505 (271) - Echo Park, California, USA - JAN 11, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I find the statement on the bottle to be a little overboard, but pretty good. Aroma is malty with dark fruits coming through. Relatively thick bodied. Flavor is sweet, with an alcoholic finish. I would like more hops. Nice bottle caps.
Ibrew2or3 (7511) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 6, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12/02/06 Walk the Line Barleywine Festival, Dunedin, FL. 2005 vintage. This beer poured copper with off white head. The aroma was fresh sweetness that seemed to be a combination of sweet caramel malts and grapefruit hoppiness. The flavor was light in the malt department with a sweet caramel taste along with a more dominant sweet and slightly tart orange citrus hops
12/02/06 Walk the Line Barleywine Festival, Dunedin, FL. 2002 vintage. This one had a milder hop aroma. The flavor was very good with a bit stronger dark fruit note and smoother hops. Very drinkable.
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - OCT 30, 2006
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Pours a rich mahogany caramel w/ a full creamy froth that reduces to a layer of pancake spatter. Aroma has a fresh piney profile w/ a rich sweetness that appeals to my nostrils like a fine brandy. Full nectar w/ mellow residual effers. The flavor profile revolves around a huge malty backbone with a defined sweetness w/ nuances of caramel, new leather, copper, and some stone fruit. This type of viscocity needs ample hops to back it up and this brew has it in perfect proportions. What I really like is the asprin finish thats tingles my buds after the onslought of rich malty sweetness. This brew is very rich yet balanced. Alcohol is not evident. Highly recommended.
Braudog (6024) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - SEP 24, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Telluride Blues & Brews Fest Sep 06. This poured a dark, medieval brown with a massive topping. I think the "killer" in the name applies to the sweet breadiness ... like killing me with fruitcake, this is a big sugary beer. Big pow.
Aubrey (3490) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - AUG 22, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAY 9, 2007 Deep amber hue. Sweet malts throughout, with rock candy, caramel, and sweet dough. Warming alcohol. Nice fruity notes in the background. Not quite enough bitterness. Pleasant, but seemed to be lacking in some departments (i.e., texture, edginess, hop profile). Still, not bad. RERATE: Healthy malts. Earthy, chewy, peaty. Nice and quenchy hop zing. Seems much hoppier than the last one I tried, way back when. All right barley wine.
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 (10833) - San Diego, California, 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 (6748) - 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.