jasonp (1556) - Ashburn, 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 (2644) - 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.
TAR (2518) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - MAY 20, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear plum. Thick dusty-white foam settles to a whipped ring of excellent density. Commanding aroma of grapefruit and bourbon soaked fruitcake. Vanillin, bready malts, and oak whispers. Gently carbonated and lushly soft. Frontal display of succulent hops succumb to a dryly oaky, tannic assault. The body remains chewy, however, with beefy malt flavors deflecting the full-on dryness. Sneaky hop-bitterness exaggerates the salty tannins and oak-laden dryness, while earthy-tinged tropical-fruit hop flavors lend more juiciness. Spicy accent of anise from the alcohol. Thickset blend of vanillin and cakey malts mask the sharp flash of alcohol and medicine. Finishes sweetly malty, flush with toffee drizzled fruitcake over a supple grapefruit bedding. Lasting hop bitterness and pungent oak continue to thwart the sappy sweetness long after the swallow. Flawlessly conditioned, refined oak profile, and skillfully extracted malt flavors. A mesmerizing dessert concoction that’ll only gain more decadence with age.
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - MAY 12, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Styles. Deep chestnut colored, not much head. Very malty aroma, with a fair hop balance. A touch of alcohol sneaks in the aroma. Medium bodied. Alcohol is fairly up front. A bit of leather and dark pit fruit in the nose. Malty and fairly well balanced with hops in flavor. Still a bit harsh and boozy. Age may serve this well.
Pailhead (5684) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - MAY 11, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Courtesy of Styles. Vinuous, woody, whiskey and light alcohol in the aroma. Pours a deep hazy deep red. Malty, vinuous, and whiskey with a raisin and alcohol finish. Syruppy mouthfeel. Somewhat sweet overall. Alcohol presence increases in the flavor the more it warms.
BrockLanders (780) - Panama City, Florida, USA - MAY 1, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2006 Pours deep dark ruby reddish brown with very little head. Aroma is very sweet...lotsa brown sugar, toffee, molasses, caramel, raisins, some notes of oak, alcohol, etc. Taste is big on maltiness, brown sugar, caramel, molasses, dark fruits, raisins, hints of toffee, and mabye, just maybe some light hop bitterness. Full-bodied and smooth with a big alcohol kick....sticky and syrupy sweetness on the palate. Does get syrupy in parts. The finish doesn’t distinguish itself....somewhat bitter in the end, but you’ve got to search for it. Tasty.
BBB63 (6449) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - APR 20, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber served in a Duval Snifter: Very deep brown with crimson highlights, little head or lace, oily cling on glassware. The aroma has a extreme note of molasses, dates, and overripened apple up front. Additionally I detect basic carmel malts, earthy yeast esters, sea salt and a hint of oak. The taste starts malty sweet with a moderate fruit component and bourbon barrel notes. The finish is lightly spiced, a bit salty and some alcohol overtones, but not too overpowering. I feel is oily and yer crisp, moderate alcohol burn. Taste young yet I don’t think it would age too much has the malt sweetness is already quite powerful and it needs all the bitterness left in the bottle. A good offering from the land of the midnight sun.