blueturk (82) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - AUG 17, 2006
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours dark amber in could with a decent orange head. Carbonation is higher than expected. Malty nose with a scent I canít quite place. Flavor is sweet with strong carmel flavor and alcohol warming. Smooth aftertaste. Not my favorite barley wine.
BeerandBlues2 (8556) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - AUG 8, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours amber-mahagony with a small tan head that mostly diminishes. Aroma is caramel malt (straw), yeast (dough), cardboard, fruit (peach, apple). Medium sweetness, moderate bitterness and acidity, brown sugar, fizzy alcohol, perfume. Medium and warm body, spicy, dry and fizzy palate.
Ernest (5920) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 6, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 17, 2013 Bottle.
Head is initially average sized, frothy, light brown, mostly diminishing.
Body is hazy dark amber, unfiltered.
Aroma is moderately malty (cookie, caramel), lightly to moderately hoppy (flowers, apricot), with notes of toffee, peach, dried mango, cantaloupe, alcohol.
Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter.
Medium to full body, velvety/syrupy texture, lively/soft carbonation, moderately alcoholic.
Wow, six years since Iíve re-visited this. Still a high-3 / low-4 quality barleywine IMHO. Lovely and enticing nose (leaning towards British-styled...zero resinous hop character here, thankfully!) and quite well-balanced for the style...neither too sweet nor too bitter nor too alcoholic-tasting. Every sip beckons another, which is highly unusual for the style (at least for me, since Iím not a fan of sweet-and-boozy). Nice to see this is still solid (and/or that my tastes havenít changed to exclude it).
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 6, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUN 28, 2007 Bottled. Beer is hazy dark warm brown color with a small, frothy, off-white, diminishing, mostly lasting head.<P>
The aroma is malty with light notes of toasted grain, caramel, biscuit; Hoppy with moderate notes of herb, resin; Yeasty with a light note of basement; Light miscellaneous note of orange zest, spicy alcohol, gingery wood.<P>The flavor is moderately-to-heavily sweet, moderately bitter, lightly acidic with a longish, warm, moderately bittersweet, lightly acidic finish.<P>The body is full, the texture is velvety and the carbonation is soft.
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 6, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear tan, thin white lacing. Malty aroma, some floral hops too. Taste is fruity, bubblegum, big malts with a touch of oxidation. Not too much in the way of hops. Long cloying finish. Average.
NeonLX (261) - Wisconsin, USA - JUL 19, 2006
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Gadzooks, this stuff is SWEET!
Picked up a 22-oz. bottle of this at "Susanís Fine Wines & Spirits" near the intersection of St. Francis & Cerillos Rd (highly recommended; decently priced selection of "western" brews). Pours a darker amber with eggshell head. Sweet, bready aroma. First taste is plums & maple syrup. Thereís also some glazed brown sugar in there. Surprisingly light palate for such a stout brew. Goes down easily and then clobbers you. Fun stuff.
KRock (3) - USA - JUL 13, 2006 does not count
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
I have tried this beer many times, and the quality can vary. When itís good- itís excellent and they seem to be getting better consistency lately. This beer has a lot of malt with just enough hops to ballance it out. It should be tasted after their lighter beers, as it is a very large beer and will drown out the flavors of their pale and wheat beers. Be careful when drinking, as it is also very high in alcohol. I suggest trying it on tap at the brewing company.
crilg (1) - Los Ranchos, New Mexico, USA - APR 7, 2006 does not count
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
unfortunalty for this one, it was followling a Full Sail Old Boardhead Barleywine. My overall comment is why DOES this taste like chicken! I truly believe they came up with the name after tasting this one... not my favorite, but as a NMíican, I will try again and also put one in deep store for later sampling!
FoolishMortal (983) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 9, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Hazy dark orange amber. Large fluffy white head. Thick malty aroma with Cascade family hops. Sweet malt and fruity flavors meld into a bitter resinous finish, without cloying. Mouthfeel is medium heavy, chewy but not sticky.
Terminus (3042) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - JAN 31, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle-thanks to whaleman for sharing this bottle barleywine from NM. pours a nice ruby hue with minimal white head. Sweet, fruity, berry aroma that must have come from the mix of maris otter malts and high alpha acid hops (centennial?). sweet flavors that were somewhat cloying. Medium body. Sweetness from start to finish. The hops were there, but very hard to distinctly taste due to the huge amount of sweet malts. An ok barleywine, but needs to tone down the sweetness and raise the bitterness.