mcbackus (758) - Merritt Island, Florida, USA - JAN 2, 2008
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
bottles both 2006 and 2007:
both years pour a nice caramel brown with a white head that only last a few seconds. the 06 is just a tad bit darker. aroma is very sweet on both years with the 06 having less fresh fruit and more dark fruit aroma very sweet caramel malt in both years and just a touch of brown sugar in th e06. the flaovur were pretty identical both being sickly sweet with a very bitter aftertaste and finish. the palate is sticky. i did both years this way because they were so close to each other they came out to be the same score.
Tranquillity (1452) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - JAN 2, 2008
2.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Nutty, alcoholic, flowers in the aroma. ed, shiny golden colour, small white head. Taste alcohol, not that much else.
tangentrider (144) - Alabama, USA - JAN 2, 2008
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
amber ale with a huge off-white head. aroma of fruit and malt. flavor is sweet, with fruity hop and nice warmth, but a bit watery. finish is slightly bitter and sweet.
Skeegle (566) - Maryland, USA - JAN 1, 2008
3.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
I think itís hard to mess up a barley wine. Maybe Iím biased towards the style, but Iíve never had one I disliked. This beer was pleasantly very sweet but didnít hide itís alcohol very well, and the hops were a bit off balance. A little astringent tasting, sort of like a mouth full of salty sand. It pours a beautiful perfectly transparent apple juice color that is just phenomenal. The aroma is fairly skunky of macro lager beer and rotten kool-aid.
Miksu (5027) - Jyvšskylš, FINLAND - DEC 31, 2007
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
0.5l bottle. Copper amber color with small head. Sweet caramelly and biscuity aroma with plenty of fruity esters (banana, pear) and solvent. Sweet, fruity, biscuity and caramelly flavor with overload of solvent and sharp alcohols.
Funknmilla (727) - Wayne, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 27, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Copper in color, smells of bananas and sweet malts, fluffy beige head that stays around....fresh on the nose...over-ripe banana flavors, some alcohol, creamy yet full body...sweet notes throughout....this creation....bought it for the label, and well its a good friggin barley wine....sweet finish
pepsican (1504) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - DEC 26, 2007
1.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
pours a crystal clear amber with a thick white head. Aroma of malts and sugary candy...maybe a candy necklace? Flavor of a double heineken skunk with heavy white and brown sugar added. Bits of fruit, but I have no clue what. Did they throw in some used big league chew, and god, what flavor? Strong burn of alcohol. What is going on in this beer? I keep taking sips hoping to figure it out, but I donít think that will work. Feels like razors of sugar cutting my tongue. Easily the worst barley wine Iíve ever drank.
leaparsons (8728) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 24, 2007
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Light brown and gold with a small head. Aromas are sweet caramel and brown sugar. Some peppery notes with evident alcohol. Flavours are brown sugar with lots of caramel. Spicy hops and alcohol follow. Quite clean in flavour with warming, some harsh, alcohol. Lip numbing but OK overall.
roder60 (1288) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 23, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours nice clear amber color with offwhite froathy head. Aroma is mixed fruits and caramel with slight alcohol undertone. Flavor is very malty and caramely with some fruit presence and definite alcohol flavor. Overall, decent.
NJBeerman013 (1052) - Hamilton Twp., New Jersey, USA - DEC 22, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle... Crystal clear amber in color with a pillowy white head - lots of lace. Aroma is very sweet with a strong nose of cane syrup. Flavor is very floral, sweet, almost cloying. There is a strong appearance of alcohol especially towards the finish. A very decent barley wine.