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 doesn’t fit. Perhaps with age this would fade. Full bodied and smooth.
Pailhead (6427) - 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 it’s presences known in the finish and aftertaste. Caramel front holds it’s own thru the finish and balances rather well with the other flavors. A little more fruity than other barley wines I’ve 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.
chandernagor (39) - Oak Park, Illinois, USA - NOV 27, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brown and cloudy with a short-lived tan head. Aroma is very fruity (ripe bananas, raisin) with hints of leather and toffee. Flavor is fruity as well, more on the "white" fruit side though (peach, apricot), starts with a winey taste. Some vanilla and caramel, as well as some hops (but not too much, mainly grapefruit taste), and finally alcohol on the finish. Creamy mouthfeel and dry finish.
joeec5 (204) - bayonne, New Jersey, USA - NOV 20, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2005 On tap at blind tiger...aroma and flavor of dark fruits.finish hoppy with alcohol noticeable...Sweet but dry enough to thoroughly enjoy. THis was much better than i remember it being in a bottle. Ill have to get a bottle to compare to the draft version. Update,tried a few bottles of this and had it tapped elsewhere. Not nearly as good as the blind tiger tap, not sure why. this was a 4.3 originally for me, knocking it down quite a bit now.
Crockett (1093) - Southampton, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 31, 2004
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear brown amber with a little slick head. Smells like butter tarts and brandy. Quite a similar flavour to DFH Raison D’etre. Raisin, salt, brown sugar, molases. Raspberry, butterscotch. Toasty brown bread malt. A bit of grapefruit hop, earth, oak. Decent stuff.
pjk33 (390) - Sligo - Curllsville Heights, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 25, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Dark and cloudy, walnut colored with no head to speak of. Nose is sweet with strong malty and toffee aroma. Sweet and tangy flavor, strong as hell with an almost oak taste which shows up on the back of the tongue. Creamy and full, full, full bodied with very evident alcohol burn - solidly full and biting. Pretty nice.
Loddeer (171) - USA - OCT 15, 2004
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
The initial impression was good, looked and smelled like a formidable barleywine. The overall experience was less than expected. The flavor starts off with strong grape and wine overtones, then dimishes into an inconsistent alcoholic disaster at the end of each sip. Okay.
desurfer (1290) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - OCT 15, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a reddish-mahogany with chunks of foam floating about. Aroma is highly assertive and malty, some sweetness and no bitterness. Flavor has little carbonation, so this beer is straightforward and syrupy sweet. Very malty, with some caramel and prune notes. Alcohol is not overly present. Finishes dry.