Enniskillen (2045) - Salinas, California, USA - MAR 24, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Not as bad as the ratings dictate, but it does have a rum like alcoholic taste to it. Plenty of caramel, and dried fruits to it, along with the alcohol. The aroma is pretty standard issue as far as barleywines go, sweet, crystal malts, faded hops, and alcohol.
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - MAR 23, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle pours orange/amber w/ a thin white head. Weird, malt liquor-ish alcohol flavor. Piney, sweet malty flavor w/ weird alcohol finish.
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 16, 2006
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottled. Transparent honey amber pour with a very thin ring of white head. Almost sappy looking, bubbling appearance. Strong aroma of honey and candied toffee with a whiff of hops and Werther’s Original candy. Intial flavor is of hoppy bitterness, but the sweet candied notes follow through soon after. Way too much hot, cheap alcohol on the finish. This tastes like it has been spiked with a Jim Beam and Captain Morgan blend.. Horrible. The longer I sip, the worse the alcohol heat gets. Acceptable aroma, but the texture is too thin with far too much booziness on the palate.
Sickboy282 (1114) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 14, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a clear amber hue with a halo of a tan head. Aromas of citrus, a little rye whisky, and a substantial alcohol nose. Mouthfeel medium/light bodied with a nice hop bitterness. Flaovrs with hints of citrus/ floral, a litle caramel, and clean sharp finish with a light lingering sweetness. Almost more of a double IPA than a barleywine.
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - MAR 14, 2006
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a lite-med. copper with a thin lacy head. Aroma is green apples with lite citrus hops and a toffee maltiness. The body is somewhat thin and shows the signs of lots of sugar. The flavor is very green and harsh with some caramel maltiness and resinous hops. The finish is dry and overly hot. This might benefit from some aging and bottle conditioning but is still going to lack the body of a great barleywine. Boozy and unbalanced. One of the poorer barleywines I have had.
dhlesq (233) - Thousand Oaks, California, USA - MAR 4, 2006
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
2006-Aroma of floral hops and grapes. Appears a crystal clear reddish-orange hue some slow effervescence of small bubbles, and with little or no head. Flavor is intensely, overpoweringly hoppy, with a huge thick malt base that tastes of caramel; this beer could potentially require years to settle down and meld but right now it is assaulting. Palate is thick and syrupy. Overall, this beer may be stupendous in years to come, but right now it is not great.
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 28, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz. bottle. Deep orange-red with a small tan head. Syrupy malt, apple juice, and some alcohol in the aroma. Rich malt, caramel, brown sugar flavors. Residual sweetness, some alcohol heat, and a pantina of resinous hops in the finish. Mouthfeel is heavy, fairly chewy.
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 27, 2006
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear mahogany pour with no head. Aroma is sweet with some hops. Thick mouthfeel. Taste is sweet with a lot of hops. The bleeds over into the Imperial IPA style, but with a lot of malt. Alcohol bite kind of hits you in the end, but is well masked. Nice beer, no matter what category its in.
mjg74 (2950) - La Mesa, California, USA - FEB 25, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2006 bottle. Pours a medium amber/ruby color. Sweet hoppy aroma. Some malt and some candy sugar. Flavor is sweet and malty right up front with a bitter hoppy bite. Finish is rather bitter, with a slight alcohol flavor. Fairly thick mouthfeel. Very full of flavor and quite hoppy.
bb (8122) - Alamo, California, USA - FEB 22, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Ruby beer with no real head. Clean, fresh malt flavor. Low malt aroma. Clean and finishes easy. Some orange-citrus flavor, but nothing too special. Hides alcohol well.