wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAY 22, 2004
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
12 oz bottle, goblet. Grain, nutty, caramel and sweet dark bread malt (H); grapefruit hops (M); apricot, peach, brown sugar, toffee and a hint of hazelnut. Yeah, I guess that sounds pretty good, but it comes across sickeningly sweet like over ripened fruit. Deep ruby-peach body with an amazing, eggnong white, creamy, well lasting head. Extrememly sweet, moderately acidic flavor becomes a heavily sweet, moderately bitter, moderately acidic finish with a husky, astringent aftertaste. Heavy body, creamy texture, flat carbonation. The bottom line is: WAY too sweet, acidic...tastes like over ripened fruit...just makes me reel.
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - MAY 6, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2003 bottle. Cloudy glowing golden-orange color. Caramel, gets sweet from midway to the finish. Nicely hopped, rich. Thanks again fly.
wulfhere (217) - Billings, Montana, USA - MAR 21, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This beer is a bit too hop-forward with all of the acidic character that you'd expect. a nice malt presence with molasses, caramel, soice & clove, but overall, a yeast and acidic presence thateads me to believe that the beer could use a year or more to age.
Terminus (3328) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - MAR 1, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle-2004-purchased at grapevine market, Austin, Tx-Pours exactly like your typical Imperial IPA. Medium aroma of citrus, currants, pineapples and slightly metalic. wierd body-somewhat thin. flavors start out sweet-citrus, pine, pale malts-pretty unbalanced. I dont know if this would age good. even with the unbalanced profile, the alcohol is very well hidden for a beer this potent. not bad, but not great either.
adwoan99 (244) - Ft. Worth, Texas, USA - FEB 27, 2004
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Pours with no head. Smells berry, fairly nice, but the flavor is almost all alcohol. Normally I would enjoy this, being as I like sweet mixed drinks, but this was not very pleasant.
dannyboydwp (48) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - FEB 21, 2004
1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 2/20
2004 - The beer was strong, 12.4%, but it, again, tasted like it was pure alcohol. Rubbing alcohol. Never drink a Real Ale! Worst Barelywine I've had yet! Give a an Old Nick's over this anyday!
supermikeyb (43) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - FEB 18, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Wow, I always look forward to the barley wines at this time of year. Real Ale has never let me down. This year offers a fruit-cake nose with an abundant amount of Cascade hops. The palate is sweet and warming, but the finish is a tad bit over done with the Cascade. Overall, a fantastic treat.
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - NOV 26, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This was a contribution from my favorite Texan, Fly. Murky beer that looks a lot like apple cider. The aroma however shows a strange elegance: soft peach and beeries with booze. The flavor is very tasty--the same fruitiness, also some pear flavors, but underpinned with major bitterness. But not that snappy, 10-day old Bigfoot variety--this is mellow and quietly powerful bitterness. A great tasting ugly beer.
belgianhomebrew (646) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - NOV 22, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
2002 - Great malty, slightly hoppy aroma. Nice malty flavor with just the right amount of bitterness. A very well made Barley Wine that ages extremely well.
Rastacouere (6154) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 12, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy amber. Nice aroma, very hoppy with notes of honey and maple. I love the smoky feel in mouth which accompanies well the lemon, peaches, caramel and salt. Very hoppy as it warms, coniferous bitter aftertaste.
This seemed a bit underrated to me. Now you're talking Joet!