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 (1081) - 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 (1279) - 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.
Jine (903) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - OCT 14, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Split the bottle with a roommate towards the end of a small sampling session. Definitely blithering idiots by the end of that. This is a very nice barleywine, I really am liking this style. good job weyerebacher
sloth (2793) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - OCT 13, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Small tan head, short lived with some scattered lacing. Murky brown color with a hazy red hue. Dusty, fruity nose that smacks of caramel. Medium/full body, creamy palate. Gentle maltyness, toffee hints, caramel, mild fruitiness and a touch of alcohol heat. A faint spiceyness shows up in the aroma as it warms as does the alcohol. Creamy, dry finish.
zathrus13 (1764) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - OCT 3, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2007 Deep amber/red color. Aromas of caramel, sweet malt, yeast and fruit. Tastes much less sweet than expected, actually ending a bit bitter. The caramel and fruit come thu the most.
PWalk (337) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 1, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2004 Pours dark into the glass with small head. Aroma is heavy with fruit and vanilla. Smooth on the palate just the way I like it. This will keep you warm when your cold. Highly enjoyed it and I felt it after I knocked off the bottle. It’s 11%! Just the way I like them.