IslandHaole (1228) - Mililani, Hawaii, USA - FEB 19, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A dark magenta hue with a small creamy beige head. Very rich & malty with some caramel, fruit and floral notes as well. Vinous & earthy but very sweet. Thick nectar with a nice warming follow. A sweet aftertaste with alcohol and just a bit of floral hop bitterness. A very luxurious creamy feel coats your mouth. A nice snowy evening sipper. Thanks Belle!
shanekrout (7) - York, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 4, 2005 does not count
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
At first pour, this beer is quite unassuming. You are soon in for a treat! The beer appears deep red with a nice creamy head. Aroma is a quite strong and malty. Flavor is exemplary of the barley wine style being warmly strong, maltly, and alcoholic. Finishes sweetly. Name says it all!
asheft (2968) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 18, 2005
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear reddish copper, with a quickly dissipating fog covering that becomes a wispy sheet. Gummi-worm aroma with fruit candy and subtle spicy hops. Very sweet and aromatic flavour dominated by grape and candy with a little bitterness. Medium body with adequate carbonation.
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 (6557) - 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 (12717) - 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.