WeeHeavySD (3360) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - SEP 29, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 24, 2007 labeled as barleywine, sipped end of the bottle from Odeed @ Alesmtih BA release. pretty damn tasty can’t say it seems at all like a double IPA, but then again I had a nip. Had a better taste @ Glouglouburp’s place at a tasting. Sweet hoppy nice.
drewbeerme (3879) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 28, 2007
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2007 500ml bottle, labeled as a Barleywine. pours dark with a hint of red in it. pours creamy frothy tan head. nose just doesn’t seem that fresh, must have taken too long to get to chicago, well it’s not that hoppy at this point, some alcohol coming through, very nutty, caramelly, plums, charred wood, and some roast. there still some piney and citrus hop notes but really faded. i’m really not into the nose of this thing. flavor is nicely spiced, pleasantly bitter, with big caramel malt back bone, along with hints of chocolate, roast, dark fruits, and PNW hops. this actually reminds me a lot of decadence 06, however not quite as good. body is rich and creamy, and alcohol is noticed a bit too much in the taste and finish. nogne does carbonation really well. it’s too bad the hops are past their prime but I think this would age really nice.
TorbenH (823) - Frederikshavn, DENMARK - SEP 24, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Average creamy light brown head, mostly diminishing. Red/brown body. Medium to full body. Heavy bitter flavor. Cirtus aroma.
saxo (13851) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - SEP 21, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Nice tan head with excellent duration. Color is black. Aroma and taste are hops, roast malt, coffee and chocolate.
DocLock (7824) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 20, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Capone’s. Dark brown pour with a huge khaki head, although the head size may have been artificially inflated due to apparent unintentional bottle agitation. At any rate, this one looks great. Also, I am done with stylistic arguments, but this one is a lot more like a hoppy porter than a barleywine. It is actually a bit Alpha Klausy, with a heavy hop bill, a rich, complex palate, and flavor notes of roasty dark malt, big hops, chocoff, molasses, and some dark fruit. The fruit takes a back seat to the malt and hops, both in aroma and flavor. This one is yet another winner from Nogne, one of my current favorite brewers.
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - SEP 15, 2007
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. I would sware the label said this was a barley wine. Nonetheless, big, flavorful, chocolatey sweetness dominates. Not a huge hop presence. Was my bottle mislabeled. Not true to the style, but very good.
aru (105) - Smørum, DENMARK - SEP 15, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A very dark and powerful mouthful. Maybe a bit too sweet, but in general a very good beer.
JK (4400) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - SEP 11, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brewfiend did an international trade to get this so I can at least thank him for it. Muddy brown appearance like river water. I have no idea I am about to drink an IPA from the looks of this. Alcohol and citrus hop aroma. Flavor is packed with bitter hops, and not quite balanced by good, lightly sweet malt.
sthlm (1230) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 11, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
[Bottle, thanks a lot Brewfiend!] Pours a very cloudy dark brown with a light cream head. Aroma actually isn’t too hoppy--mostly malt and caramel. Taste is citrusy, with some roasted malt. Very low bitterness for an IIPA. Quite thick. Very unique beer where the aroma didn’t match up with the taste much, and the beer didn’t match my expectations for what it would be like.
Skyview (5172) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - SEP 10, 2007
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Special thanks to brewfiend for sharing this brew. From a 12-oz bottle pours a hazy dark brown brew with a fast dissolving tan head that leaves behind a swirly film and some lacing. Aroma of sweet citrus zest, burnt brown sugar, some toffee and plenty of alcohol. Taste is medium to full bodied, some carbonation with a smoky dark malt and sugary citrus flavor. Finish is quite metalic and semi-sweet with plenty of alcohol to keep the body quite warm.