OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - DEC 20, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle via trade with zathrus13 - thanks Jeff! - Pours copper with a short tan head that stays briefly but leaves nice lace. Good caramel, toffee, some raisin and light citrus in the aroma. Flavor is caramel, toffee, slight citrus, alcohol and some raisin.. Sweet and sticky on the palate with full body and low carbonation. A touch of alcohol on the finish but it is pretty well covered.. Nice brew!
ross (2128) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - NOV 23, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2005 bottle. Have had this for a while. Pours out a dark brown almost block color with a thick tan head that yeilds to just bubbles on the side of the glass. Smell is sweet, spicy, full of what smells like maple syrup. Taste is smooth and contains no alcohol presence at all. Very sweet tasting, notes of maple and cinnamon come through as it warms up a tad. Simply put, a down right amazing barley wine. This ranks among the best for me. Awesome stuff, its just a shame that it is quite difficult to get. Damn, I will be sad when this bottle is done.
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 9, 2006
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a 22oz Bottle. Pour of deep, caramelly mahogony with a hint of native copper and a nice layer of bubbly beige head. Fantastic aromas of rich baked apples dusted with a touch of cinnimon spice. Additional treats of caramel, vanilla, and a touch of bourbony oak. Wonderful olfactory treat. Full, yet silky body thats dangerously easy to drink. Luscious flavors of baked apple crisp and caramelized oaky malts soothe the tongue. Clean finish that highlights the malt profile continuously on the tongue without revealing any of its alcohol bite. Dangerously smooth. Excellent example of a British style barley wine.
MiP (14562) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - OCT 23, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, 10%. Very nice aroma, sweet, fruity, creamy, dusty, vanilla, wood.Cloudy dark brown colour, some dark floaties. Small light brown head. The flavour is quite sweet, more or less the same as the aroma, plus some coconut. Quite peppery and nice.
thedm (5215) - Fort Wayne, USA - OCT 12, 2006
3.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This bottled brew from a bottle shop poured a medium sized head of foamy finely sized brown colored bubbles that was long lasting and left behind a hazy with fine particulate brown colored body and a good lacing. The aroma was malty vinous and caramel malt. The mouth feel was tingly at the start and at the finish vinous aftertaste. The flavor contained notes of hops vinous dark malt and brown malt. The flavor was biting with a malt hop bite in the finish and a mild alcohol burn as it goes down. Delicious and one I would certainly buy again.
fordest (2135) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - OCT 5, 2006
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz bottle thanks to sprinkle. Dark Copper color with smallish head. Lots of raisin and molassas aroma. Caramel and chocolate. Wow. Flavor was equally as good. More dark fruit with roasty nutty malts. Hop finish was mingled with quite a bit of alcohol flavor and burn. Very very yummy. Thanks Mike
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - SEP 8, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deep reddish brown body with a small frothy tan head. Had side by side with Moylan’s Old Blarney, which had a similar ABV but the alcohol in this one was evident in the aroma and taste. Not in an unpleasant way, though. Notes of oak, dried fruit, maple syrup, bourbon in the nose. Smooth and full in the body. The flavor was a pleasant mix of fruit and wood with a big alcohol bite.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - SEP 2, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle: Dark amber color, tan head and nice lacing. Nose of oak and bourbon with sweet caramel and plum, some raisin and molasses. The flavor is balanced, nice malts and hop balance, nice alcohol and a rich minerally earthy finish. Mouthfeel is nice and creamy, nice rich umami and balance. Yummy!
IndianaRed (3120) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 29, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle poured a deep hazy, brown, w/ nridish tints. Small thin light tan head. Aroma was a wonderfull. sweet carmel, malt that you just wanted to drink in. Flavor was a very sweet malt, again with carmel and light roast notes. Quite obvious achol burn as it goes down, but you somehow don’t mind it. Low on the bittering for the style, which was fine for me. Sweet enough that it was nearly sugary or cloying. I suppose a bit unbalanced tchnically, but delicious none the less. Palate was a very soft cabonation, and a very smooth slick heavy feel. Very yummy, and underrated. Thanks, Buck Dich
Nuffield (3905) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - AUG 29, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Gorgeous deep red/garnet color. Oily, syrupy. Rich caramel and bountiful malts. Lots of sweetness, vivid alcohol, and layers of fruit. Very fine. Gosh, and a great label too.