Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - MAY 8, 2007
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle from Yonkers65. Pours a nice, deep, dark copper color. Aroma is light, but there is some nice hop aromas present. Palate is a little thin and lightly carbonated, making this a BW that you can drink easily. Dangerously easy to drink. Flavor is nice, although I would like to see more of the hop flavors stand out. Still damn good though.
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 5, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
More amber than red. White head and lacing. Sweet and cloying armao that is fruity and bitter. Hot and malty with some earthy qualities. Bitterness storms the taste buds. Acidic citrus mops up. A little bit of heat and roast land on the fallout. Finishes bitter and hot.
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - APR 21, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
2006 bottle. Pours light amber with a sparse thin head. Smells malty with some fruity hints. Tastes bitter with a pronounced resiny presence and lots of tangy malt. Mouthfeel is a little this with a bitter finish. The alcohol is very perceivable on this and clashes with the hops and malt at times.
cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - APR 20, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
2006 12 oz. bottle - Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a thin off white head. Aroma is light toasted malt and light esters. Flavor is mostly esters with light malt to back it. Alcohol is noticeable. Medium body. Has an odd after taste. Worth a try.
mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 15, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours an orange-copper body with a little soapy white head. The aroma is mostly minerals, bread malt, and thick fruity hops. Tastes quite brash- grassy pine hops and alcohol is clearly evident. Pretty good but not overly defined.
ross (2128) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - APR 10, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Andrew. Thanks. I havent had a barley wine in quite some time, and after drinking the Port Old Visc, I couldnt resist trying something else. This one looked weird at first, as it seemed almost a yellow color, but as the glass filled it slowly became more orange in color. Little bit of a white head on top of it. Smell is hoppy and has a little bit of smoked notes to it, with some citrus orange fruits. Taste is smooth and fruity, with a nice grassy flavor and hop bitterness. Smooth and pleasing, not a bad beer really. No point to age it, its good where it is.
JoeMcPhee (9169) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - APR 7, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to Oakes for sending this one my way. Deep orange coloured beer with a thin white head. Aroma of sweet caramel and fruity cherry. Lots of fresh hoppy aroma over the sweet malts. The flavour is fairly peppery with a good amount of bitterness on the back. The malts are bright and clean. Some soft orange peel and light candyish aromatics. There is a good interplay of sweet pale malt, some nice fruity complexity and loads of piny hops. Good balance and I think it will age well.
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 2, 2007
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Lighter colored for a barley wine, more of a light bronze or copper. Rich mouthfeel. Mild, mediocre flavors. Hints of tobacco leaves and dried caramel, red apple and highland scotch whisky. Don’t enjoy the flavors too much, to be blunt. Aromas are a little lacking as well, although it might be the most enjoyable element. An ok BW.
BillKismet (3737) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 31, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Luscious apricot appearance and fairly carbonated for a barley wine. Lovely candi peach and malt aroma. Pleasant, mellifluous mouthfeel, but with a sharp hop bite. This brew would profit from continued aging as it is quite green. The potential will be unlocked once the hops mellow and the malt develops.
Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 25, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pale colored barley with a frolicsome cool head. Hoppy, tawdy big beer. Had this on draught at Oaks Bottom in Sellwood. The bottle price of this beer in stores is an unsubtle overtax.