DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - DEC 16, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. bottle. Large billowing light tan head develops from a clear deep ruby brown pour. Fair durability and excellent lace. Pine and citrus over a background of some light grainy malt. Notes of stone fruit, honey, and nuts can be appeciated as well. Full body with a rich mouthfeel and very soft carbonation. Nice balance of caramel sweetness and orange peel bitterness. Somewhat harsh at 55 degrees, but it softens nicely as it warms. If your looking for the big hop statement of most American Barleywines, I think you’ll be disappointed. This is more subtle, and a fine effort from North Carolina’s premier brewer.
505 (271) - Echo Park, California, USA - DEC 13, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice sweet, somewhat citrusy aroma. Pours amberish, small off-white head. What is that TWANG? Hides alcohol, nice plum, grape flavor? Pretty weird, still not sure if I like it or no . . . . must retaste. But nice work. . . .
Bigsilky (327) - Charleston, USA - DEC 12, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Magjyaran, you beat me to the punch every time. I’m having this right now, slightlley chilled in a Reidel Burdgundy glass. The color is absolutely sexy. Rich stained mahoganey color with healthy bubbles and a cafe au lait froth that seems to stick around in the crystal glass, even though it fades to gossamer. The nose, begins with an odd sweetness, almost, dare I say......
Nonetheless, it yields a very modest hop profile that tapers to an apricot honey sweetness. Initially this starts out fruity and honeyed, but rounds out to a bitterness that doesn’t reak of over hopping. Very well balanced. Stone fruit, peaches, plums, and muscat grapes. Very well balanced. The only facet of this beer that doesn’t exude balance to me is the alcohol on the finish. Realeased too soon perhaps? Time will tell. I certainly think the boozey finish will round out in a few months, then, nothing but warming love. Mark my words, this beer will probably be critizized for not being a hop monster. I like it just as well. Where’s my apple tart wench??????
Magjayran (1379) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 12, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a clear medium amber color with very little head. Appears very thick as I swirl it around the glass. Interesting aroma hints at some citrusy hops along with some dark fruits and about as much alcohol as one would expect from a beer this strong. Sweet malty start on the tongue is completely taken over by an odd tanginess. Hints of plum and orange peel. Noticeable alcohol at the finish. A solid beer that might need a little more time to mature.