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.
waveman352 (178) - Saratoga Springs, New York, USA - DEC 20, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle. Before this beer my only other barley wine I had tried was Brooklynís Monster Ale. I really didnít like the Monster Ale but this barley wine changed my mind. Smells of caramel and obviously a strong alcohol scent like that of wine. Poured a cloudy amber orange. Sweet malty taste with hints of caramela nd chocolate. I have to have more barley wines to compare now but this was a dominate beer.
GoldenSpunky (120) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 16, 2004
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is a damn good barley wine. When I smelled this beer I knew I was in for a treat. The aroma is to die for, so chocolately and sweet yet subtle and sexy. The test didnt let me down with subtle alcoholic flavors combined with outstanding flavors. Very malty but not too sweet. Very Very good barley wine. Goood beer to end the night on!
meathookjones (245) - Sterling, Virginia, USA - DEC 16, 2004
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
What an appropriate name for a barley wine, definitely fits the description of my disposition after too much of the style. This pours out a deep amber color with a tall off white head that quickly collapses to a covering of foam and bubbles. The aroma is filled with the scent of sweet ripe fruit joined by a sharp but not overpowering scent of alcohol. Sweet malts greet the tongue first with fruit flavors and molasses. The finish is a bit tongue numbing with alcohol and slightly sweet. Mouthfeel is full and syrupy will sufficient carbonation. This takes a hit on drinkability from the alcohol taste that numbs my tongue, I dare not have another one or I might not be able to feel my tongue at all. Fresh I donít care too much for it but I will have to age a bottle of this and see how it turns out. If the alcohol mellows this could turn into something much better.
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - DEC 5, 2004
2.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Slob sent me this one-- Thanks dude! A bit sweeter in a saccharin kind of way than I am used to, but still an enjoyable beer. Not one to drink at a party, but good for a cool evening at home.
gsteph (323) - knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 5, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Burnt orange and a little cloudy with a short lived tan head that dwindled to a halo. No lace. All aromas and flavors subdued. Faintly sweet, malty, caramel and alcohol. Malty flavor not too sweet, maybe bananas , caramel. Very little hops to take note of. Warm alcohol and dried fruit finish. This falls short of Old Horizontal, Old Guardian or Old Salty. Flavor is off. Iím not too sure I like things brewed to true European guidelines. No flavor explosion as in other American brewed barley wines. Nothing here jumps out and grabs me.
pobenohne (504) - Northern Liberties, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 5, 2004
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle. Much fonder memories than this most recent experience. Maybe the WB guys need to improve their quality control, or I just happend to catch a poorly stored bottle. Flavors off, kind of skunked, overall, plain old unpleasant.
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - DEC 4, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Amber brown color. Thin off-white head. Aroma is malty and sweet. Some fruity notes. Decent malt with a rather abrupt bitterness that sneaks in. Something a little harsh in flavor with this bitterness. It just doesnít fit. Perhaps with age this would fade. Full bodied and smooth.
Pailhead (6385) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - DEC 2, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Caramel is hands down the dominate aroma of this beer. Very malty. Light fruit, banana bread, and some alcohol. Dark semi-transparent orangish-red with a decent off-white head that lasts a minute or so. Sweet up front. Malty caramel in the beginning with some fruit. Nice bitternes in the finish with a nice alcohol warming effect minus any real alchohol taste. Banana bread makes itís presences known in the finish and aftertaste. Caramel front holds itís own thru the finish and balances rather well with the other flavors. A little more fruity than other barley wines Iíve had. Very nice.
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - DEC 1, 2004
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours brown with red tints with almost no head. Roasted caramel aroma. Caramel taste with a hint of fruit, grape? Taste fades fast to alcohol with a big warming effect. Flavor was lacking for a barley wine and a little to much alcohol in the finish.