kramer (5254) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 28, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
375 ml bottle, via BierKŲnig. Pours a slightly hazy amber to copper body under a small beige head that retained as a thin covering. Quite a bit of carbonation. A fairly well balanced nose, lots of sweet caramel and toffee malt and candi sugar, but also a good bit of resiny and citrusy hops. Some noticable alcohol fumes. The heavy sweetness hits me right away, itís like a sugary caramel candy melting in your mouth. The alcohol flavor rushes on mid swallow, then is replaced with bitter lingering hops. Quite noticeable Centennial flavor. Lots of dark fruits in the finish as well. Mouthfeel is full bodied, but overly sticky as alot of candi sugar fortified Barley Wines seem to me. Moderate fizzy carbonation that seemed a little prickly. Lingering alcohol warmth. Overall, a pretty nice Barley Wine, well balanced for sure. I didnít mind the 12% alcohol at all.
mjg74 (2632) - Salem, Oregon, USA - DEC 28, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from South Bay. Fairly dark amber in color upon pouring. Slightly sweet aroma of sugar and dark fruits. Some hops as well. Somewhat malty up front. With a moderate amount of hoppiness. Fairly boozy.
Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - DEC 27, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
37,5 cl bottle. Reddish dark amber colour with a little head. Sweet aroma of malt, candy and hints of yeast. Sweet flavour of sugar, malt and some hoppieness, ends up very alcoholic. So I will put some in my cellar.
beerguy101 (5319) - Newark, California, USA - DEC 26, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This barley wine pours a medium orange gold color from a 22oz corked bottle. Small to medium sized white foamy head. Aroma is fruity, caramel and sweet. A medium bodied barley wine. The malts are fruity and sweet, lots of caramel and toffee. Hints of orange. The hops are piney and earthy. Nice balance. It is still a bit alcohol hot. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.
HogTownHarry (6199) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - DEC 26, 2007
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle (375ml - green, corked & caged). Looks like a really nice IPA/DIPA - hazy copper, average fizzy-creamy off-white head. Also smells like an excellent west coast DIPA - alcohol, roast malt with leafy lactic overtones, and fresh resin/pine/citrus acidic hops overall. The taste - very nice, very alcohol-forward, but the hops seem muted by the alcohol, and thereís a huge tart fruit malt presence that ... I like it, but the acidity make this seem almost sour, I can see "pinecones and soap". Reasonably thick body, not much carbonation, but alcohol and acidity for days, really strong and warming. Iím putting a few of these away, it should be fun to revisit in a year or two.
Skeegle (566) - Maryland, USA - DEC 26, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 9, 2008 Super hoppy mess inside this one. There is way more than enough sweetness to balance it out. This is a true three course meal in this beer. First it is hoppy, wonderfully tastes like pinecones and soap, and then malts barge in and fill up the body to a decadent fullness, followed by syrupy molasses and rich rich brown sugary suck candies. An excellent barley wine.
SDalkoholic (2201) - Linda Vista, California, USA - DEC 25, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12.7 oz bottle from South Bay Drugs. Viewed as a deep mahogany color with almost no formation of head created during the pour left me puzzled as to why? The nose is a roasted and sweet blend of malts with the slightest notes of coffee bean as well as black licorice. The flavor came off way more subtle than I would of expected but there are strong hints of dark roast malt yet balanced perfectly to not be to sweet or overbearing. There is also a note of black licorice again and a minor background of tobacco.
NicerInPerson (337) - North of Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 25, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The aroma was strong dark fruit presence of raisins coupled to caramel. The malty character was trounced by the strong citrusy, resinous, piney and grassy hop characteristics. Some alcohol was notable in the nose, but it was restrained. The aroma was also every so slightly herbal. The beer poured into the sniffer crystal clear amber with a low small bubbled white head which was fleeting but traced a bit on the glass. The flavor was malty and strong with caramel, bready and biscuity, with a strong nature of toast and nuts. The bittering was substantial to the point of being aggressive. The hop flavor was piney and grassy and had a bit of a citrusy grapefruit characteristic. Alcohol flavor was moderate, but still not overdone. The finish was dry with lasting resinous hop flavor and bittering into the aftertaste. The body was full, but not quite chewy. The carbonation level was moderate, but on the low side. The warming which occurred post consumption was substantial and bordering on hot. A good job hiding the alcohol in the aroma and flavor, but the wolf was out of the sheepís clothing post consumption. A nice barleywine, it could probably stand a bit of aging. 12.7 ounce corked and caged bottle. Made by DeProef.
padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - DEC 24, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle purchased at South Bay Drugs. Nice flavors of sweet malts and caramel. Some hops too.
lachesis (757) - St Idesbald, BELGIUM - DEC 24, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nice and rich chesnut coloured beer with great looking yellowish head. Aroma is a la mikkeller, exiting and interesting complex. It has hints of fresh birchwood, forest soil, bee wax, caramelized cerials, Grand Marnier, Hors díage Calvados de chez Roger Groult, nice refreshing hops, honey and old furniture. Taste is delightfull, strong and slight sweet malty. It also has a woody and earthy caracter with na boozy finish. In the finale there are nuts, dried leafs, carameized malts, some stonefruit pits and crispy green hops and herbs. Alcohol is presents but well integrated in this very complex calvados like barley wine.