NeonLX (261) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 10, 2005
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 3, 2005 From a bottle, this pours a ruby-copper color with minimal head. Aroma is somewhat fruity but not intense. Sweet malt & fruity taste. Nice, well-rounded mouthfeel. Minimal hopping. Very warming as it flows through the old pipes.
This tastes a lot like Capital’s "Autumnal Fire" to me--not a bad thing. Great brew for the price.
Update 11/3/05: This stuff gets better with age. I’m enamored with this beer’s palate--syrupy smooth with perfect carbonation. I’m getting more depth in the bottles that have been sitting for a few weeks. It would be interesting to stash a few of these and see what happens over time, but it would be mighty tough to resist the urge to drink them "in the meantime".
TheEnemy (562) - Chicago, USA - OCT 6, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 14, 2006 Clear dark auburn color which produces a thick, tightly packed head that leaves lots of lace on the sides of the glass. Pleasant dried fruit and sweet malt aroma with a touch of yeast nutiness. Sweet malt dominates the flavor with some support from hop bitter and dried fruit. Alcohol shows up later and becomes a bit rough. Strong, bubbly palate. Fine effort.<P>Re-rate June 14 2006: After 8 months of cellaring, not much has changed except that the alcohol character has smoothed out a bit, making a charming American barleywine even better. Rating moved up from 3.9 to 4.0 based on a one-point improvment in flavor.
badgerben (4576) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - OCT 5, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark copper color with a thin head that vanishes quickly. Light, sweet malt aroma. Sugary taste, ladden with alcohol and a light variety of malt. The hops are nowhere to be found. Caramel and toffee notes. Should benefit from aging.
hezron (610) - Viroqua, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 4, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 17, 2005 Bottle, served in my worthy glass at 55F. Light bready caramel aroma with some dried fruit (figs), floral hops. Bright amber-copper in color with a small head that mostly fades, leaving only a little ring around the edge. Sweet caramel flavor initially then some dried fruit sensations which change into a warming floral bitterness rising into the back of my nose. The flavors are good, but not well blended, perhaps age will help. Full bodied with a nice creamy feel to it. Overall, this is my kind of barleywine: sweet and malty, not too bitter.
Working on my second six pack of this and it is really growing on me. A few bottles have been noticeably hoppier than others and last night I noticed some smoked, charcoal flavor. I rarely drink this much of the same beer and it is making me think twice about rating 2oz samples.