rocbyter (1886) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - JAN 31, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Little malt with hops and alcohol in the aroma. Clear amber orange color with a medium tan head with some lacing. Bitter taste in the beginning. Mellowing in the finish and developing a slight alcohol burn. Light palate for the amount of alcohol in this one.
JFURYCAT (1079) - East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 13, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
My first reaction was overdone, unhidden alcohol and too much caramel malt but this big beast caught on with me as they usually do. There is some vanilla in the finish and although I like bitter hoppy monsters; at the end, I realized this one is overdone even though it kicks the butt of every Rock Art beer I ever sampled. It is kind of odd how a beer with such a high IBU seems to have a one-sided hoppy kick which lacks the diversity of hop flavors youíd find with say Stone Ruinification or Green Flash IPA. Iím thinking too much potency diminishes the nuances which lie underneath this beer, hence the instruction to use a snifter to detect them.
VTHopHead (1511) - Barre, Vermont, USA - JAN 1, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber - From my son on Christmas - Pours a very dark reddish brown in color with a small whitish head that covered the top of the beer. Aroma was malty sweet with a nice amount of spicy hops. Flavor was very strong of citrus hops and hops bitterness. Some malt undercurrent, but that was erased by the strong hoppy bitterness. Much more hoppy than a traditional BW, but enjoyable none the less.
ericnixon (737) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 1, 2007
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
I have to say that Iím not a fan of the kokopelli (sp-1?). It looks like a weird doll staring at itís private parts with a telescope or something. Anyways, this one had a big hoppy bite that never went away. I normally like Barley Wines, but this one was too hopped up on goofballs and it interfered with the taste. Warming, yes, and that was nice, esp. on such a cold cold night, but I feel like I need to scrub my mouth out with a piece of pumice rock or something.
Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 1, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This was a bit harsh up front but mellowed as the beer warmed. A nice beer but it probably should be aged.
Kinz (3251) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - NOV 26, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Richmond "industry" gathering. Deep orange amber. Big aroma of earth and citric hops. Rich flavors of caramel malts and solidly earthy hops. Very enjoyable, I liked this quite a bit. The flavors clearly showed well in a big tasting like this one.
brewandbbq (269) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 19, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours hazy mahogany, with a beige head of a quarter inch.
Some errant dots and streaks of lacework follow through after the first few sips, and the surface clears to a few whisps of fine foam.
Aromatics are largly malty with some mild citrus notes.
Hopping is subdued, and what is there is somewhat akin to stale pellets.
Chipped toffee, dark caramel, and dried figs push the brew into English-style territory, sans the warming alcohol.
Mouthfeel is thickish and chewy. Plenty of sticky malt with light carbonation. A real tongue-sticker.
Pallet is filled with more thick malt and a decent helping of boozyness. Hopping is mostly in the bittering, with some mild citrus zest being buried under the massive malt bill.
Shades of nougat, burnt caramel, wet cardboard, and some astringency from the bittering hops round out the flavor profile.
Finishes a bit hot, stale-ish and malty.
Pretty rough around the edges at this point, but could be a good candidate for aging.
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 15, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle sampled from Caponesdian. Pours ruby/brown with a khaki colored head. Aroma of spices, fruit, caramel, brown sugar, and hops. The flavor is sweet, smooth, spices, brown sugar, caramel, roast, with a well balanced bitterness in the finish.
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - OCT 12, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle via trade with jasonmech77 - Pours a hazy light brown color with a 3/4 finger thick off white head. Light spotty lacing. Aroma is toasted malt and esters. Flavor is mostly sweet malt and esters with a nice hop bite. Mouthfeel is slightly thin. Medium body. A decent BW. Thanks Jason.
sstackho (249) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 9, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle purchased from Bauer Wines in Boston. Pours a rich ruby brown with ample head. Strong boozy malty aroma. And thatís exactly how the taste is. Powerful, malty and hoppy. It packs quite a punch all around. The alcohol content is quite evident. It is a bit sweet, but not overly so. Although this is a beer that will certainly make you take notice, itís not the most enjoyable beer in the world. Iím finding this one to be a bit of a chore, likely due to its very high malt content. But then again, Iím generally not a big barleywine fan, so feel free to take this review with a grain of malt. Yet as the beer goes on, that noticeable alcohol does its trick and sucks you in and makes you fall in love with the world.