Goldorak (439) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 10, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
After 4 consecutive "turkeys" at the FantŰmes and more! tasting, somebody finally popped open this bad boy (or should I say, bad girl from the label)
Opaque ruby red, with a light grey head.
Whowza! Like getting smacked in the face by a pine branch with hops duck-taped on it, it was totally woodsy, then turned minty fresh, then it was more like cranberries and strawberries macerated in eau-de-vie. The hops just snapped. I must have smelled it for at least 3 minutes before taking my first sip.
A body so huge I could have just stuck a fork in it and lick it. It knocks you out with a 3-punch combo of massive caramel malt, hop bitterness you feel all the way into the nerve endings of your teeth and a and alcoholic vapor that gets you right in the chest. This is for fans of extra-large Beers, but it is pretty balanced, if in an over-the-top, super-size-me American kind of way. I think my tongue turned white from the dry astringency of the hops. A fun experiment!
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 8, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours with a crystal clear, deep amber body topped by a medium thick head with some lacing. Itís slightly sweet and malty wit a nice grapefruity hop note, a touch of pineapple, especially in the nose, and a slight undertone of caramel. This is an amazing Barley Wine. Full bodied, warming and a touch dry.
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - NOV 8, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Golden ruby amber color, interesting looking, medium off white head. Abundant everything, massive sweet malt, massive bitter hops, massive alcohol. It is surprisingly well-balance considering how big all of it is. Itís just too much though, the malt is too sweet, the hops are too bitter, and the alcohol drinks like itís 40% instead of 10%. This is not an easy beer to drink at all. This need years in the cellar for it to be approachable. After some years in the cellar I can imagine it living up to its reputation, but as it is young, no way.
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - NOV 7, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Fuck,it is like some crazy mad botanist grafted an apricot tree to a hop vine an
this is the juice that was squeezed from the resulting fruit.More hoppy than any Barley Wine ever thought about being. Can the taste live up to the aromas?? It is a crazy BW that is for sure. Hoppy,fruity, and rich in candy-like toffee..Raw and rich in flavor.Yeah,it needs a little rest in a cool dark cellar,but it is still damn tasty.
Rastacouere (6106) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 6, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sorrowfully totally clear amber-orange pour atop which an initially honest off-white cover fades at a constant rhythm. Expressive aroma firstly disarming you through a blast of floral, piney, sprucey aromatic amarillos. The underlying malt is not to be neglected, highly candyish, like concentrated Jolly Rancher juice. Tons of residual sugar components, yet well developed fruitiness, rich with melon and perfumed berry notes. Quite boozy in mouth, if not necessarily harshly so thanks to the cognac-like nature of the alcohol, reminding of a concentrated wine. Thus very sweet and fittingly very hoppy, foresty, fruity, woody and throath-coating. Very malty spirit is betrayed by a rather syrupy palate, certainly fruity and alcoholic, but also rather oily and slick even, the carbonation being restrained to say the least. Far from a favourite among barleywines, just not very mature nor sagacious, it remains an experiment worth seeking out.
MullMan (1099) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 6, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
been waiting for this one for about 2 years, like a lot of other folks. graciously shared by JimMack. ruby copper color & clear. head is foamy, light off white color. aroma is strong hop and pine resin. flavor starts hoppy then goes to a strong caramel malt, and some whiskey-like heat. young yes, but sheís already got a lot of weight in her build! Thanks JimMack!
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - NOV 3, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Devilís night at Mullmans. 22oz bomber thanks to JIm. Pours a clear amber with almost no head. Lots of amarillo and cascade hops in the aroma just like dreadnaught, and robert the bruce. Thick sweet caramel malt aroma and flavor throughout. Light piney bitterness in the end. A bit overhyped, but still damn good.
jimmack (1222) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - NOV 1, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 16, 2007 Devilís Night At Mullmanís. 22oz. bomber. Nice clear reddish/copper color with a small beige head. Nice citrus and pine hop aroma(amarillo?) with some sweet malt. Sweet malty, caramel flavor that is balanced out by the big hop presence. Very nice fresh, I wonder how this beer will age? Probably pretty damn well.
zug4abby (287) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 1, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks sick_boy282!! I have been awaiting a tasting of this! Pours a rich amber color with virtually no head and no lacing. Aroma is rich and warm with hints of roastiness and fruit, specifically a lot of pineapple. Flavor is very complex and rich and includes spice and sweetness in perfect balance. I also got some roastiness in the aftertaste. One of my favorite barleywines Iíve ever had. So complex and still so enjoyable.
Frank (2309) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 31, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Not as big as I thought. For some reason, I expected this to be something like fifteen percent alcohol. Iím not dissapointed as this is a fine brew but I just have this idea in my head of Three Floyds cooking up beautiful brutality to such an extent it boggles the mind.
Carefully poured, this is a crystal clear deep ruby brew--just a bit of head that wanes somewhat quickly as I generally expect in such a high gravity brew. The nose here is very interesting; underneath the expected layers of pine, citrus and kind bud is sort of a roasty, savory, slightly salty note, in a strange way reminiscent of roasted meat. I canít explain it but itís there. Not as full bodied as I expected but w/ lively carbonation and a nice sweet citrus taste to compliment some more pine notes. Alcohol is very there but not at all unpleasant, a very refined ethanol kind of taste that provides a dry counterpoint to the malt sweetness. Iím finding this suprisingly quaffable given the sheer tonnage of ingredients that undoubtedly went into this. Iím not sure if this is worth the million gazillion dollars I paid for it but I enjoy it nonetheless and thatís what counts when the day is done.