grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JAN 2, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A very well balanced barley wine. I was expecting yet another hops "shocker," but I found this one to be very well done. I donít know if I specifically tasted the brown sugar; a molasses taste came across and also a fair amount of smoke. I canít decide if I like the smooth, creamy, not too sweet malt flavors or aromatic, not too bitter hops better. I think this would be a good introductory barley wine, and it is definitely one that Iíd pick up again.
stephen (308) - California, USA - JAN 2, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sweet aroma and flavor. Mildly hopped. Dark bronze color with bubbly, dissipating head. Medium to heavy bodied. Almost like a strong scotch ale with no peat. Good for cold mornings!
foduck (330) - Denton, Texas, USA - JAN 1, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 13, 2003 No trace of the high alcohol content, very well hidden. Sweet and malty, some hops in there. Nicely balanced but I was expecting more complexity. Good nonetheless.
fly (1417) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - DEC 26, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Long day of driving in the rain and other fun with no eating. Headed in to have a meal at tiny Thai restaurant after having bought one of these. Glad to find I could carry it in and sample. Very nice. Great balance in my book. They may well have screwed up making a gnarleywine, but this is some tasty stuff. Pleasant hops and not coying in sweetness. Went well with Phad Thai.
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - DEC 23, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Beautiful glowing reddish brown color. Nice huge tan head that really lasted the whole way down the glass. I, too, got really buzzed on this thing...weird. Strong cascade hops aroma. The flavor was absolutely huge...Hops bitterness, malty sweetness, grapefruit, orange, and lots of alcohol. I really picked up the alcohol in the aftertaste. Strong beer...I wish I had another to really get me buzzing!
AceOfHearts (1375) - Mountain View, California, USA - DEC 19, 2002
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Copper-colored, becoming a shimmering gemstone when you hold it up to light. Smells like a sweet version of Arrogant Bastard. Big malt, big hops, big everything but the alcohol was quite disguised. Flavors...letís see, molasses, tangerine, grapefruit, but to be honest I didnít get a lot of brown sugar and for some reason I didnít find the complex mix as appealing as I would have thought, maybe just because Iím not a big barleywine fan. Prominent yeastiness despite the relative clarity. Excessively bitter finish, which mellowed somewhat as the glass warmed up. It also seemed to get me much more buzzed than even the high ABV would suggest.
Andrew196 (1091) - Katy, Texas, USA - DEC 10, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2003 A kickass beer! Absolutely gorgeous color....a very cloudy, deep crimson red. Very complex, yet easy to drink. Sweet and malty, some yeast and molasses. Very easy finish, alcohol masked very well. Rerate: not as balanced as it was the first time, but a great "barleywine"
beerguy101 (5287) - Newark, California, USA - SEP 26, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Medium brown color, medium head. Brown ale brewed by feeding brown sugar cane to the brewery yeast. There are suspended solids in this beer. Malty and sweet. Full flavored ale. Malty and hoppy. Brown sugar gives the beer somewhat of a Belgian Ale flavor. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is a little crisp. Aftertaste slightly harsh. Some bottle aging would help this beer a lot. Still a nice taste and a very interesting idea.
VENOM (941) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 25, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Gnarly looking amber with chunks of gunk suspended throughout the liquid. Thin and compact light tan head. Little if any carbonation. Aroma of caramel, brown sugar, mild hops and estery alcohol. Thick body, the definition of chewy. Sugary sweet, but bitter enough to keep it at bay, ice cold. Solid caramel malts and chocolate wisps. Warm alcohol underbelly. Bitterness builds in the long and lingering aftertaste. Pine resin hoppiness, light as it may be. Quite drinkable and amazingly balanced between the intense sweetness, hoppy nature and alcohol esters. Finishes remarkably thinner with a Bock like alcoholic maltiness. Interesting. If they goofed, the good batch must be primo. Please screw up some more batches. My bottle said 9.9%ABV.
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUL 20, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep cloudy amber or orange if you like, the head is generous, long lasting, the lace in sheets upon the glass. Nose is malt, brown sugar sweet, a tad earthy. Begins sweet, the top is full, the finish is dry, acidic, and well hopped for a bitter-sweet ending which I like. Ranks #180 on my master beer list.