beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 17, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pour an amber color with ruby highlights, very thin head. Aroma of gummy bears , caramel and alcohol. Flavor of fruits, gummy bears ,caramel and alcohol. Light body, liquorous texture, soft carbonation. Very average for a barley wine.
BBB63 (6543) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JAN 16, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: I have had a few bottles of this gathering dust in my cellar for some time now, since I just reviewed the "Insanity, the Bourbon Barrel version of this brew", I finally got off my duff and decided to rate this as well. The beer pours a murky brown hue with small but lasting creamy tan head and excellent lacing. The aroma has notes of fig, plum, orange peel, white pepper, clove, aromatic hops, cobweb and earth yeast nature, and noticeable phenols. The taste starts malty and fruity sweet with a big old punch of salty alcohol. The beer displays a earthy quality and some nice bitters upon the finish. The feel is lush and oily, not as smooth or sticky like the Insanity. Overall, the beer doesn’t have the depth of the bourbon barrel version, but I believe it may age better. Can become very "English Like" in about 4-6 years. Can my other bottles wait that long?
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 16, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear reddish brown, small bubbly head. Sweet amlty and clean aroma, mostly caramel with hints of cognac and flowery hops and oranges. Sweet caramely flavour, hints of almond, sweet oranges and alcohol. Full compact body. Chocolate and oranges in the finish, notes of wood and alcohol.
kane (111) - USA - JAN 13, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
A sweet wood coffee toffee aroma. A reddish, slightly hazy appearance. Sweet malt, alcohol taste. A very sweet BW that has a little more alcohol in the aroma nad taste than I like.
richlikebeer (838) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 9, 2005
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Looks nice, dark reddish color, not much in terms of smell. Loads of malt in the aftertaste, with the main flavor very similar to the Merry Monks Ale with some fruit tones and maybe a little bit of roastecd flavor as well. After this, I really want to try Insanity, where the bourbon flavor might take away some of the bitterness.
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - JAN 4, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle. poured abmer/brown with a small fizzy tight head. Sweet malty aroma. Big mouth feel with a solid presence of alcohol. I taste fruit, maybe dates like they mention. There is a pleasant fiz and a following warming, the finish is dry and tart. Nice.
bu11zeye (12616) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JAN 3, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Bottle) Pours a brown body with a small beige head. Aroma of caramel, raisin, and light alcohol. Warm, alcoholic palate. Flavor of alcohol and dark fruits.
JFGrind (1987) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 27, 2004
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2004 Sweet fruit aroma, brick red body and foam lasted the duration of the sample. Medium bodied, alcohol twang greets at the end of every sip. Nice blend of malts. Numerous Blithering Idiot’s could make my soul numb.
lamas (1548) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 22, 2004
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: MAR 14, 2005 Bottle. Pours a pretty pastel red with thick off-white head. Aroma is of sour fruits and hops. Taste is malty and sweet but finishes very bitter. High ABV is VERY noticeable and is the dominant taste. Tastes almost like whiskey. Quite one-dimensional. Hmmmm...maybe this was a bad bottle. It came from a variety case.
LiamPatrick16 (124) - Montgomery, New York, USA - DEC 21, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
no head pours to a amber body. The aroma definatly hits you with the alcohol but there is also fruit scents in there. They do an outstanding job by using the execellent flavors to mask the alcohol. There was chocolate flavors, grape and mabey grapefruit. execellent beer.