RateandPillage (426) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 24, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a hazy brown/ruby with almost no head. Aromas of malt, dark fruit, and alcohol. Toffee in flavor with some dark fruits such as plum and a little vanilla. Low carbonation. Hop bitterness balanced well with the malts. A pretty solid Barleywine.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - JUL 24, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a dark amber color. Sweet aroma dominated by dark fruits with hops lingering around underneath. Flavor continues with the fruit and malty sweetness. Nice warming sensation but a alcohol in noted with some pepper on the finish. Full bodied.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUL 23, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 1, 2009 Pours a clear deep copper with some good viscosity, but very little head. Aroma boasts a lot of raisins and dark fruits with some alcohol and a touch of piney, earthy hops. Body is fairly still, but very sweet, sticky and complex. Mildly warming caramel malty finish is well balanced with a solid hop presence. A nice barleywine, which is no surprise since it’s from Midnight Sun. Thanks to TChrome for the trade!
Re-rate: had this a few times since and realized how great of a barleywine this is. Perfect amount of rich sweet caramel and resiny grapefruity hops with nice brown sugar and light fruity complexity. I don’t think I’d change anything with this.
BuckNaked (1230) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUL 17, 2005
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle: Dark reddish amber body that is mostly clear, some suspended particles visable to me in the glass, and a small light tan head. Aroma is alcohol-soaked hops, sweat, grains, isopropyl, wood, brown sugar. Taste is strong alcohol, hoppy, grains, plums, prunes, molasses, and maple syrup. The alcohol really comes through a bit too much in both the aroma and flavor, which I don’t like. On the plus side there is plenty of sweetness to back up the hops here.
jeffin7 (612) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - JUL 11, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours deep brown with a few fine bubbles. Aroma is of maple, brown sugar, and a slight alcohol. Flavor is nice rich maple, brown sugar, with a solid bitterness and alcohol that helps to wipe away most of the heavy sweetness on the finish.
jasonp (1555) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - JUL 10, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark clear amber red with a beige head. Aroma of oak/wood/maple, caramel, hops, and some whiskey too. Flavor is heavy up front with notes of maple syrup and brown sugar then gives way to toasted malt, caramel, chocolate, dark fruits and wood. Sweet but plenty of hops to back it up. There’s a nice, warming alcohol presence detected in the finish. Full, round and creamy on the palate with moderate carbonation. Great stuff!
sloth (2443) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - JUL 3, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Small tan head that settles quickly, minimal lace. Lightly hazy, dark brown colored Barleywine. Caramel malts in the nose, sweet malts, lightly earthy and hoppy. Body is med/full, sticky, cloying. Sweet malts dominate, notes of licorice, chocolate, caramel and butterscotch. I could,nt find any oak under all the syrupy sweetness. Finish is sweeet and sticky.Under-attenuated? More hops? Would like to try the dry version of this. Acquired in a trade with BrockLanders awhile back. Thanks Man!
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - JUN 23, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 12, 2011 Bottle courtesy of Footbalm, again, 2 bottles I’ve had, both from my homie. Thanks brother! Slightly hazy, mahogany, no head, oily. Aroma, nice big caramel/toffee, spicy hops character, faded but there. Flavor much the same, burnt grain character, light heat from alcohol. Syruppy mouthfeel. Solid.
Brad (364) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - MAY 25, 2005
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle: Pours a dark amber color, with an off white diminishing head. Aromas of caramel, bread, toastiness, dark grapes, and hops. Flavor was overwhelming for my palate after sampling several beers prior to this one. Overly syrupy and sugary sweet, maple syrup, slightly acidic and bitter, but enough to offset the thickness. Almost had to pour this one out, but I sucked it up and finished it.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - MAY 25, 2005
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
22 oz bottle. After searchign out this stuff for a while, I finally get a bottle. Pours murky caramel with a small head. For a fresh bottle the hops fall out and its mostly candi sugars and caramel. Taste isn’t much different. There are some dried fruits and nuts as well. As much as I like aged barleywines, this stuff just doesn’t do it for me. Way too sweet for my liking.