jercraigs (8289) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 19, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle @ Cole’s Christmas Tasting 2007. Amber body with a very small white head. Sweet alcoholic aroma, dry toasty malt, mild fruit. Similar flavour with mild fruity notes, rough grainy alcoholic finish. Average palate. Meh. Alcohol is actually surprisingly restrained considering its 10%
FatPhil (10056) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - DEC 16, 2007
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Light orange, thin head. Phenolic and estery aroma - a bit pear-droppy. Very alcoholic, a bit harsh. Strong sticky bitter taste. Reminds me of the muck I used to add vodka to when I was 14 to get me there.
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - DEC 11, 2007
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
In the bottle at the 2007 Crescent Moon Holiday Beer Tasting. Pours dark gold with a thin white head. A very clear beer. Deliciuos malty body with lots of caramel flavors. The ethanol burn is extreme. The hops are very smooth in this one. They seem evenly distributed. This might be my favorite English barleywine, but is certainly the best Ridgeway product I’ve had.
ChazMania (658) - Pasadena, California, USA - DEC 11, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
500ml bottle from Bevmo. It pours with not much luster, and not much of a head. Aroma is mildly honey like. Flavor, while it’s not a fantastic barleywine style, it’s not awful. Mildly sweet and mildly spicy. Maybe a little on the flat side. Worth trying but maybe not rebuying.
unclemattie (4330) - Georgia, USA - DEC 10, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
50cL bottle, 10.5% ABV. BarleyWine Style. Clear, medium golden color. Aroma of a fine malted Ale. Flavors are malt and big bitterness. Lots of Fizz.
StefanSD (2218) - Lakeside, California, USA - DEC 10, 2007
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
500 ml bottle from Bevmo. This one pours a translucent amber-copper. The head is off white and sudsy leaving some lacing in the glass as it quickly recedes. The aroma ia medium in strength with caramel, raisins and alcohol. The flavor is remarkable in that the alcohol is immediately noticeable. Besides alcohol I taste raisins and apricots. The mouthfeel is smooth and full. The finish is long with more raisins. Overall; this would be a much better beer if the alcohol were well integrated. Not recommended.
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 10, 2007
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Another bust from Ridgeway. Pours light brown with red highlights. Small white head with partial lacing. Vanilla, bubblegum, caramel, and peaches. Sickeningly sweet, spicy flavor, with molasses, dates, and something like a cigarette in the finish. This beer is a mess.
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 7, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Beer was a medium amber with a rust colored hue. Head was small, off white with little lacing. Aroma was of darkfruits, vanilla and alcohol. Nice creamy mouthfeel.
Jukkabro (3484) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 6, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark coppery colored, little yellow head. Herbal and grassy, sweet, even perfumy aroma with spicy notes and slight bubblegummy tone. Medium to full bodied. Aroma was interesting, flavor is not so much. Medium alcohol comes through here, still some hopped and raisinny BW notes here, caramelly sweetness gets stronger in aftertaste. Alcohol lasts in aftertaste.
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 5, 2007
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
500 ml bottle, from BevMo LaJolla. Pours a clear bright orange amber with a medium sized whitish head. Aroma of dried fruits, apricot, prune, burnt toffee and spice, cardamom and dried cherry, orange peel, ginger and floral perfume. Flavor is kinda like a heavily fruity spice cake, sweetish, tartish and somewhat astringent, with soap and floral notes and nutmeg, alcohol is present but fairly well masked. Full body with a little, light carbonation.