Oakes (11874) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 24, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 21, 2006 Dark red, hazy. Big, oaky, malty aroma rich with fruits. Soft, sweet, winey, oaky with heavy malts and an alcoholic finish. Rich, dry, a bit boozy. This is a big beer but well-balanced.
Original notes: Hazy amber colour. Earthy, caramelly aroma. Chewy palate, a bit toasty, slightly vinous. Toffeeish, rich, long, with a resiny hop finish. Ar 7, Ap 3, Fl 8, P 4, O 15 = 3.7
bu11zeye (11760) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAR 2, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Bottle) Pours a reddish brown body with a small beige head. Aroma of rich malt, alcohol, spices, and bread. Flavor of hops, malt, and fruitiness with a thin mouthfeel. A somewhat mediocre barley wine.
jcwattsrugger (11004) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - NOV 8, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
on tap-pours a light tan head and copper color. Aroma is medium malt-sweet caramel, cherry/plum. Taste is medium malt-sweet caramel, a bit syrupy cherry/plum, light hops tingle. Easy drinking. OK/mild carbonation.
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
clear dark amber, scant beige head, lightly sweet dark caramel malt aroma with a touch of alcohol, a bit thin, rich dark caramel flavor with lots of earthy bitterness and a touch of tartness, long bitter finish,
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 5/10; Overall: 12/20
bhensonb (10367) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 21, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber from Whidbey Beer Works. Pours dark amber with a foamy beige head. Aroma is like berry fruit over roasted malt. Medium body with foamy carbonation. Within limits it is like a Flemish ale thatís just missed being sour. Itís pretty dry, though there is a sweet hint, and itís hinting at having kissed some oak. Though it hasnít. Itís a pretty good beer, but itís almost like it pretends to greatness. Didnít make it that far. Like it.
hopscotch (8552) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 24, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
BottleÖ Thinkiní ĎBout Thirteen Hours Oí Drinkiní (tew man wrecking crew)Ö Murky, caramel-colored ale with a small, swirling, white head. Caramel and grapefruit are the main attractions in the aroma. Medium to full-bodied with fizzy carbonation. Well-balanced. Moderately acidic. Pungent, then dry finish. Thanks to mgumby10 for sharing the bottle!
hopdog (8529) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 16, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle. Poured a deeper and cloudy amberish/brownish color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of caramel, dark fruits, cherries, some lighter floralness, and some nuts. Tastes of dark fruits, toffee, caramel, lighter citrus, and nuts. Alcohol content hidden.
JoeMcPhee (8216) - 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.
3fourths (7803) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 12, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2012 Hard Liver 2005
Aged in French Oak barrels, 2004 vintage
Very parched and dry palate, something that Iím really impressed with. Very nice toasted flavors, sweet malts and bubblegum hop oils, with a very nice and young oak flavor... awesome. Dries your mouth out like a good wine, and has enough distinction to stand out from the rest. Another highlight of the festival.
MartinT (7549) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 29, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sweet berry candy spiced with orange peel. Peppery wort slowly burgeoning from within.
Grassy hop bitterness and lemony, orange-y hop flavors try to topple the sticky but not-big-enough malt. Candied berries precede the alcohol splash, which isnít that necessary in a barley wine of this size. Perhaps immature, but somehow I feel it couldnít get more complex with time. Maybe just not my kind of barley wine.
Never been a huge fan of simple candy, although I canít deny its interest once in a while.