kramer (5499) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 16, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle, via Boboski. Pours a completely clear dark copper under a small tight bubbled beige head that fell to a whispy covering. The nose is quite sweet, and reminds me of cotton candy when you get past the moderate piney hops. A little light alcohol. Flavor has way too much sugary sweetness from front to back. The minimal bitterness towards the finish falls way short of balancing this out. The alcohol is very well hidden for being 11% at least. Mouthfeel is full bodied, fairly thick in texture, but not especially sticky or cloying in texture for how sweet it is. Carbonation is moderate and a little fizzy. Canít say that I really cared for this one too much. There doesnít seem to be a whole lot of complexity.
mhelgason (495) - Salem, Oregon, USA - MAR 11, 2007
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Off-white fizzy average head (mostly dissapated). Cola like coloring but with slightly more red. Good lacing. Aroma of vanilla, cloves. dark fruit, and honey-sweeter than expected. Flavor adds to the aromas mentioned with a slight mediciny(sp?), cough syrup flavor. This flavor subsides some as i con tinue to consume. Light to medium bodied. Watery textured. Medium duration on finish. Hmm? This is not bad but not exactly good. After trying the imperial stout, I expected more from this barley wine.
BleacherBum (177) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - MAR 9, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 28, 2007 Re-rate. Had this 6 months later. Aroma is of malt, yeast, carmel and very light hops. Flavor upfront is of candy, dark fruit, spice, toffee, and some hop. The alcohol has really backed off already. Not as astringent as before. The malt is still very big here, but the neutralization of the alcohol has brought out the complexity that exists in this beer. Still very sweet. One is more than enough. There is some oxidation here, but not enough to be offensive. This is a nicely done barleywine.
Schroppfy (2360) - Łůdż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - MAR 8, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
So Iím sitting here in Argo0ís house and heís giving me royal crap about not rating recently. Hmm. OK, here goes...
This is a funky smelling beer. Exceptionally fruity aromas of mango and papaya, nearly overripe peach. Very sweet toffee flavors intermingle with herbal bitterness and tobacco. Almost fatiguingly sweet, but still mesmerizing. Full-bodied and slick. Good.
argo0 (12496) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 8, 2007
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(12oz bottle, thanks wilkie) Crystal clear copper body with small beige head. Aroma is moderately sweet, cherry, mango, caramel. Taste is sweet, cherry, peach, toffee, earthy, some alcohol warming. Sticky medium-full body. Unusual, but not sure I fully embrace what they do here.
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 5, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sprtizy fruit and chocolate aroma,setlles to a grain ,caramel and colaaroma, taste is pretty much dominated by sharp fruit esters with spiced alcohol,and hop bitterness,tastey enough,but the harshness detracts a little
aracauna (3317) - Georgia, USA - FEB 28, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This is a very malty barleywine, but still has a hoppy nose. Tons of nuts in the aroma and the hops have a distinctly minty quality. The body is sweet and sticky. Pours a clear reddish brown with a large, long-lasting head.
1FastSTi (3357) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 27, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks Jason. BB 12/2007. The beer pours to a deep amber/red body with a yellowish tan head. The beer has a nice lacing in a snifter. The aroma is sweet Turbinado sugar, brown sugar, and strawberry hops. Itís clean, aromatic and good. The flavor is malty with lots of sweet residual sugars. Sweet substantial palate that lingers. A decent barleywine.
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 27, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Ruby/rust clear body. Small frothy tan head. Sweet malty aroma with light C-hops in the background. Sweet watery caramel malt, light hops again in the flavor. Almost a slight sour fruit (like blueberry) thing in the background. Sweetness settles down a bit with some oxidation, adds a adjuncty sweetness to it. Okay beer.
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - FEB 27, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle as a bonus from JCapriotti, thanks Jason! Notched @ 12/07 as the Best By date. Pours a clear orange brown with a two finger slowly fading beige head. Up front aroma is kind of Belgiany yeast and candy sugar--strange--, some herbal and light citrus hops, caramel and some alcohol. Flavor has soft piney and herbal hops up front, toffee and a bit of the same Belgian character from before with a bit of spice, and I can taste the alcohol, but not really feel it. Lightly bittersweet finish. Burps plastic. Light carbonation with a medium body. Not too bad, but not what I was expecting at all, and not very BWish.