, California, USA - JAN 29, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle. I’m not a big barleywine person, but this was tasty. Nice and tingley on the tongue, sweetish aftertaste. Pretty complex in flavors. I agree with previous review in that the taste of the alcohol comes through.
TrevorFloyd (309) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 28, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
As sweet as you’d suspect from the name, I thought it had a unique style for a barleywine. Fairly medium-bodied, the taste of the alcohol really seemed to come through (but not in a bad way). Easy to drink, but still complex enough to enjoy thoroughly.
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - JAN 23, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark reddish brown with a nice thick head and light lacing.
Aroma of sweet malt, brown suger and ripe fruits.
Flavor is mild sweet and not overpowering. Ripe fruits, citrus, black cherrys.
Good easy drinking barley wine. not overpowering, alcohol is well hidden.
Not bad at all.
sfontain (830) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 21, 2006
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Small sample at beer tasting at From The Vine in Lewis Center, Ohio. Clear brown; oily. Aroma of malt and citrus. Flavor is very heavy on brown sugar with amazingly hot spicyness and citrus; surprisingly hoppy. Full and sticky.
SB (334) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 18, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I HAD NO IDEA THIS WAS A BARLEY-WINE. It’s my first.
Poured a reddish amber. Big creamy/frothy white head. Aroma fruity and sweet. I picked up grapefruit in the nose. Sweet flavor. I definitely tasted the brown sugars. I got a fruity flavor but couldn’t pick up what it was, caramel, and I also picked up some hops in the aftertaste. Not overpowering though. The hops came out more in the flavor as it warmed. Nice alcohol warming in my stomach. Medium bodied, full-complex flavor and well balanced. I was very impressed with this brew especially because I didn’t think I would like it.
mephisto (1272) - TAIWAN - JAN 17, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
a very tasty barleywine, malty chewiness and certainly full bodied, this is a textbook brew. well balanced.