Probiere (992) - Iowa, USA - MAR 14, 2005
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Super sweet English-style BW, burning alcohol tinge, some fruits and TONS of caramel. Sticky. Meh.
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - MAR 13, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very fruit forward barleywine. Ripe fruits and some roasted nuts in caramel. Plums and apricots with some pear and mango. Clean and rounded with some residual sweetness. Some caramel and vanilla. Not much roasted malt presence, with notes of munich and caravienne. Nice hopping good bitterness with overall grassy and resinous finish.
SpringsLicker (3193) - Tennessee, USA - MAR 12, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep amber color with a typically reserved Barleywine head. Decent malt/hop aroma. Well balanced flavor of malt and hops. Good solid overall Barleywine which isn’t either bad or outstanding.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 12, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a transparent copper ruby with a thin light tan head. Has a floral, dry hoppy and grainy malty aroma. Starts malty and sweet with some citrusy hops coming in toward the finish. Decent complexity and hoppy/malty balance throughout. Thanks to SpringsLicker for sharing this at the Southeastern Gathering!
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - FEB 27, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle vintage unknown. Thanks to brewbandit for the bottle. Murky ruby body topped by a medium, fine-particled tan head. The aroma is light sweet fruit, caramel, light pineapple, and some hints of wet cardboard. The flavor is loaded with alcohol, burnt sugar, nutty roasted malt, and some chocolate. It is quite bitter, especially at the swallow. The palate is assertive up front then it starts to soften but never really fully does. The alcohol is bold in this one and may detract just a bit from the final product.
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - FEB 26, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
02.20.05 Tap at Toronado BWF Dark amber pour with middling head. All malts right up to the finish are mellow, caramel, vinous, roasted pear, mascerated mixed berries. Went well with lamb sausage from next door. Soothing and smooth but a clean finish.
brewbandit (312) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - FEB 15, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a nice amber brown with light head. Malty caramel aroma and flavors with hints of hop fruitiness. An easy drinking enjoyable barleywine.
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - FEB 14, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This was quite good. Pours a dark red/brown with little head. Nose was caramel, butter, earthy, fruity. Flavor was a nice blend of malt, fruit, sweetness, citrus. This was a very good barley wine.
Odeed (1795) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JAN 11, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
poured into a snifter glass to show a red blood color,some head tried to creep up but it didnt happen.i was given an aroma of mostly caramel malts,and a little cherries.i was a bit let down with the flavor.it was a little basic and bland.caramel malts,butterscotch,and alcohol dominated this breer.i personally think it was missing the hop bite.just a little to flat for me.
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - DEC 8, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This beer was had on tap at the San Diego Strong Ale Festival 2004, although the listing shows that their batch was a 10.2% alcohol by volume offering. This beer poured a reddish mahogany color with a thin creamy white head with minimal lacing and a decent amount of visible carbonation. The aroma was very astringently fruity! Oranges and nectar were right in your face in the nose with a slight hint of hops. The aroma was not the easiest thing in the world to figure out and it might be worth a re-rate on that note alone. The flavor is sweet with finishes of brown sugar, vanilla, caramel and a slight hint of spices in the finish...a pinch ginger or peppery. Extremely sweet finish as it warmed and aside from a fruity ester or two it became incredibly one-sided in its dimensions. It ended fairly grapey and vinous but only after it had warmed considerably and become a completely different beer. Ompher has it correct that this beer is definitely all over the place...perhaps a little aging and an addition of actual hops might add some depth to this beer.