Brodie (540) - Boone, North Carolina, USA - MAR 18, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hops stand out in the aroma - resiny, piney, and peach-grapefruit citrusy; alcohol is next - peppery and fruity with a slight burn; and lastly there is some caramel malt to provide some balance. Clear ruby-amber color, thin wisps of off-white head linger, but very little head formation or retention overall. Caramel-fruity sweetness overpowered by resiny hop bitterness in the flavor - big flavors all around, with bitterness winning out in the end. Full body, some hop-derived astringency and mild alcohol burn, moderate carbonation - not really easy-drinking, but less harsh than some other barleywines. Overall, this is a big, in-your-face barleywine. Imagine a souped-up car stereo - everything is cranked to the max, the whole car is shaking, but it is high quality system - loud but little distortion. Is it too loud? That’s a matter of personal taste - but this is definietly barleywine cranked to the max.
crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - MAR 16, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a mahogany/ruby red. Big alcohol ride, fruity, dark fruits, raison, pear, grapefruit, still with a hoppy alcohol bite, and ever so slight chocolate and caramel, but still staying hoppy.
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 12, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 30, 2006 Courtesy of Sprinkle
Huge blast of caramel malt and hops in the aroma. Dark amber/brown in color with a lazy pinky thin tan head. Thick luscious caramel malt and brutal bittering, grapefruit laden, hops are the only really flavor notes here. The thickness of the malt is admirable, but if you don’t like huge hops this gets old fast.
RooftopRogue (423) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - MAR 11, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer offers the nose a well developed aroma of hops, barley, caramel, and toffee. It is a mahogany solution that resides under a good almond colored head and leaves heavy lacing on the side of the glass. This heavy beer is sweet and smooth. The flavor is an infusion of hops, barley, and caramel. There is a mild hint of alcohol that can be detected in the aftertaste of hops and caramel.
DewBrewer (295) - Austin, Texas, USA - FEB 19, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz bottle, thanks Walt! Dark amber color with a slight haze. Small head that doesn’t last long. Wonderful hoppy and malty aroma. The sweetness in the flavor mixes well with the bitterness to give you the best type of barleywine. Lots of citrus flavor and aroma plus some resin hops as well. The alcohol is fairly well hidden. Nice carbonation on full-bodied palate. Delicious.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - FEB 19, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle:Clear auburn color, tanish green head, decent lacing. The nose is thick with creamy malts, lots of maple syrup and brown sugar sweetness. The hops are more subdued than the usual barleywine and has some sappy, piney qualities. The flavor isn’t so great and complex, just balanced and creamy and oh so delicious. Very little alcohol and sweet candy hops, very nice. The finish is creamy with a smooth hoppy tial. Dessert or adult beverage, a blend of both. Elegant, easy drinking. Thanks to kramer17801 for this bottle!
LtJudge (468) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 19, 2006
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Brewblackhole shared this bottle with me(thank you!)Poured a wonderfull reddish copper color.Has a fruity/alcholic/malty aroma to it.Upon first sip I was suprised on how smooth the mouthfeel was.It had a great malty/hop flavor with a hint of alcohol flavor,I was waiting for that huge biitter finish like alot of these higher alcohol brerws have,but to my suprise,it wasnt there.Just wonderfuly smooth all the way through!
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 19, 2006
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Thanks to a guardian angel for this bottle. Aroma was complex malt, and dark fruit with less hop than I thought I would whiff. Ruby red, brownish color was enticing. The first and second tastes were magical. I shared this bottle with three others and as we took our initial sips, there was a stunned silence in the group, and then a simultaeneous "WOW" . An absolutely perfect combination of rich malt, carmel vanilla, mollasses, all riding a smooth velvet texture down your throat. The aftertaste was so wonderful ,you had to snap yourself out of a dream state,to go for you next sip. If that aroma had been a little more intense, this would be a 20. A new standard has been set.
IndianaRed (3661) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 17, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle poured a fairly clear auburn, mahogany with a small off white head. Only traces of lacing. Aromas of deep malts and hops that were not overpowering but seemed to compliment eachother well. Flavors were smooth dark maltiness with some soft fruitiness and hops that balanced well and did not leave much bitter aftertaste. Nice smooth heavy feel, and fairly lively carbonation. Thanks to Buck Dich for sharing this from his recent trade.
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - FEB 12, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz. bomber thanks to magicbill: Cherry amber color with a small off white head. Honey sweet, fruity aroma (orange and cherry). Flavor starts rich and sweet followed by some cherry flavor and ending with a soft orange rind bitterness. Full body with a creamy texture and soft carbonation. 10.5% ABV well hidden.