DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - JAN 6, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This beer pours a brownish copper color, completely cloudy with a very thin pearlish white head that left a ring of lacing around the edges of the glass. Aroma is very sweet and sticky with hints of caramel, brown sugar, alcohol, wood and vanilla dominating. The flavor is full-bodied and tongue enveloping. Overwhelming caramel sweetness with hints of vanilla and chocolate. Absolutely wonderful warming alcohols but not burning in any way. Silky vanilla texture with hints of slight bitter hops toward the finish leading into more super sticky caramel. Fairly wet once again sticky finish. Molasses? Perhaps some bubble gum and raspberry in there as well as undernotes in the finish. Honestly an exceptional beer..mild carbonation, should do excellent with aging.
walleye (1082) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - DEC 30, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A big thanks to kramer17801 for this bottle. poured a a nice brown with a off white head that left some lacing. aroma, caramel, alcohol ( one of the things I like about barely wines), malts, med dark fruits. flavor the nic balance of malts and fruits was nice. the alcohol was burn was nice. would like to get some more of this.
hezron (611) - Viroqua, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 20, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hoppy with grapefruit and pine with lots of caramel malt. Brown with a thin head that fades. Warming, toasted caramel with a very hoppy finish. Medium body, oily texture that is nice to drink. Thanks to StewardofGondor for sharing.
JPDIPSO (5124) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 20, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark amber color with a lid of off-white bubbles. Mild flowery aromas mixed with mild caramel. Lots of flowery sweetness in the flavor profile. More caramel and light fruit come out as one continues. Hot alcohol really comes out and distract the deeper you get into this one. Straight forward strong barleywine.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 19, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Semi-hazy and glowing cherry bronze in color with graceful lace as we go. Ripe walnuts filled with raspberry vinaigrette kick start that flagrant aroma, followed soon thereafter by wet dog rolling in strawberry fields, figs and black raspberry Fabreeze. Formidable bitterness and flavor drive. Cherry amaretto and cream cheese take the lead. Black and red raspberry medley mixed with boysenberry juice. Sugary danish breadiness nearly buts heads with the bitterness levels, but they march into single file eventually. Thanks for the bottle, tpkenned!
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 17, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
deep copperish color w/ an off white head and some lacing. Smells of big carmel malt hints of vanilla a full grass hop and smells a bit hot. Full palate lightly oily smooth silky finish. Flavor is pretty sweet full carmel malt a good balanced hop bitterness and alcohol warmth in the finish the hop is fairly grassy hints of citrus as well. Very well done and very good.
fiulijn (16658) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 17, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2011
2012-12-11, at least 3 years old, 9.7% ABV, 7-5-7-3-14=36
Beautiful dark amber, red, mahogany color, with medium sized creamy head. Nice aroma, malt, caramel, fudge, light vanilla. Medium body strength; the mouthfeel is quite smooth; very moderate sweetness, nutty caramel flavor, a bit fruity; the bitterness is higher in the end, with also light oxidization. It’s not aging very well.
2005-12-17, 9.7% ABV, 9-4-8-4-17=42
Hazy dark amber color, thin head, thin bubbles. Aroma of malt, apricot, vanilla, caramel, phenol. Malty, good structure, not too mellow, with a good hoppiness. The final (powerful) is balanced with good quantities of malt, caramel, hop; warming. Very good.
profane (40) - ITALY - DEC 17, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice sweet smell, maybe caramel. The alcohol is not so "heavy" (in the taste)... very long end, bitter. I don’t like so much the foam, disappear too quickly. Is a good beer, too early for me to find other characteristics!
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - DEC 12, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Vintage 1999: Poured mostly clear amber color. Aroma was sweet and sugary with peach, dried fruit, and aged malt. The flavor continued with the sweet old fruit and a moderate bitter finish. The body has started to thin after all this time.
Shag (2717) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - DEC 11, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: AUG 31, 2006 A dark orange to amber appearance. The aroma is more similar to a hopped up pale ale than your standard barleywine, some grapefruits and piney. An orange and grapefruit flavor with a definite hop presence and not much alcohol showing. Overall this is very good and well balanced. In the west coast mold for sure.