RichJ7 (1175) - Cullman, Alabama, USA - APR 20, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2006 bottle. Pours a caramel color with very little head. Nice, dark aroma of malt, oak, nuts. Bit of toffee, perhaps. Flavor is rich and complex ... nice woodsy, earthy malt. Bit of hops there on the end. Liked this one a lot.
Indra (2693) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - APR 7, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle, 2006 vintage. Fragrant aroma, strongly scented with oak and
caramelized malt sweetness, combined with touches of vanilla, toffee, and
doughy, estery yeast, and featuring background hints of orange peel,
cherry, earth and leafy hop spice. Vibrant medium-dark copper color,
mostly clear, with a lasting, fine head and lacing to match. Flavor profile is also rife with tannic oak character throughout, along with a powerful, toasty, sugary maltiness, a substantial spicy, fruity and bitter hop presence, warming, peppery alcohol and tinges of almond, dried flowers, raisin and candy apple. Substantial, sticky mouthfeel with a plentiful body. Enjoyable.
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 31, 2007
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Pours a brown color with a white head. Aroma is of malty with some diacetyl. Flavor is malty with some wood and a hint of diacetyl.
theisti (3414) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - MAR 28, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Tasted at Schlafly tasting at the Lukas KCMO wine bar. Nice barley wine. Aroma is sugary with a bit of the oak coming through. Taste is a bit more alcohol than I would like. Barley wine is good, though not as much body as I would like. I am also aging a bottle of this, hoping that helps.
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAR 24, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Deep caramel, large rocky off-white head, clumps of lacing. † Nose of maple syrup, caramel, candied orange peel, walnuts, vanilla, and bourbon. † A bit more simple on the tongue, warming bourbon, some alcohol is noticeable. † Also subtle elements of candied orange peel, grapefruit, and walnuts. † Slightly astringent, a little green, and definitely hot. † Body and mouthfeel are fairly moderate, just not enough malt backing for this big boy. † Lingering citrus peel, cookie dough, and young bourbon. † Tiz fairly good, but needs some time to settle down. † Young, immature, and likely not big enough to carry for more than a few years. † Could also stand to be a bit maltier. † Still enjoyable tho. † Thanks John for this one!
nolankowal (937) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 21, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared at the Columbus Tasting V: Orange/amber pour with a small off white head. Aroma of toffee, booze, candied fruits, and caramel malt came through with some light oak elements. Flavor was a bit hot...booze, toffe, caremel malt and a bit of red pepper. Hot and spicy mouthfeel...full body with a boozey hot finish. Nice attempt, but the execution is a bit muddled...too hot to feel any sort of balance.
vyvvy (4557) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - MAR 14, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thankfully the clerk at the local shop let me know she thought this was much better close to room temperature. I hadnít heard the best about this one, but was presently surprised. Pours deep bronze / caramel with a beige head. The aroma is quite sweet with breadiness, biscuit, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, chestnet, passion fruit, red grapes and a hint of oak. Full body with a moderate amount of carbonation. The flavor starts with lots of biscuit, heavy sweet malt, some oak that seems more nutty than oaky, roasted toffee and some alcohol warmth. The finish adds maple syrup and more oakiness. This was a pleasant surprise. The Missouri brewers seem to be stepping it up lately. Now Iím getting psyched about the Boulevard 750s due out later this year.
sethdude (704) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 11, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours copper-brown, massive head that dies slowly, no lacing. Aroma is big brown sugar, woody notes, sharp alcohol, and a lemony note. Flavor is smooth compared to the fresh, un-casked version of this beer. The sharp hops have mellowed down. Starts out sweet, maple syrup, brown sugar, transitions to real woody tones, sharp hops, grassy notes, and one of the longest finishes Iíve ever experienced: brief smoke, tobacco, and an extended fig flavor for minutes afterwards. Definitely buying more to lay down for a while.
smhncabot (310) - Cabot, Arkansas, USA - FEB 12, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
had this a few times already but most recent is best. aroma is florat, strong caramel, vanilla, and notes of fruitiness. quite nice. taste is sort of candied sweetness. it has caramel, vanilla, and this smooth bourbon tastes similar to a good sipping whiskey. finishes with a wodsy dry bitterness with notes floral character in there.
Pailhead (5438) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - FEB 10, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle: Courtesy of Styles. The aroma is somewhat weak for a Barley Wine. Light notes of caramel, fruit, and alcohol. It pours a transparent amber with a minimal beige head. The flavor starts with caramel, vanilla, and some faint bitter chocolate. The finish has some subtle alcohol notes and light oak. The alcohol increases a touch as it warms.