jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - FEB 10, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Dough77 for this one. You know how some barleywines (mostly English) have a really salty aftertaste? We’ll, this beer has a really salty aftertaste. I expected more malt and hops and I was let down. Don’t get me wrong, this is a good beer, but worthy of 100%?
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - FEB 10, 2006
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Big thanks to Tchrome for sharing a bottle of this with me and to Ray for sending me a couple of bottles! Big sweet PNW nose. Dark ruby red nose with no head. Taste-What? Ginger and cinammon in a barleywine? Medium-high sweetness, honey, molasses, black pepper, pine, maple syrup. Very sticky mouthfeel.
Firemoose15 (567) - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 30, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
At yeha and my homie RLB. Aroma citric hops and caramel and slight fruit as well. Poured a nice carmel type color. Flavor was just great, the aroma leads you to believe your gonna get creamed by the hops but the caramel malts balance well with the hops leaving with just a tinge of sugar. Palate was nice, had a nice warming fullness to appreciate. Overall this was just damn yummy!!
Probiere (992) - Iowa, USA - JAN 29, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bubblegum, sticky aftertaste of raisins and pecans, and definite (*sigh*) grapefruit. The malt does a nice job of staying solidly caramel in the background while letting the foreground play with gentle multi-fruit sweetness and a lot of hop acidity. Alcohol warming but not burning. In the end, a lot to like, but too hoppy and the malts were almost too....bright...for this to taste balanced. Some darker caramel/chocolate richness might have sold me.
mkgrenwel (598) - North Shore, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 26, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Big thank you to Sliffy for a bottle of this. Super hoppy. Cirtus, pine and some othe fruits like strawberry. Not exceptionally bitter. Balanced well with the malt. Malt gives some sweetness and other typical berleywine fruit flavors like plum and raisin. Smooth, buttery mouthfeel. The only flaw here is a bit too much of a buttery/butterscotch flavor that comes out more as it warms. I preferred it when it was colder and the hops were stronger. Still, a great beer.
puzzl (3254) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 20, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2007 Huge, grapefruit aroma, very citrusy, not much else, though assertive and yummy. Pours with a tiny little fizzy head (not as creamy as the label makes you think), dark brown. Taste has lots of sweet caramelly malts with a delicious hop kick... not very bitter but still hoppy. Alcohol is not well hidden at all, though palate is still creamy goodness.
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - JAN 15, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2007 Thanks Duane. This was aved for my big 1000. Thick ruby color, very thick pour, small beige head. Aroma of caramel, sticky citrus grapefruit pine. Taste was very good. Caramel and roasted malts under some hops. Fruit mixed in. Hops through and through. Excellent ! I want more.
tjthresh (1867) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - JAN 14, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 4, 2007 3 Jul 2007. 22 ounce bottle. 2005 vintage.
I really had a pretty big Three Floyds bias back in the day. This beer is damn hot. Lots of alcohol. The the great hop character is still there. Still a nice looking beer. Just not as good as I once though.
1 Jan 2006. 22 ounce bottle. 2005 vintage. 10/5/10/5/19
Served in a snifter. Pour like maple syrup, with a quickly vanishing beige head. Crystal clear. Aromas of sticky maple, chewy caramel, pungant citrusy hops, and nose hair singing alcohol. Tons of caramel with some hidden cherry notes. The hop character is nothing like I imagined it would be, and that is a good thing. Plenty bitter, and the flavor and aroma are just enought to let you know they are there. I’m brewing a barleywine tomorrow. This is what I hope to make.
cherr (162) - Rochester, New York, USA - JAN 14, 2006
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
I had the 2001 version on tap at the brewpub and have had the 2005 version out of a bottle. Both pour thick with a nice thin head. There is an amber hue and the smell is mixed malt/ sweet cherries. The taste has a nice hop backbone.
Suttree (5393) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 14, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Cloudy ruby colored, smallish but dense tan head. Great aroma - fruity, oaky, with notes of wine, cherries, even a bit of banana, plus some citrus, smoke, and other hop aromas. Thick and syrupy. Malty at first, then very hoppy. Caramel, toffee, molasses all blend with a huge hop profile - oak, pine, grapeguit, and dirt (in a good way). Big thanks to Jcapriotti for the trade!