kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - FEB 24, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
LCRBM: Sweet grapefruit and caramel in the nose. Suprisingly plesant and smooth, not offensive. Brown in colour. Sweet yet not cloying. Dry hop finish. Good stuff.
beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - FEB 23, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
(02.21.06) 12 oz brown bottle purchased from DiCarloís, Mundelein, IL. 11.4 % ABV. 2005 release. Pours clear red with a consistency like light maple syrup. Small white head. Soft carbonation. Caramel, sweet malt, and dried fruity (raisin?) esters on the nose. Full bodied ale that starts with notable malt sweetness and toasted malt/caramel/dried fruit (raisin?) flavors. Smooth with light sharpness (carbonation?) in the mouth. Finishes with light malt fade. Definite alcohol warmth. Very malty and sweet-tasting but not cloying at all. Delicious malty beer thatís suitable as a night cap or as a dessert beer after a meal.
CMUBEERMAN (426) - - FEB 23, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
í04 release...Pours a nice swampy amber color with pretty no head. Aroma is very creamy and sugary...some thick fruity sweetness. Oh...this has something to the taste that Iíve never had in a beer before. There is a lot of sweet malt and fruity flavor...as well as some hop bitterness towards the end. There is a really woody character to this brew and Iíll classify my surprise from above as something to do with this...like a highly finished wood...not quite chemically, but something along those lines. The mouthfeel is very light for its appearance...but it is still intensely creamy...I know I canít explain it. Iíd very much like to try a í03 and an í05 after having this brew.
Tons of carmel.
jake65 (3445) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - FEB 21, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a very clear rusty red with a small tan head. Aroma of malts, nuts, and alcohol - kind of brisk. Not really what I expect for taste, kind of thin, some caramel, nuts, sour, and more alcohol. This was the 2005 vintage, perhaps an aged batch would have suited me better.
jgeiman (27) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - FEB 21, 2006
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 Fl oz. dated 2004: pours cloudy brownish-red with a very minimal yellow-beige head which disappears quickly. Heavy malt aroma with some nuttiness, caramel, slight hints of raisin, and a whiskey burn. More than a little port wine going on here. To me the body is pretty thin with strikingly present carbonation. The moderately sweet taste turns to a strong alcohol burn- also very much like a tawny port, but without the body to support the intensity of flavor. Ends on burnt caramel with a sweet that lingers. Maybe I just donít like barleywines, but I wasnít that into it. Of interest: I accompanied the beer with some salty aged cheese at the end, and for some reason, it became more effervescent and smooth as a result.
frankenkitty (2006) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - FEB 14, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2004 Vintage††Pours a near-opaque, rich ruby/vermillion with nigh a head except for a thin, white halo. Juicy, caramel aroma, mostly malts with a lick of alcohol and plenty of dark fruits and caramel. (Intoxication intensifies exponentially as it warms.) "Oh my," I actually proclaim as I taste this one. Rich and wooden with the alcohol seriously penetrating, the flavor also finds vinous notes, deep veins of caramel and sweet baked goods... itís like being a child again, finding delicious treats in the strangest of places! A thick, syrupy, warming palate rates a "4" until I take into account the soft shroud of drunkeness that blankets me. Perfect.
Gene, you can keep your Old Horizontal... Iíve found a BarleyWine worthy of my time ("floor-malted Maris-Otter Malt" my ASS).
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Numenor (871) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 12, 2006
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Perfect coloring for a Barley Wine. Nice lemony head to this beer. Excellent aroma consisting of malts, hops and citrus flavoring with heavy sweetness. Supreme taste consisting of fruits and malts. Great ending, one of the better barley wines Iíve had.
harmfuldrunk (288) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 12, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2003 wow first thoughtsmells good first tast e sweet not overwhelming alcohol, malty and thick. but damn it is a fine beer.
temporrari (397) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - FEB 12, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2004 bottle. Cloudy brown amber, very little head. Kinda of ugly. Aroma is sweet, malty, with a little alcohol. Not much, considering the ABV. Flavor is mostly the same, kinda fruity. You can taste a good dose of alcohol, but it works well and doesnít distract. Especially since it is damn cold outside today. I must say though, this brew doesnít really stand out for me. Itís well made, and it tastes good, but is awfully similar to several other barley wines out there. Still, pretty darn good. Warming and robust, an excellent winter ale.
sunevdj (3947) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - FEB 12, 2006
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a clear dark brown. Very sweet, lots of risidual sugar. Aromas of fruits and malts. Also a nutty alcohol aroma. Could have more hops.