whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 11, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Attractive garnet-amber hue with fine, hypnotic suspended particles and a loose, velvety beige head that left splattered lacing. Very nice aroma of sweet caramel, cigar, brown sugar, cherry, cinnamon, and earth. Flavor is like a young black cherry that is tart, sweet, and earthy. Woody sour flavor come out. Fairly sweet for sure but has ample depth of character to carry it. Excellent barley wine. Lagunitas impressed me with this one.
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 6, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy dark amber w/ a small, frothy light brown band of foam. Hoppy aroma of pine & grapefruit w/ a solid caramel malt foundation & a hint of vanilla. Medium-bodied, resiny, but a little thin. Flavour is very hoppy & malty but well-balanced. Finish is quite bitter & dry.
icarus (57) - The Colony, Texas, USA - JUL 3, 2005
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
a Really sweetness hits my tastebuds right off, followed by a mello drinking barleywine very simular to the kronik.
Pailhead (5634) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - JUN 29, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 23, 2006 Bottle: Courtesy of beerguy101 via trade. Fruity, caramel, light banana bread, and nice hops in the aroma. Pours a transparent bright red with a hint of orange with a nice off-white head. Caramel, fruit (some apple), and cinnamon up front with a very nice citrusy hop finish that blends very well.8-4-8-4-16
2004 botte (sampled on 10/20/06) : Courtesy of lunaticharness. Aromas of toffee, banana bread, caramel, light citrus hops, and a touch of oxidation. Pours a cloudy brownish orange with a small off-white head. Flavor starts with caramel, toffee, hints of banana bread. Mild oxidation is a positive. Finishes with a mild citrus hoppiness. This is aging well.
jimhilt (2469) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 24, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a three-finger light tan head, fades slowly and leaves some lace. Clear amber color. Light carbonation and heavy bodied. Nose is woody spices. Starts with a semi-sweet flavor, body is quite viscous, almost syrupy, smooth with a bite at the end as some hops kick in. $5.45 for a 22oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 23, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours with a slightly cloudy, deepp amber body topped by a thin to medium thick head with some lacing. It’s sweet and malty with a nice caramel/toffee note, a little candy sugar, and a touch of grapefruit and piney hops. Meidum to full bodied, smooth yet slightly warming.
larsniclas (6124) - Billdal, SWEDEN - JUN 19, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Copper colour, bubbly head.
SOft and smooth. Very malty with licorice. Late, dry bitterness.
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - JUN 11, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Many thaniks to Larry Pitonka for the bomber. Very classy crisp red body with a thin head to it. Quite the attractive beer. Aroma gives me a big whiff of the pleasentres of barleywines; heavy enough malt character it makes my back hurt, strong citrus profile that could hurt a small child. Flavor is just as large, heafty in all departments. There is a strong fruity, almost english strong ale presence, but its too robust to be one. It helps develope that sense from the large amount of hops presence. I’ve had hoppier beers, but you can only appriciate so much. This beer seems to bring it right up to the brink. Again, thanks for the beer André.
heemer77 (5174) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUN 11, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 10, 2005 The body is dark ruby. The vanilla ice cream colored head is frothy and thick. The aroma is rich caramel with a little bit of fresh hay. There is also some light cheese. The taste is rich carmel with some iced tea. There is also a nice chocolate note. The alcohol is not noticeable at all. The rich and full mouthfeel is slightly sticky. Thanks to Kevin for hooking me up with this in a trade.
rickgordon (3846) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 7, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Copper colour. Marzipan and alcohol in aroma. Fullbodied mouthfeel and very smooth with quite some bitterness. Residual sugars, slight apricot and also citrusy. Feels reminiscent to Bigfoot but not as fresh hoppy.