MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - SEP 19, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz - First brew 2007 - Aroma is very strong. Raisin, prune, molasses, alcohol, brown sugar and sharp hop bitterness. Pours mahogany with a small head and good lacing. Flavor is a bit more "old house" than the aroma but otherwise matches. Palate is sticky with the alcohol there but not overpowering. Mellow, flavorful and tasty.
Silphium (3188) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - SEP 17, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear toffee body, medium cream head, patchy. Aroma of dense, burnt caramels, toffee, toast, and prickly alcohol. Big, faded citrusy hops punch the palate, coating the heavy, burnt caramel and toast malts with a bitter astringency. Basic, not stretching any boundaries. Southern Tier has a distinct yeast strain that leaves a dusty, slightly medicinal characteristic in all of their beers. Sweetness increases as the beer warms. Not bad, but rather plain.
BeerandBlues2 (10616) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 9, 2007
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22-oz bottle received via trade with adam_john. Pours a rubied brown with a spare, fizzy light brown head, mostly diminishing, spare lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (cookie, nutty, caramel), heavy hops (perfume, flowers), average yeast (dough) with notes of brown sugar and pear. Full bodied, gritty texture, lively carbonation and a bitter finish. Average duration, moderate sweetness, acidity and bitterness.
JoeMcPhee (8837) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 8, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bomber. Dark brown brew with a fast-fading white head. Lovely aroma with a sweet rich maltiness. Strong citrus and a biscuit/cookie dough maltiness. Aroma is quite hoppy but this shows good balance as well. Flavour shows sweet toasty/cookie dough maltiness and sweet grapefruity/orange citrus. Light cherry as well. Slight chewy but nowhere near cloying. Surprisingly drinkable for a such a big beer. Rich and sweet with an orange marmalade flavour. Nice smoky caramelized brown sugar on the back behind all the citrus and biscuit. A lovely elegant beer.
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - SEP 2, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Deep ruby, large foamy sand colored head, web like lacing.   Astringent citrus peel and caramel malt aroma.   Notes of biscuits as well.   Pale citrus peel, lighter malts, slight biscuity hints on the tongue.   Does not feel like 10% at all, and at the same time it doesn’t feel malty enough.   The character is mainly the citrus rind and its white bits, with a low malt profile.   Bitterness doesn’t seem to be hop oriented.   Light on the backside, somewhat warming but then again lighter than I would think the 10% suggests.   Either that or this ABV is very well hidden, which it might be.   Moderate to full body, moderate mouthfeel.   Citrus rind rounds out the finish.   Some sweetness, slightly malty, but not as sticky as I would have thought for such a high ABV Barley Wine.   Good, tasty, but not exceptional.   Doesn’t have a lot of hop character, so down the road I don’t know this one would turn out.   For a young Barley Wine its enjoyable, but given time I don’t know that it would get much better.   Just doesn’t seem big enough.   Anyways, enough of my blabbering... I still did enjoy this one simply because it was not brash nor over the top with hops.   I just wanted a bit more malt character to counter the citrus bitterness.   Only time will tell.   Thanks to Jah Noth for hooking me up with another nice Souther Tier brew!
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
clear dark amber, wispy beige head, drops of lace, big sweet dark caramel malt aroma with earthy hops, creamy body, rich dark caramel flavor, sweet dark fruit character, light balancing bitterness adds some balance but lets the sweet fruit dominate, a bit of piney sweetness in the background, light warmth, upon warming the flavors meld really well,
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 17/20
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 29, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Citrus hops, malty nose, deep copper, small toffee head. Strong taste of malts, orangey hops infusion. Full bodied, very well balanced, bitter, too easily drinking for 10%. Terrific!
radiomgb (2466) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 27, 2007
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rich ruby in colour, lingering tan coloured head, some patchy lacing. The aroma is very hoppy, some citrus, quite herbal, some alcohol, caramel sweetness, very fresh. The flavour is very hoppy again, moderate alcohol, light spice, lots of caramel, huge amount of citrus. Rich and chewy mouthfeel, medium/large body, high carbonation. Finishes long, very warm, some citrus. A hot and hoppy barley wine, quite good. It made me more and more thirsty as I drank this. Fantastic aroma, quite smooth.
650ml bottle from the <a
href=http://www.ratebeer.com/Place/new-york target=blank>Premier Gourmet in Buffalo, New York graciously picked up for me by <a
href=http://www.ratebeer.com/ViewUser.asp?U target=blank>IPFreely, many thanks Tim.
Opened on June 22, 2007.
No best before date.
Bockyhorsey (2610) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - AUG 24, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber from Secret Santa. Aroma had a good citrus hiting the nose at first. By middle to finish a dirty dish rag aroma appeared. Amber body with tan head. Flavor was sweet thicker textured carmel malt with some citrus hop. Sweetness lingered on the palate but smooth with alcohol not a factor drickable beer.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - AUG 19, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle sampled on 5/8/07: Pours a transparent dark copper amber with a lightly-lacing, spotty light tan head. Aroma of sweet toasty caramel malt with some earthy, green grapefruity hops. Body starts with nice fullness and sweet caramel malt well balanced with good, fresh grapefuity hops. Finishes bittersweet and crisp, hiding the alcohol well.