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 (3932) - 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.
sudsmeister (74) - Westminster, Colorado, USA - FEB 11, 2006
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This brew is a malt lovers dream. Dark, rich, thick and tasty. Expensive too. It doesnít take too many of these puppies to warm you up on a cold winters night. Congrats to North Coast!
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - FEB 9, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This review is for the í05 vintage. Very tasty beer with a malty, whiskey, alcohol nose. A little sweet on the first taste but it balances out rather nicely with some bread and chocolate notes swirling around. Finishes rather dry. Very nice and something Iíd purchase again.
LoveCaissa (873) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 6, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled, 2004 vintage. A great American barley wine with a truly amazing palate. Aroma is full of malts and fruits, and the flavour is sweet and dry. Extremely full palate. Balanced bitter finish.
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 6, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2008 On tap at Capital Ale House - Innsbrook on 08/27/2008. Clear dark amber body with ruby highlights and a small creamy off-white head. Big caramel and molassas aroma with some woody hints and some fruit and yeast. Big caramel and molassas flavor, more yeasty hints with some fruit in the finish. Full body with moderate carbonation. (8/4/8/4/16)
On 02/06/2006. Small creamy yellow head on a murky dark cherry body. Sweet malty aroma with some hints of nuts and molassas. Sweet flavor with molassas tones, very easy to drink for its alcohol content. (8/5/8/4/16)
GreenDragon (219) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 6, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2006 Pours with a small light lemon yellow head on a cloudy orange brown body. Strong aroma of chocolate, roasted malt, nuts, fruit. Very complex. Strong taste of chocolate, malts, nuts, fruit and alcohol. Very thick, chewy body that coats the inside of the mouth and leaves a lingering taste.
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - FEB 4, 2006
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Oh man! This may be the barley wine to end all barley wines! Poured muddy brown with a light brown head that diminished quickly. The aroma on this monster is ridiculous. Chocolate, heavy malts, nuts, toasted bread, cookie dough, maple syrup, and roasted goodness. Unbelievable aroma! Had a wonderful thick, heavy, chewy mouthfeel that made it seem like I was eating the beer instead of drinking it. I thought that with that aroma the flavor could not hold up, but to my suprise it did! Chocolate, heavy malts, maple syrup, cookie dough, roasted awesomeness, nuttiness, and a beautiful warming finish from the alcohol. I must point out that I am not usually a fan of warming finishes, but this one is exquisite! All other barley wines must bow down to this creation.
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 1, 2006
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz. bottle, 2005 vintage. Deep reddish brown, small tan head. Figs, caramel, biscuit, and alcohol in the aroma. Heavy dark alefruit flavors with overtones of caramel. Spiciness in the finish, with a fusel alchol character. Mouthfeel is heavy, somewhat chewy, and rather hot.
Saarlander (1686) - Saarlouis, GERMANY - JAN 31, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2005 bottle. Will for sure save a few for a while, but still good right away, poured a ruby color with little head. Flavor is abit sweet, but nice. Alcohol is somewhat hidden, should be excellent down the road