Magjayran (1379) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 14, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown ale with a fairly large and fluffy white head. Lots and lots of sticky lace. Strong piney hop presence in the aroma with a bit of caramel. Very very sticky and thick beer. Sweet with some sherry notes and lots and lots of hops. Wonderful and complex. I wish I had another.
Tmoney99 (10072) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 14, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Dilly Deli. Poured clear dark brown with a large frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with fair lacing. Heavy sweet hoppy and alcohol aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture. Heavy complex sweet flavor with a medium bittersweet and alcohol burn finish that was long lasting. This is a standout complex beer.
DrHomolka (761) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 14, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
375ml bottle. Pours dark mahogany with a foamy white head with large bubbles forming round the rim. Strong aroma of sweet candy malts, tree bark, piney hops, and a little bit of oaky woodness. Taste is a punch in the face. Very sweet, green, bitter, alcoholic. Unsmooth. This probably should wait for several years to be enjoyed. Has potential but is way too young.
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - DEC 13, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours mahogany with a soft beige head that falls fast. Sweet caramel nose, cherry and tropical fruits. Not too hot for 12%, smooth and hoppy. This is the first Mikkeller beer that I think needs a bit of time, doesít feel like it has mellowed enough, the hops are strong and doesnít taste melded enough on the palate yet, still a bit green.
Ernest (6031) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 13, 2007
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle. Head is initially small, frothy/fizzy, light brown, mostly diminishing. Body is medium to dark amber. Aroma is moderately malty (caramel), lightly to moderately hoppy (resin), with notes of cardboard, vanilla, pineapple juice, lacquer/varnish, dust. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately to heavily bitter. Medium to full body, syrupy/velvety texture, lively/soft carbonation, moderately to heavily alcoholic. Quite a clunker...dull aroma with little to entice (slightly oxidized and a weird dusty varnish-like note that is biting/unpleasant to the nostrils), and a burning, syrupy sweet mouth experience that has an odd sour tang to it. Extremely disappointing.
marchcow (664) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - DEC 13, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Strong hoppy and malty aroma. Hazy copper color. Slightly salty, rich, and sweet. Pineapple notes. Creamy and warming.
Palidor19 (2881) - Brandon, Florida, USA - DEC 13, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
A Barley wine that is full of flavor and character. The aroma is mild herbal hops, palate is smooth and malty with caramel overtones. a touch of astringency at the end but well worth your time.
nick76 (4144) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 13, 2007
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
The aroma is very hoppy and sweet with caramel. The appearance is amber with with a small head. The flavor is like the aroma. The palate is smooth. Overall itís good.
Quake1028 (633) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 12, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Courtesy of Degarth. Iím sensing a theme here. Light brown body, very clear and vibrant. No head, just a layer of foam and a few bubbles. Even swirling the glass vigorously wonít release any semblance of a head. Green hops, grass, pine cones, toasted malts and tons of fusel heat. This thing smells like itís about 15%. Missing any semblance of tropical fruits, could be hidden behind all of the heat and hops. Hops and heat dominant the flavor profile as well, with only a slight backing from the caramel and malts. Sticky palate, full bodied and satisfying. Finish is medium length, tons of pine and citrus hops, bitter and pleasing. This one needs a lot more time, but I think it could eventually be a great beer. Itís very good as it is.
Ibrew2or3 (6521) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 12, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Courtesy of Degarth, thanks. Pours clear copper with tan head. The aroma is grainy, alcohol, pale fruity esters and a bit uninspired. It isnít rich and inviting as a lot of barleywines tend to be. The flavor is herbal, hoppy, alcohol and some mild sweet malts. The hops are pine and grass. Thereís pale malts followed by a decent dose of an alcohol tingle near the finish. I will re-rate this beer with several years of age.