MartinT (8550) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 11, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2006 Conventional citrus hops amidst creamy berries...The amiability of a flower meeting the stiff handshake of alcoholic bitterness...Bread crumbs and lint cannot deter from the ambrosial feel this type of barley wine can give me...Roastiness and chocolate deepen the malty experience, but that alcohol mars it somewhat...Its youthful exuberance though overexposes its hop agressiveness, but this one has enough of a well-fed malt backbone to develop into a real pleasure-bearer in a year or so...
Oakes (13538) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 8, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cherry red colour. The aroma and palate both show a similar big fat maltiness, and a lot of earthy, hedgey hop notes. Relatively straightforward.
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - DEC 3, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz Bomber. Pours a color just like apple cider and just as unfiltered looking. Has thick white head that dies quickly yet leaves some serious lacing. A sweet malt aroma tells me this is brewed to style and unlike the other hopped up american barley wines I've experienced recently. Malt is strong and sweet here. This is as full a body as I've tasted in this style. Smooth with a warming alcohol kick at the end. Flavor is sweet and malty with notes of fruit. Overall a nice barley wine that seems brewed to style in my opinion.
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - NOV 17, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dense reddish amber body, moderate head formation. Creamy, frutiy malt aroma, definite hoppiness. Hoppy, citrus palate throughout. Sweet fruity, sherry-like front, turning significantly more bitter towards the end. Creamy smooth finish, but still throwing in plenty of bitterness. Big in both directions.
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - NOV 13, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Amber red color with very thin white head, nice lacing that sticks around a long time. Aroma is malty, with lot of caramel, hints of orange peel, a faintly hoppy background. Flavor is malty, with obvious caramel, rather dry, with a sort of spicey finish. Alcohol is only slightly noticed. A nice barleywine.
belgianhomebrew (646) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - NOV 7, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Now this is a good beer. Good strong malt aroma. Body is just the right blend of malt, bitterness, and alcohol. Hides 10% quite well, until you realize the bottle is empty.
Frank (3343) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 30, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Murky brown in color with About a half inch of white, foamy head. Definitely a powerful brew. The 10% ABV is well hidden but you know it's there. Thick and oily mouthfeel. Well balanced with notes of heavy notes of pine and melon. Plum, raisins, and caramel are much more subdued. A very strong earthy bitterness comes out in the finish. It's a bit much for me but it didn't stop me from enjoying it.
AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - OCT 30, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Thick mouthfeel, highly compex and fruity taste. Very hoppy, especially in the finish. Sweet maltiness...this fits right in with the best of the West Coast.
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - OCT 29, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A most excellent barleywine. Thanks to Belgianhomebrew for sharing. The aroma is very smooth with a hint of alchohol, that follows into the taste and drops off somewhere in the middle. The beginning is somewhat cheese in flavor, with some light hints of fruit. Medium bodied and very refreshing from beginning to end.
Andrew196 (1104) - Katy, Texas, USA - OCT 26, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
(thanks to nstal for sending this one) Aroma was rediculous hops....this is purely a west coast style barleywine from start to finish, not much else to say, just read my ratings of avery hog heaven and old guardian. This one is the same recipe and falls somewhere in between.