HumuloneRed (751) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 16, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. Bottle Hazy bown with good head and lacing. More on the sweet and malty side with some hops for balance. I like a little more hoppiness in barley wines but still a good beer.
timmcd64 (4) - Eagle River, Alaska, USA - NOV 12, 2005 does not count
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Just the way I like my Barley Wine....more on the sweet malty side. Loads of port-like vinious characteristics with a velety med. to full bodied mouthfeel. A great after dinner dessert sipper.
fly (1441) - austin, Tejas, Texas, USA - OCT 20, 2005
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I was thrilled when my friend found this in the bottles at the GABF tasting. Deep and rich and malty with LOADS of hops. Friend was a bit more enamored of it than I was, but as I needed to scrape the coating of sour beers and whatmot from my tongue .....
beeryum (652) - Norcross, Georgia, USA - JUL 26, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Medium brown pour. Very fruit and raisiny and alcohol aromas. Malty sweet and dark fruit flavors, with fairly present alcohol peppery spiceiness. Medium thick body.
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - JUL 24, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle 11/04 thanks to Jeffc666. Murky dark brown color with absolutely no head. Nice caramel malt aroma with hints of oak and alcohol. Flavor bangs you over the head on first sip, then settles down with little noogies to the noggin. I get really strong maple syrup out of the flavor, along with a big alcohol and wood presence. I don’t know if this was aged in bourbon barrels or not, but the bourbon-like flavor starts to get much stronger as the beer warms. Very little carbonation makes it turn a bit cloying after a while. I’m not a big fan of barrel-aged barley wines, but this wasn’t that bad.
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 (7133) - 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) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, 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 (613) - 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.