fly (1461) - austin, Tejas, Texas, USA - APR 26, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hey, it was named after me, okay? My eyes were just drawn to the description given by brewer, and I'll be damned if it's not right up the same patg I was on - the malty side, but certainly with enough to back it that it doesn't become cloying. I do favor some that have a more asertive hop character, but that isn't keeping me from enjoying this. Love the way it just keeps adding to my idiocy.
DavidP (1748) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 25, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 31, 2007 Dark, almost opaque plum color under a short-lived tan head. Heavy, sweet aroma of overripe plum and wood. The big malt flavor and body has a good dose of alcohol but it fits well with the strong sweetness. Cherries, brown sugar and vanilla. The finish tingles your tongue, reminds me of cherry cough syrup. The beer has a nice viscous mouthfeel.
raymow (1395) - Bensalem, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 25, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
True to the barley wine style, this is an excellent example. Nice deep reddish-brown color, sweet, fruity aroma and decent flavor with a hidden high ABV. My only comlpaint is that it seems a bit flat.
biznizness (1128) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - APR 24, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 11, 2006 A hearty and delicious ale. Sweet at first, but you can taste the alcohol as it goes down. The alcohol is prominent, a little too much so. Very malty and delish. This beer grew on me bigtime. Love it.
rauchbier (3794) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - APR 21, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle conditioned? Deep chestnut, good off white head and quite low condition. Big sweet barley wine maltiness with lots of drambuie. Thick and chewy in the mouth, malt heavy with an oily butteriness and sinus clearing alcohol notes. Long sweet toffee malt and alcohol in the finish.
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - APR 20, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
In the bottle at RFD Washington. No head (okay for style). Alcohol nose. Dark red brown in color. Lack of full body expected for this style. The alcohol bites your tongue without the proper malt bandaid one expects. Pull slowly...
jimhilt (2552) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - APR 13, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours with a two-finger light brown head that fades very slowly and leaves a gobs of lace. Cloudy amber color. Good carbonation. Nose is alcohol; Starts with a good balance of malts and hops, finishes fairly smooth but the alcohol is there in the background. $2.75 for a 12oz bottle.
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - APR 10, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear red-brown, small off-white head. Medium sweet nose with alcohol, bananas, hazelnuts. Flavor somewhat thin, lightly sweet, with walnuts/hazelnuts, vinous notes, apricots, orange, licorice.
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 7, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks be to The_Beer_God for sending me this Idiot!
Pours a tawny body with a
strange off white head, light shad of green. The nose gives the impression of a huge malty profile, loads of caramel, but I get some musty grapefruit in there to. I have the flu and my sinuses are all clogged, so I am probably missing a good deal here.
Yah, this is one for sipping. Caramelized grapefruit, big earthy notes, plums, and apricots, some sort of berry, gooseberries maybe….. seems like its got large notes of oak lingering everywhere, a little leathery and musty… but pretty good stuff. Warming finish for sure!
FlacoAlto (4147) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 6, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a deep ruby red color, and is topped by a creamy tan head. Smells of sticky malts with a bit of candy type sweetness to it. There is some alcohol in the nose as well as a bit of hop aromatics up front. This Barley Wine has a nice, thick, and creamy mouthfeel to it. This beer is sweetish but it has a nice balancing hop flavor that is subtle for an American, but it is pronounced enough that it is quite pleasing. The alcohol is not as evident in the taste, which is good. There is a bit of astringency in the finish, some fermentation by products (esters, higher alcohols, etc). These really don't take away from this beer though. This is a nice, easy drinking Barley Wine, that has a bunch of subtle competing flavors that keep this interesting.