JJClark (551) - Roscoe, Illinois, USA - MAR 19, 2007
Bottle from trade with Odeed. Thanks man! Pours a dark amber color with a decent off white head. Aroma of pine and citrus. Hops dominate the nose. Taste is semi sweet and malty. Nicely balanced with a bit of fruity finish. Good and easy to drink. beerbill (3619) - Laurel, New York, USA - MAR 17, 2007
750 ml bottle thanks to a trade with awaisanen. Pours a lovely warm rust color with a moderate linen white head and very nice lacing. Very pleasant aroma of malt, dates and brown sugar. The flavor follows the aroma quite well. Moderate hops bitterness at the finish is well proportioned to the malt. Warming alcohol but by no means excessive, especially given the 10% ABV. Maybe a touch lighter in viscocity than I expected in a barley wine, but that is very minor. Overall, really, really good stuff. UselessGdTaste (365) - Long Beach, California, USA - MAR 15, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 12, 2008 Pretty much unaged. This beer was the barley wine version of what alesmith does. They seem to make concentrated beer, and this was no exception. I am used to barleywines being sweeter, but this is great right from the beginning. Very warm also. Almost like an IPA of Barley Wines. thornecb (6158) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 7, 2007
Aged 1 year. Pours clear dark amber into a snifter. Citrus and caramel aromas. Creamy dark caramel and vanilla and an alcohol warmth spreads down the throat. A chewy, lasting balanced sweet/hop finish. VikingHammer (506) - Lynnfield, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 7, 2007
Pours a dark amber with a thick off white head. Aromas of dark fruits and slight alcohol. Alcohol very apparent with dark fruits and slight hops. Full mouth feel with a warming alcohol finish.
DirtyMartini (194) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 2, 2007
draft at najas - my tastebuds may have been influenced by the IIPA i had previously...but the maltiness of this way fantastic. the more i drank it the more the hops came through. the hops werent there to add any bitterness, but simply to balance out the caramel malt, maple syrup and maybe brown sugar that the malts were providing. does alesmtih make a bad beer?? spector (906) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - MAR 1, 2007
Dark fruits and slight alcohol stand out in the aroma.Pours a mahogany color with a medium off white head.Lots going on in the flavor,Hops,dark fruits and a good balance of sweetness and alcohol.Medium to full mouthfeel with a full well balanced finish. kmweaver (3208) - Petaluma, California, USA - FEB 24, 2007
750mL bottle. Pours a hazy, orangish-amber color; off-white head with decent lacing. Chewy, wet-malt aroma: maple syrup and brown sugar. Full chewy mouthfeel: plenty of candy and brown sugar; grapefruit and citrus hops; well-balanced and dense. Long, chewy, vanilla and candy sugar finish. auto (163) - California, USA - FEB 19, 2007
alesmith old numskull red color, dark red burgundy small head, smells pretty good, tastes hella good its the number 1 so far y0cola (361) - fremont, California, USA - FEB 18, 2007
strong hops aroma clear orange no foam orange, charcoal oak flavor. thick & alcoholy.