harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - MAY 30, 2006
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Wonderfully aromatic, floral and piney, some roasewater. Flavor is strongly matly with some herbal grassy hops sneaking in the background. Does not taste like a barleywine, more like a california style strong ale, cookie dough, donut like maltiness, cinnamon spiciness. Finishes somewhat unbalanced.
hopscotch (9996) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 28, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle... Clear, copper ale with a small, creamy, enamel head. Vineous, malty aroma with lots of toffee, tropical fruit and a touch of evergreen. The flavor possesses great balance of caramel sweetness and herbal bitterness... maybe even leans on the bitter side of balance. Tangy too. Medium to full-bodied with lively carbonation. Finishes medium-bitter and dry. More like an IIPA than a barleywine... Avery Hog Heaven-ish? Thanks go out to zathrus13 for the bottle!
bhensonb (12138) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 26, 2006
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Malty aroma. Deep amber color under halogen. Rough malty flavor - a smooth version of the typically rough American brown ale. Somewhat flat flavor. The malt isnít overwhelming, but the hops just donít come through. Medium sweet mouthfeel. Raisiny, pruney aspects. If it was bottle conditioned, it might age well. Since itís not, it wonít.
redave (165) - squaw valley, California, USA - APR 29, 2006
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle marked 2006 [probably needs to cellar a bit] Dark dark amber, almost brown. NO head, NO lace. Smell very malty. Taste somewhat sour malt and hops present, but iím guessing that several months of lagering will help this rather unmelded taste. Somewhat drinkable now, hoping it will be very drinkabe in 6 months
BBB63 (6394) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - APR 22, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle and served in my GL snifter: Poured a near ruby hue topped by a small ring and excellent lace. Aroma of apple and pear, carmel and toasty malt, piney and herbal hops, clove and pepper, and a hint of booze.
The taste is straight forward, Simple sugar and fruit greets ya followed by spicy and piney hops. A good mix of flavor palate.
A nice beer, not big but oh too drinkable. Mikey likey!
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - APR 21, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Very nice appearance, little carbonation but thatís fine for the style. This was a very good hoppy barleywine, smooth and flavorful with alcohol impact well hidden. Bought some extras for the cellar.
afr0byte (1) - Vermont, USA - APR 21, 2006 does not count
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This beer has a pretty decent appearance. The smell is a decent barley wine malty smell. The hops certainly dominate more than Iíd expect from a barley wine. Certainly this beer would do well with aging, as the hops would lessen. I didnít notice the alcohol kick some have mentioned, but Iím also a scotch drinker.
y0cola (361) - fremont, California, USA - APR 15, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
brown to orange to yellow colour. smells like caramel and bittersweet grapes. afdsasdf
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - APR 15, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Chewy sweet with a hop bite and a serious alcohol kick. Grapefruit and pine mostly, with a syrupy, thick sweetness. Good, but hard to get over that alcohol wallop.
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 13, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle, from BevMo LaJolla. Pours somewhat hazed burnt orangey amber with a small beige head that diminished mostly. Aroma of rich fruity malts, prunes, orange, molasses, clove, alcohol, citrus hops and a bit of maple. Very sweet and malty flavor, (yet balanced with bitter and astringent tastes) more prune, black tea, orange and spice, alcohol, tannic, grapefruit hops and other herby and vegetable notes. Full body, somewhat oily in the mouth and subtle carbonation. Pretty good!