fordest (1961) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - DEC 21, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz. bottle Thanks to My Santa. Dark in color with not a huge head. Aromas were wonderful toffee and molassas. Flavors of roastiness and more molassas. Chocolate notes too. not a lot of hop on the finish. Very tasty stuff.
tennisjoel (1146) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - DEC 10, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is a really nice treat to enjoy in the cold weather. The appearance is dark with almost nonexistent head and no lace. Taste is chocolate and toffee, with a hint of butterscotch. Yummy!
auerbrau (3079) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - NOV 20, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 30, 2010 This beer pours a wonderful opalescent ruddy brown, with orange and irovy fringes. Almost no head. From a distance, I’m getting strong wafts of banana. Closer up, the aroma morphs into a raisin and brandy concoction, with sherry, strong vinous notes, and more banana. Unfortunately, the aroma is a little reserved. Flavor is a strong cream, cherries and brandy, with an almost pithy dry fruit soapy bitterness, that lingers from the hops which almost come out of nowhere at the backend of the profile. Mostly a profusion of fruit, that is sustained, balanced by dry and grassy hop notes in the background. The malt character and profile seems to seep into the shadows. An interesting panacea of ills, with a strong fruit presence, that remains somewhat muddled. The palate is smooth, creamy and yet bright; the hop dryness not making an appearance until the smack and finish. I do appreciate the way that hops play a role in this beer. Alcohol doesn’t hurt nor help this beer. Missing a little depth and complexity.
2005. 12oz Bottle. Five years later, a different place, a different time, a different life. I’m actually surprised with how well this beer (and myself) have held up. The oxidation is noticeable, but not off-putting, and had it gone on too much longer, would have ruined this beer entirely. The caramels, graham cracker, and browned sugar syrup have really melded together. It’s lightly sweet, somewhat flat, very soft, and warming, as it should be. This is a decent example of a well-aged Barleywine, I think. Something to enjoy in preparation for a brief trip home.
barleyPops (1138) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - SEP 22, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
hey_kevin gave this one to me about a month ago, thanks Kevin.
a very nice surprise of a BW. pours a deep dark brown with a rich foamy tan head which fades to a velvety ring of lace. aroma of caramel & molasses. slightly sticky on the lips and is medium to almost full bodied. flavor is of the caramel, some molasses, fig newtons & raisins with some hop bitterness on the tail end. BW lovers need to give this one a try!
willblake (2626) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JUN 7, 2005
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
06.07.05 12oz bottle, trade, thanks to footbalm. Clouded maple pour under thin tan head. Unusual aroma of caramelized banana, orange marmalade, brown sugar, spiced rum, and something along the lines of a honey-lemon cough drop. Weird, but good. Flavor is less complex but equally good with plenty of dark toffee, nougat, some milk chocolate, and all offset by an intriguing heat from bitter hops and biting alcohol. Underlying notes of roasty nuts and mild coffee. Could certainly improve with age to mellow out the rather sharp finish. A treat, and a nice surprise. Thanks Eric!
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 23, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a murky dark brown with a thin lacy off-white head. Sweet caramel malty aroma has a nice piney hop balance. Body starts with a nice malty caramel and butterscotch flavor with nice hop presence and a sweet toffee finish that hides the alcohol well. Nice subtle complexity throughout and well-balanced. An enjoyable barleywine.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - MAR 19, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a hazy brown with a slight reddish tint. thin off white head. Aroma big on the malt, caramel, sweet with some alcohol in the background. Flavor is sweet malty with a finish of fruit alchol and light hops and a bitter tail. Medium to full bodied.
ChrisPants (317) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 8, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Leans to the red-brown, when I like my barley wines darker. This is nutty like dark-caramel candied pecans--sweet and satisfying without being too heavy. Mouthfeel is a bit gooey, and finish is sweetness that doesn’t exactly jive with the powerful hops. The 10-percent abv is nearly imperceptible, and I find this impressive. I’m glad to have tried it, and may again.
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - MAR 6, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
thanks to batkins for this brew. Pours a dark mahogany with a thin off-white head. This was a very sweet barleywine, maybe aged a bit too long getting to the point of no hop backing. A bit cloying with the sweet brown sugar tastes.
BeerAteHer (384) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - FEB 16, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Remarkable head with tons of lacing. Strong malt aroma typical of barley wine. Thick like watery maple syrup. Flavor is expectedly sweet and malty, but not overly so especially at this alcohol %, which is hidden well in the flavor and comes through in the finish sort of like a very dry sherry with a lemon twist. There are also hints of grapefruit and a few hops in the flavor. Though I’m not much into this style I find this a very well-crafted barley wine.