edden (925) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 18, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
medium brown body with a slight amount of light tan lacing. sweet malt aroma with other evidence of alcohol and fruit. sweet tasting. lots of malt and alcohol. some fruit, caramel and hops (more sweet than hoppy).
bender (293) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - OCT 18, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy brown to amber body with a thin but persistant white head. Some lacing.
Malts, sweetness and alcohol dominate the aroma. A little caramel. Some bread/yeast aromas as the beer warms.
Sweet malt and substantial hop flavor. Very enjoyable hop flavor indeed. Mellow but enough IBU's to balance the sweetness. Alcohol is there but well hidden.
Full bodied with a thick mouthfeel.
kujo9 (1094) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - OCT 10, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Little off white head w/ nice lacing over hazy deep amber body. Spicy and woody hop aromas w/ strong caramel malt to back it up; also alcohol as it warms and hints of fruitiness. Very malty w/a great hop bitterness to balance; very caramel and hop flavored w/ some alcohol and bready notes. Very, very thick & chewy but not cloying w/ an extremely full body just like the commercial description says. Subdued carbonation and warming m/f makes this a nice winter time sipper. I prefer English style to American, but this one's very good and I could drink a lot if the ABV weren't so high.
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - OCT 8, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sweet malty and hoppy aromas. Body is thick and leaves nice, nearly clear, lacing behind. Flavors are intense - malts are smoked, bread, caramel, dirt and sweet; hops are strong, especially down the middle of the tongue; finish is woody, sticky and lingering. This is one fine barleywine.
notalush (5269) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 8, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cloudy copper in color, with a slight, off-white lacing - light aroma of oak, hops and iced tea? - flavor is a blend of cherries and chocolate, with some hops arriving late, but there is a lack of complexity and/or balance - flavors diminish much too rapidly in the finish, except for bit of an acidic, metallic taste that is a little off-putting at times - a decent effort, with a decent flavor, but it just doesn't come together very well for me.
Darkover (1524) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 3, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cloudy red color with a small beige head. Aroma of sweet malt, candy and fruit. Flavor is sweet, caramel, acidic and pretty well hopped. The alcohol is pretty evident.
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - SEP 29, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
A nice clowdy carmel color with a thinfoam head. Aroma is distinctly barley with a sweet hopish note to it. Flavor is smooth, more full bodied than the other Moylan's Ive had (the imperial stout and the double IPA.) Has a decent bite to the end of it, quite nice.
JCW (1276) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 25, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Moylan's just came to town and I think I've just made a new buddy here! Brownish red, ruby maybe? transluscent large head. Aroma is dominated by pine and some malt sweetness. Very similiar in my recollection to Avery's Hog Heaven. Flavor is sweet and slightly syruppy. Full bodied, high viscousity. Sweet finish. Delicious Barley.
nstal (237) - Houston, Texas, USA - SEP 6, 2003
3.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Have you ever eaten a snowcone, and focused on using your spoon more than your straw? So that at the end of the cone, you've depleted the ice, whilst there's still a whole lot of syrup left? Apply that concept to an otherwise balanced beer....and welcome to blarney time.
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - AUG 25, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 21, 2007 Coloration is a great deal darker than most BW’s--a muddy, hazy brown with burgundy glints. Head is not abundant but it is of fine character, constantly creating twirling little isthusmes across my glass. Aroma: Dark maltiness, pumpernickel breadiness, brown sugar, caramel and mild vanilla bean. Some green apple and traces of pear. Flavor is smoky and extremely earthy; perhaps this is why it is so hazy? Quite bitter, but also prominently boozy. One of my favorite barley wines as of yet.