SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - FEB 28, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2003. Darker brown with a deep ruby tinge. Thin off white head settles quickly. Sweet malt aroma and caramel with subtle hop undertones. At first glance a rather ugly beer, but the more I stare- there is something indiscernably appealing in its appearance. Truly picturesque. Like Iím looking at an artists conception of a beer. Or Iím just very thirsty. Taste matches the aroma, although in reverse order with a clean dry finish. Hops more present in taste than in aroma. Big smooth body. Nothing alcoholic about this 11.4% brew. I love a good barley wine- this is a good barley wine. Have to buy more to lay down.
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 27, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Red-brown colour with a medium baige head. Sweet spicy malty raisin light alcoholic aroma and taste. Medium to full body and a sweet warming alcoholic finish.
Ray1975 (251) - Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, USA - FEB 26, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2004 vintage... Poured an amber brown color with a mediium lasting head. Spicy aroma with a malty sweet flavor of Bananas, Figs, and Raisins and a heavy flavor of Brandy. Nice thick mouthfeel and well balanced.. Much different from any other Barleywine I have tasted but very good!
kms399 (267) - plymouth, Minnesota, USA - FEB 21, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
pours a cloudy reddish brown. no head no lacing. probably from the alcohol. taste is nothing like the other barley wines i have had. tastes are subtle and well balanced so far my favorite barley wine.
joergen (23370) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - FEB 20, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Red colour with a small beige head.
Spicy aroma with notes of bananas and alcohol.
Powerful sweet spicy flavour with notes of alcohol and bananas.
Good barley wine.
mike mcneil (660) - St Augustine, Florida, USA - FEB 18, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2003 vintage. To begin with this is one sensational Barleywine from NC. Pours a beautiful deep amber/orange color, but maintains only a very thin whispy head. Luscious, rich aromas of brandy, dark rum, plum, raisin, fig and caramel. Flavors of aformentioned dark fruits, cherry, oak and chocolate just completely overtake oneís taste receptors. Mouthfeel is silky smooth and chewy. Alcohol level is exceptionally well balanced and certainly enhances the aromas and flavors enjoyed here. If you can find this, give it a try. Definitely a winner!
Kevin (2154) - New Mexico, USA - FEB 13, 2005
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
04 bottle pours red with a brown tint and a thinner tan orange head that is more tan than orange. aroma is lighter than expected notes of lawn clippings and pineapple and a butload of sweetness and diesel fuel. whoa slow down there cowboy this is a sipper. the first taste was a bit much it made me cringe. but the rum like plum flavors came through on the second taste. wow the bitterness bleedss through this but it is still cloying. a medicinal taste remains with this. christwagons this is raw. note to self age this fucker. but it should be interesting to compare notes down the line. i can taste a doughy raisin something that is angry, not as angry as me, but angry nonetheless. damn this is potent. i have learned that elvis costello and barleywines donít mix. both are good on their own but donít fit the same room. damn the harsh flavors makes me want to kick a kid in a wheel chair. twice.
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 9, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2003-Pours a nice looking cherry color with a small off-white head. Aroma is a little sweet. Some carmel and a little smoke fill the nose. Very mellow flavor. A great malt backbone with a sticky carmel and raisin flavor. I feel the alcohol in the finish. Well hidden. A very good Barleywine.
Reid (2064) - Salem, Oregon, USA - FEB 4, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Ok its a nice looking brown with ruby accents,the head is small and off white colour..very nice lacing present throughout the glass.
Very rich,creamy,malty aromas,backed by a spicy scent of alcohol
Good taste,pretty "thick" and fruity,rum and raisin!. Slight hoppy bitterness complimented by the alcohol, which is rather sherry like .
Quite nice on the palate,smooth until the end, alcohol warmth present in the throat.
Its a very nice cold night sipper, though I doubt I can manage more than one at a sitting.
auerbrau (3182) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - FEB 2, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 23, 2007 2006 On tap at Zenoís Pub - State College, PA. Aroma of rich, dense sugars licked with spicy grandeur, lifting hop residue and rich alcohols. Pours a mixed ruddy and brown, with sweeping bronze fringes and a silky soap of off-white on tap. Flavor is thick, lubricious and bold. Thereís amazing runs of nuttiness, complex mature fruits, bold spice and lively warm banana flesh. This is really expressive, dense and nuanced. Iím really impressed! Awesome character on a curt and slightly alcoholic body, that leaves mostly dry and imparts a great spicy smack of beautifully aging Fuggles. Really awesome at this point. So much character, depth, flavor, build and expressive. Smack carries for ever with mature alcohol soaked woods, raw sugars and reminiscence of hops. Really awesome beer at this point.
2003 12oz Bottle Great fresh caramel aroma. Nice ruddy amber glow. Sweet and broad on the palate. Not very complex, but extremely drinkable. Very creamy. Smooth.