Hangover (1094) - Atlanta, Alabama, USA - JAN 29, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark copper pour with a decent white head. Sweet malty aroma with hoppy floral notes. Surpirisingly hoppy taste... very piney. Nice malty backbone. The huge hoppiness does hide some of the alcohol and this one is definitely a sipper. I think once this one ages a bit the hop bite will tone down a bit. As it stands now, itís still pretty good. Sierra Nevada rarely dissapoints (the exception being their summerfest). Good brew.
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - JAN 28, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tried a bottle of this. Passd it by in years past, before I knew better. Pored a dark amber. I smelled hops and malt. Was swett but had a kick too. Not bad, or should I say pretty good for a masss beer.
verymerrymonk (413) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 28, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2005 bottle: Body is a dark amber, almost mahogany with a tiny off-white head. Aroma is hops and slight citrus. Taste is big, pungent, bitter hops, backed by syrupy, caramel flavors. I underestimated this beer.
RateandPillage (426) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 26, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2005 bottle. Amber red with little head. Sweet, floral, hoppy aroma. Lots of bittering hops in the flavor. Somewhat light and dry. Off balance towards the hops. I bet this will be great in a year or two.
celogan (202) - Oroville, California, USA - JAN 25, 2005
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This bottled release is 2005 Expedition. Poured medium amber color with nice head that shrunk a bit but lingered. Good lacing, decent carbonation. Sweetness from the start and nice fruityness. Slight hoppy finish. A good beer you shoulldnít pass up.
obisbeer (565) - Barcelona, SPAIN - JAN 24, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I canít believe I havenít rated this. Deep amber orange color with a thick off white head. Vanilla and roasted malt show on the nose with some pine and light fruit aromas. Rich mouthfeel with an intial sweetness that gives way to a bitter drying finish. Lots of carmel, vanilla, pine, rich fruit, and more. Really an awesome beer though personally at itís best 3 years out this one is only 1 yr old!
NVBeer232 (467) - Reno, Nevada, USA - JAN 23, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
í03 vintage, sampled on 1/23/05.
Mahogany color topped with a tan head. Sweet aroma, with notes of carmel, cookie dough and a looming bitterness hangs underneath all of it. Very rich flavors. Lots of crystal malt, maple syrup and resiny hops. Lingering bitterness on the finish with a light smokey note. Quite good, but almost too malty/sweet.
Cashazza (217) - Morganville, Maryland, USA - JAN 21, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 6, 2005 I fell in love with this brew/style immediately...Dark reddish brown, malty caramel, and LOTS of HOPS! Okay, I need more...RERATE: now that Iíve had more barleywines, not too fond of the hops in this -- too much grapefruit.
JK (5329) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - JAN 21, 2005
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
í04. Hop aroma. Red. Flavor of hops then sweet syrup. Sweet finish. A hopped barleywine, it would benefit from less bitter flavor.
jtxx (148) - san antonio, Texas, USA - JAN 10, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2007 Imperial IPA is more like it. Hops, Hops and more Hops. Zero Malts. Not really a barley wine.