sethdude (706) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 7, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JAN 28, 2006 2005: Pours a lighter color than most in the style, not hazy at all. A deep cola color. Thick, pillowy head leaves great lacing. Aroma is more like an IPA than anything else. Flavor is sweet molasses, then very hoppy, some alcohol notes, a strong bitterness. "Bittersweet" is an excellent descriptor for this beer. Very excellent.
Aged 1 year (opened 01/28/06) this beer has changed slightly, though hops are still very distinctive and stong for the style. Pour has a bit of yeast flocculation and a slight haze when swirled. Aroma is still primarily hoppy, but has taken on a slightly darker profile, much like an older wine. Flavor has done the same, a mild port-like flavor rides underneath the hops, but the finish remains long, dry, and bitter. Probably needs to lay down a little longer to really hit itís stride. Alcohol burn seems more pronounced.
darkstar (69) - Eureka, Missouri, USA - FEB 6, 2005
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very similar smell to Bellís Two Hearted Ale. Floral with grapefruit. Suprised how nice the head was. Very satisfied with the taste which was grapefruit, lemons, with a heavy malty taste. Pretty good stuff.
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - FEB 6, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear and amber in color with a loose head. Aroma of hops and caramel, fruit and alcohol. Good body and hop flavor with a strong but pleasant bitter finish. Very well balanced for such a huge ale. Consistantly one the best barlywines out there.
BeerAteHer (384) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - FEB 5, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Intense floral-hoppy aroma, lots of violet in there. Pours a rich head (rather unique for this style) with quite a duration. Flavor doesnít reflect the style well -- tries too hard, starts off mixing the malt and hops somewhat well but becomes like grapefruit juice sweetened with sucrose syrup. The finish is great, rather intensely bitter. Another strong point of this beer is that it isnít too highly carbonated like some of its competitors.
PWalk (337) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 4, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On Tap: Aged 2 years and worth the wait. Malty goodness surrounded with just the right amount of hops makes for a very enjoyable brew.
irishsnake (355) - Oakland, California, USA - FEB 4, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
pours a dense amber-ish/red, with a big insistent that laces super-good. nose is hoppier than most double IPAís, with strong pine and citric notes. the malt is also there, providing a strong backing of sweet caramel. flavor is intense-a heavily dry-hopped malt bomb-every flavor is really big. balance is superb, and beer is remarkably drinkable for its size.
Ray1975 (251) - Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, USA - FEB 2, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
My first Barleywine.. 2005 vintage bottle. Pours an amber/orange color with a small head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is of Grapefruit, Orange and a floral arrangement. This hits you right off with the hops flavor and moves to a malty sweetness and then to a bitter end that has a good alcohol taste. This is truly a great beer. I will definitely be finding other barleywines to sample in the near future..
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JAN 31, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
One of the best looking Barley wines. Great deep amber with a slight haze. Great long lasting moderate head that has fine lacing and a wierd creamy oily head. Aroma is intense. A very harsch citrusy and piney hop aroma at first but then right after that comes the huge malt backbone. Good crystal malt sweetness in the flavor as well. Full bodied. THis was the 2004 vintage so it is a little new but it does much better than the old horizontal when it is new.
Gooner8110 (17) - Michigan, USA - JAN 30, 2005
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
Definately AGE this beast. I picked up the 2004 last year and set it aside, and tried it side by side with the 2005, and for only ONE year, what a difference! So much more malt to the í04, thus a lot smoother. Not Iím motivated to keep it for multiple years.
brewshthereen (316) - Oregon, USA - JAN 30, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Why havenít I rated this treasure yet? Most delectable and delicious. Malty rich, chewy goodness. A fine brew indeed. If you can find it, buy it!