ClarkVV (4429) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 14, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 12, 2005 Medium red/brown color clear, no bubbles small lacing and a small off white head. Smells of rich brown bread, dry caramel malt, and lots of alcohol. Begins with lots of even caramel malt which turns into a nice raisin/hops flavor. Very dark fruit undertones. I am very impressed with the depth of flavor without any bottle conditioning. Good raisin, slight plum sweetness. Dry finish, a bit of roasted barley. Nice grainy aftertaste.
Frank (3529) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 13, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Quite an attractive reddish brown with just the slightest bit of head and thin sheets of lace. Strongly malty aroma with a big whiff of banana and alcohol--much different that the hop-monster I would normally expect from an American Brewer. Alcohol plays a large role as a flavor component by helping to balance the sweetness. It warms the belly a bit too. Thick, rich palate compliments the banana flavors here very nicely. Molasses, dried cherry, raisin, chocolate, and toffee round things out. Very tasty with only a touch of earthy bitterness in the finish.
tidiaguy (168) - Hawley, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 10, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This was my first Barley Wine. I truley enjoyed this one. Murky red brown with little to no head. Malt appricot smell with alcohol notes. Taste was fruity and rich with a mild bitterness at the end. Slightly oilly mouth feel with a warmth of alcohol going down.
Kinz (3530) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - NOV 6, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep copper red, nice initial head faded away entirely. Aroma of pure malt, a touch heady, with molasses and maple syrup in there. A bit thinner on the palate than I was expecting from the aroma. Molasses, rock candy, hint of sytrofoam?? Hop bitterness to balance it. Belly warming.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - NOV 2, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Color is very opaque chestnut brown, dark with barely a glow, fluffy finger high head of light tan hue which slowly fades down to a thin haze on top and a thick sticky ring around the edge, lace is in thin sheets. Aroma is mostly dark and fruity with plum, raisin, melon, banana, starfruit and toffee. Slight alcoholic note. Taste follows suit with slight dark fruit senses of raisin, plum, and a touch of banana, malts are chewy in the toffee with slight dark caramel. Quite smooth and creamy all the way through with some nicely done, slight piney and dried hop bitterness that enters in very subtle just after the midway point and gains some depth into the finish with some added malty thick depth as well. Feel is medium bodied, smooth and creamy with a couple hollow areas, some uneven texured velevtyness and not quite as hefty or strongly flavored as I like. The alcohol in this starts to hit pretty quick though so its a major sipper.
Ernest (6834) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 26, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 13, 2006 Head is initially small, frothy, light brown, mostly diminishing. Body is hazy dark amber. Aroma is moderately malty (caramel, cookie, bread), lightly hoppy (flowers), with light notes of plum, toffee, date, sherry, alcohol. Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Full body, creamy/syrupy texture, soft/lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic. Not the most exciting or assertive aroma, but pleasant all-around and quite luxurious on the tongue. Very nice.
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - OCT 18, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
label is as weak as the beer is strong. the beer's presentation is slightly weathered orange-brown, like a new lodgepole pine phone pole-- a fluffy biscuit colored head sat on top (right where it should be). sniffing, i got a load of dopplebock-like sticky sweet malts in the nose (which made it hard to breathe); in addition, i got some brown sugar and dried plum, butterscotch, cigar leaf, rum, and beer nuts. smooth and sweet with soft carbonation. candied grains-- anise, raisin syrup. some bitterness occurs, but it's less conspicuous or memorable than the alcohol-washed caramel malts. it didn't excite much glee overall, but then, i don't sport a hat with bells dangling down. and though i might become a blithering idiot if i consumed two or three, i dumm enuf after just one, thank you.
Zach Diesel (906) - Sisters, Oregon, USA - OCT 18, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
candy like and medicinal aroma, dark ruby with a thin light tan head,great candylike maltiness chewy with hints of roastiness, slightly medicinal, hops poke through a tad at the finish, incredible alcohol masking job
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 11, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Redish brown body with a small light brown head. Aroma is buttery sweet with a hint of hops. Taste is sweet, carmel, fruity, with some spicy hops. Nice warming touch.
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - OCT 6, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep amber color, slight tan head. Sweet aroma: raisins, dates, brown sugar. Similar flavor, sweet and malty. I agree with ChimayBabe about the alcohol being unleashed as it warms. Just a tad too much burn once it gets to room temp. Other than that it's a fine barleywine.