BillKismet (3723) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 19, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Red-amber with decent carbonation bubbling up to a frothy top. Little detectable aroma thorughout the drinking experience, though flavor develops with time and air. Well-rounded hoppy flavor that is smoothed out, without any harshness, but countributing a floral and fruity bouquet of flavors. Cherry aroma and flavor develop as does a sweet maltiness. Bubblegum and apple finish.
BrewDad (5324) - Olympia, Washington, USA - FEB 3, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
[22oz Bomber - Bottle Works, Seattle]
A deep reddish borwn color with no head. This was a very simple yet very easy to drink Barley Wine. This did not take you out back and kick your tounges ass. A great beverage and would recommend to anyone. Has some sublte spices and a light oak finish. Good stuff.
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - JAN 11, 2007
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: APR 17, 2007 2006. Pours an uninteresting dark red, cloudy to say the least, with thick beige head. Aroma brings to mind a double IPA with a long stint on the shelf, muffled citric hop character due to full maltiness. Flavor is a too bitter for the backing malts, rendering this beer highly acidic, not too much else going on. Not very good, will not seek this out. The only redeeming quality is a fresh french oak taste in the finish, a component I wish was utilized more often in American barrel-aged barleywines.
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 8, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pour is hazy red with a thin tan head...smell was wood up front for sure with some light malty biscuit notes...taste is sweet straight up at first with some nice molasses and caramel flavors...some bitterness of wood comes out toward the end...nice!
glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 20, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2004 bottle....Slightly cloudy dark red with good head. Slightly hoppy aroma with some malty/toffee flavors. Have to say this is pretty fantastic. Nice hops with a bit of smoke and vanilla/oak. I’d love to pick up a few more old bottles of this, it has aged well. Good thickness. Yum.
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 7, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours brown with a light brown head. Smells of worn out hops, caramel malt and splashes of funk. Taste is lightly hoppy like an older IIPA with some okay malt presence.
AlabastorJones (814) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 6, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
red/brown bosy and a BIG tan head, dizank on all fronts, sweet malt character with a warming dry finish, floral and fruity
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - MAR 18, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2004 Vintage - This was tasty, and very interesting. I like the addition of French Oak, especially when it comes to this style. Give a very soft and sweet addition, with rich hints of vanilla and toasted oaky wood notes. Lots of caramel, and a lighter malt body than I was hoping for, but the addition of the oak, makes it especially interesting.
JoeMcPhee (9169) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 13, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at the 2006 Hard Liver Festival. Vintage 2004. Sticky tan lace over a hazy amber beer. Oaky aroma with loads of soft vanilla notes over a sweet malty backbone. Flavour is very oaky, herbal (dill) flavours and some slightly tannic notes dry up the back end of this otherwise sweet beer. Dominated by oak. Tasty enough, but I don’t know if it would cut it without the oakiness.
5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - FEB 13, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2006 Bottle: Deep caramel, hints of ruby, large light beige head, foamy, nice lacing, loads of sediment on the bottom. Sweet malty character, slight hop on the nose, caramel, pine, a bit of graininess as well. Somewhat astringent graininess on first sip. Not as sweet as the nose suggested. A bit of a metallic taste as well. Predominantly hoppy up front, with a weak malt base for a Barley Wine. Body and mouthfeel aren’t as big or full as I would have liked. This one almost comes across as a slightly over malted IPA. ABV is well hidden at least. Average.