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. Iíd love to pick up a few more old bottles of this, it has aged well. Good thickness. Yum.
Cletus (6250) - 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 (800) - San Francisco, California, 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 (8053) - 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 donít know if it would cut it without the oakiness.
5000 (5606) - 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 arenít 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.
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - FEB 13, 2006
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle courtesy of Indiana_Red, wohlfs has since surprised me with one. Thanks to the both of you. Dark copper amber with off-white head, fades rather quickly to just film. Big caramel malt and mollasses aroma, dark fruits in background. Flavor is a bit of a let down after the aroma. Faint caramel malt, huge cardboard dryness, alcohol makes itís presence felt. Slightly metallic like character in the finish. Middle of the road BW.
Pailhead (4232) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - JAN 31, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Courtesy of Styles. Malty aroma of molasses, toffee, and slight hints of banana bread. Pours a somewhat transparent orangish-red with a nice off-white head that lasts a minute or so. Molasses, toffee, caramel, and real light hints of banana bread. Finishes with a moderate citrus hop finish. Well balanced, but flavors arenít as big and bold as I expect in a barley wine.
MikeMac (185) - Wyandotte, Michigan, USA - JAN 30, 2006
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
thanks Styles. Pours a ruby brown with a little haze. wih little to no head and not much lacing Aroma was quite boring with the usual and a faint barley earthy smell. Flavor is mild citrus, hops carmel and soy. Quite basic for a barley wine
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 10, 2005
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a deep copper ruby with a nicely-lacing light tan head. Has an artificial almost medicinal candy-hop aroma with some caramel malty character and grapes. Body displays semi-sweet caramel and earthy pine flavor toward a crisp finish. I donít know if itís the particular hop used, but the aroma really put me off. Thanks to MrFacto for sharing.