auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, 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.
Dalle (1145) - SkÝrping, DENMARK - JAN 30, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: FEB 13, 2005 Bottle. Dark red-brown with small beige head. Plenty of alcohol from start to finish, sweet, over-ripe fruit, fortified wine, bitter finish. A nice beer for sipping - but not great.
SpringsLicker (3439) - Tennessee, USA - JAN 26, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2003 vintage bottle purchased 1/24/05.
Clear medium brown color with just a blush of red at the edges. Average sized thick head for a Barleywine.
Heavy, thick, sheets of lacing from this one too.
Very little aroma from this one cold as might be expected, but as it warms it blossoms with fruits and caramel.
The malty brew has a good amount of body and hides itís alcohol well. Not a bad sipper.
ToadMan (559) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 25, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2002 - Dark orangy brown color, with very little head. Aroma is big and sweet with a rich carmel malty presence. Flavor is strong malt, quite sweet, fig tones, moderatly chewy, moderate hop presence, hints of chocolate, and dark cherry. Very rich and complex. Strong alcohol character, but not overpowering. Excellent beer.
desurfer (1279) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - JAN 23, 2005
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2004. Pours a deep, clear mahogany with little head. Aroma is very sweet and malty, with a big caramel character and some smokiness. The smoke also comes through in the flavor, with some vinous notes and lots of alcohol, as well as oakiness and a moderate bitter hopping. Finish is dry and warm. Very good barleywine.
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - JAN 21, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. 2004. Dark amber body with a thin film of bubbles for a head. Nice round flavor-good amount of hops (bith bitter and aroma), slight banana, cherry, caramel, wood, alcohol, dried fruit, and some slight chocolate. The mouth feel is very full. The only major problem that I can taste is that the flavor is slightly metallic. Very dry warm finish. A great example of an AMerican BW.
Mathis (48) - KBH K, DENMARK - JAN 13, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
A dark golden brown body with off-white head. The aroma is sweet like cherries and "dadler". A round and strong flavor, with hints of sweet wildberries. A little too "ensidig", and the taste of alc is a bit dominating! I normally love US barley wines, but this particular one is too borring and doll. When i drink barley i want a kick in the head, and 100s of flavors to attac every inch of my bloody body!
meathookjones (245) - Sterling, Virginia, USA - JAN 12, 2005
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This poured out with a mahogany body with a tall light tan head that peaked from the top of the glass. The head stays around for a while and leaves lace that slowly slides back down to its creator. After being poured a light sweet fruity smell comes from the glass being accompanied by caramel a slight alcohol scent. Caramel covered fruity sweetness meets your lips with the first sip. A bit of hop bittering provides a nice balance as the finish is quite warming with a slight alcohol sting on the tip on the tongue. Some chocolate notes were also detected as this warmed as was a stronger alcohol presence. Mouthfeel was creamy and chewy at times with an almost full body. Drinkability was good, as I could have had another one after this if I wasnít going to bed afterwards. Great ale here that I recommend to anyone to try.
5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JAN 4, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle (2004) pours reddish mahogany, small fizzly off-white head, spotty lacing, with very light carbonation. † Nutty aroma, malty, with notes of apples and figs. † Noticable alcohol as well. † Subtle hop bite with a mild malt forefront. † Dark pitted fruit as well as some apple skin on the tongue. † Very smooth for a 11.4% example. † Mild body, slightly syrupy mouthfeel. † Finishes with a bit more hop bite, light malts, sweet, with figs, dark cherries, & alcohol lingering. † This is one to look forward too each Winter.
GuilTTy (728) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - JAN 2, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 22, 2006 Dark brown and slightly hazy with red highlites under a thin beige head. Plenty of sweet dark fruits and toffee in the aroma along with healthy malt. Satisfying flavors of grapes, brown sugar, pear, malt and alcohol. Warming finish that leads easily into the next sip. I had a 2003 bottle and stashed another couple away for next year.