jimhilt (2469) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 4, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a five finger light tan head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Totally black color. Medium carbonation and very heavy bodied. Sweet malty nose. Label lists this as barleywine but its more like an IPA Flavor is strong hops with caramel, smooth yet bitter almost cough syrup with lingering bitterness. High ABV completely hidden. Good but not what I was expecting. $7.95 for a 500ml bottle from John’s Marketplace Portland, OR.
hopson (635) - Williamsville, New York, USA - JAN 4, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Delicious. Great black appearance with a huge tannish head. chocolate sweetness throughout. Totally thought this was a barley wine, and am surprised to see it classified as a double ipa. Not hoppy enough if that is the classification. Anyway, its good. Would repurchase.
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 4, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Dark garnet (almost black) body, big, dense light tan head. Sweet caramel nose with dark fruits and English yeast. Sweet body with lemony hops character and moderate finishing bitterness.
LinusStick (3002) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 4, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a trade with Maria. I think the style of this needs changed to barley wine. No way is this an IIPA, Aroma of dark fruit and caramel malt with a bit of roastiness to it. Pour was a deep, murky unmoving brown with no head. Taste was very chewy and malty with notes of cough syrup and dark fruit in the front. As it warms caramel and brown sugar become more noticeable. A decent hop bite in the end but this was too cough syrupy/Vicks-y for me. Little to no carbonation.
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JAN 1, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Black in color, large pillowy beige head, sticky lacing.   Certainly very dark for a Barley Wine or an IIPA.   Big
piney nose but without the sharpness, sorta weird.   Hop stickiness, some malt, but mainly this weird strong pine that doesn’t burn.
A bit more hop presense on the tongue, certainly malty, perhaps more roasty than your average Barley Wine or Double IPA.
Certainly big, and wears the 10% ABV well as I cannot tell its that big.   Not as malty as one might expect for a Barley Wine, which
might explain why this one is listed as a Double IPA.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate to full.   Backside is a little sharp, a bit
more alcohol emerges here.   Funny, this to me is about as much of an IIPA as it is a Barley Wine, meaning it almost doesn’t fit either
category all that well.   Bitter, certainly malty, with an odd piney bitterness.   Not really heavy on either of those fronts.
Decent, finishes clean, perhaps a little bit of lingering pine like bitterness, but not what I was expecting at all.
Silphium (3188) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - DEC 31, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by artusory. Deep red-brown body with translucent edges, medium tan head. Clean, toasty aroma, leafy and bready with hints of chocolate. Piney hops body with light citrus, giving way to toast and brown sugar. The balance is still in favor of dry and bitter, but there is also a leafy, tannic quality. Interesting beer.
Pouler (10) - Århus V, DENMARK - DEC 31, 2007
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark reddish brown. Nice head. The chinook aromas coming clearly through. Delicate and soft mouthfeel. Burnt malts and some sweetness within all the hop bitterness. You can feel the alcohol, but not the full 10%.
Very good and as other says; it is a beer to sip slowly.
Miksu (5027) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - DEC 27, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
0.5 l bottle. Dark hazy reddish brown color with big beige head. Sweetish aroma loaded with floral and citrusy hops, lemon, grapefruit, black currant and pine. Bittersweet flavor with strong citrusy and piney hops, sharp alcohol bite and some caramel. Quite heavy sipping beer.
raymondwave (931) - FINLAND - DEC 26, 2007
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 0.5 l. Dark cloudy brown, pretty much opaque. Beige fading fluffy head. Hay, grass, pine, soap, juniper, big outdoorish nose. Flavor is extremely bitter. Pinethorns combined with burning alcohol. This would be difficult with sore throat. No sweetness at all, just bitter. Totally evil beer. I read it might be like this when too young, but I like it already. I’d say the most hopped beer I’ve had so far. Sierra Nevada Bigfoot and Norrebro North Bridge Extreme come close. I can’t wait to see if this developes some sweet notes after some aging. Big full mouthfeel with smooth carb.
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 26, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The bottle claims to be a Barleywine, and its leans in that direction. Pours murky brown with a thick, light tan head. Strong aroma of caramel, licorice, earth, oranges, alcohol, and piney hops. Syrupy mouthfeel. Butterscotch, scotch, peppery hops with lots of resin, and a heaping of caramel malt in the taste. Some nice hop bitterness, and a long a sweet alcoholic finish.