jewedekind (450) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 10, 2004
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sweet aroma of overripe fruit, raisins and abundant esters. Nice reddish white head that continues until the last sip. Color is cloudy (sediment from bottle fermentation) red brown. Huge taste of molasses, raisins and brandy. Lots of bitterness that is very well balanced. Beer is first creamy, then sharp, then an array of other estery flavors. Super beer for the long winters up north. Would love to try it on tap.
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - OCT 26, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer pours a very solid cloudy brown color with a thin but long lasting tan and brown head which left significant amounts of lacing on my glass. The aroma is strong and slightly alcoholic with hints of caramel, candy sugar, malt, chocolate, roasts, coffee bean, wood and mahogany, some spices...ginger and cinnamon. The flavor is full bodied, alcoholic, warming and thick. Caramel and chocolate bodied, it nearly tastes oak aged. This bottle was aged for nearly 14 months, so it could definitely go longer! Heavily malty leading to a subtle bitter/dry finish! Brandy-like aroma and finish...you can taste the heavy chocolate and caramel malts...carbonation is light..sweetness is long lasting...some coffee bean in the finish...smooth and pleasant..an excellent beer and Im glad I have more cellared.
jimhilt (2552) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 17, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours with a four-finger light brown head that fades slowly leaving gobs of lace. Cloudy amber color with a bunch of chunky bits. Light-medium carbonation. Nose is malty. Full bodied. Starts smooth and sweet, Finishing with a slight bitterness and some alcohol overtones. $2.49 for a 12oz bottle from Liquor Barn Lexington, KY.
Pailhead (6385) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - OCT 15, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 23, 2005 Bottle: Strong caramel aroma. Light banana bread in this barley wine too. Pours a very dark amber, almost a dark brown. Lots of sediment when held to the light. Decent off-white head with fair retention. Nice lacing. Strong caramel flavor. Light banana bread flavor as well. Hoppy finish with some alcohol detectable. A touch of coffee in the finishl. Moderate to slightly above moderate hoppy aftertaste. Excellent beer.
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 14, 2004
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 15, 2005 Burgundy. Rich, deep aroma of lava flowing slghtly burnt caramel, chocolate, plums, red apples and cinnamon, possibly. Succulent, coating, full bodied, numbing malt flavor with notes of deep caramel, plums and red apples. The finish is long, lingering and finishes with a lingering brandy sweetness. Chewy. Phenomenal.
jcanj (23) - Michigan, USA - OCT 13, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
While this beer is good "fresh" I much more enjoyed it after it aged for a while. Good lookeing beer that is really deep color. A nice malty flavor with come fruits. Not a big head but nice lacing of the glass. Very much worth picking up a pack and forget about it for a few months and then you will have one of the best Barley wines I know of.
redmosquito (172) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - OCT 7, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Reddish amber with an off white head. The tiny bubbles leave a decent amount of lace. This is a warmng beer indeed. Aroma starts of with a wine like scent that gives way to woody malt, as it warms it picks up a nutty aroma as well. The flavor starts out with a burst of bitterness followed by nutty, toasted, toffee malt. There isn’t much hop flavor but you don’t miss it with the malt complexity. It has a nice lingering warm mouthfeel. This is definitely one of Kalamazoo’s shining stars, and a great example of what craft beer can achieve.
invalid (302) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 29, 2004
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a nice deep ruby color, small head. Smells amazing: sweet caramels, some vanilla. Initial flavor is strong alcohol and hops followed by sweet caramel and vanilla.
tiggmtl (4544) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 27, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dough-like yeasty, malty aroma with some fruity (prune/plum/raisin) tones. Opaque brown with thin, large-bubbled, tan head that lasts nicely. Malty sweet at first proceeds to a light roastiness with plenty of orange-citrus-pine hop character and a strong and lasting bitterness. Hops flavour becomes more and more apparent as it warms yet large malt base balances well. Creamy, smooth palate and moderately full body. Bottle enjoyed with MartinT and Rastacouere.
Rastacouere (6174) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 26, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep brown, nice beige 1cm foam, mostly lasting, sticky. Subtle yeasty aroma. Good hop and malt balance. Complex toffee and caramel cookies interplay. Everything happens when taking a sip though. Incredibly tasty, intense dryness, herbal, grassy, biscuity (graham flour). Huge green pine bitterness. Intense centennial (and more) citric side (orange, grapefruit). Decadent creamy texture, very smooth despite the high carbonation. Big multi-faceted barley wine.