Ty5592 (1018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 3, 2006
Orange brown in color. Pures with no head. The carbonation was minimal. Aroma of caramel and fruity hops. The taste was semi sweet with caramel malts, citrus hops in the background and finish. Malty. The mouthful was very smooth ,delicate,and alittle thin. As this beer warmed the body became thicker, which is a good thing. Very easy to drink. Funny, I was expecting alot more. peterstrongale (43) - Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 27, 2006
Warm brown beer with medium sized beige head. Aroma is sweet hoppy with lots of caramel, buttertoffee, candi, malts, and sweet cakes, and breads. Also hints of raisins, bitter maramlade and fine hops. Taste is powerfull and masive. Very round attack in the mouth with a rich sweetness. Taste is nutty, and medium sweet that ends with an interesting bitterness of fine hops. asmithbeer (71) - California, USA - NOV 23, 2006
This is a pretty awesome beer. Can’t remember the details of the aroma and appearance, but this guy is malty and complex and damn good. luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 15, 2006
750. Beer is medium-dark caramel brown with an average-sized, beige, frothy head that mostly diminishes into a ring of glossy sea foam.<P>
The aroma is more hop-focused in the American style. It’s malty with moderate notes of toasted grain, caramel, light note of cookie; Hoppy with a moderate note of resin/pine, cedar; Yeasty with a light note of dough; Miscellaney includes moderate notes of peppery alcohol, raisin, plum.<P>
The flavor is moderately sweet, moderately-to-heavily bitter with a long, warm, moderately bitter, lightly sweet finish.<P>
The body is medium, the texture is velvety and the carbonation is lively. Teensy bit salty in the finish. RagallachMC (631) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - NOV 13, 2006
750ml bottle. Aroma: Sweet maltiness with notes of toasted nuts, caramel, yeasty bread, plums, a touch of citrus, and some subtle spiciness. Alcohol is there but not overbearing. Appearance: Murky reddish-brown in color. Off white head was full and creamy, but didn’t last long. Nice lacing. Flavor: Sweet maltiness comes on first with caramel and a nice toasted quality. Some cocoa and vanilla and light woodiness. A surprising level of bitterness kicks in towards the middle. Full of pine and resin, it sticks around just long enough to introduce the finish. Alcohol is medium-strong into the finish. Finish is fairly dry for such a sweet starting beer. Palate: Full bodied. Moderate carbonation. Strong alcohol warming in back and roof of mouth. Overall: A great barleywine that is very drinkable. Almost dangerously so.
desurfer (1302) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - NOV 12, 2006
Clear, deep copper with a small beige head. Aroma is malty and alcoholic. Flavor is bready and boozy, with some doughy malts, hops, and smoke being engulfed by alcohol and dry sweetness. Nice barleywine. iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - NOV 9, 2006
750mL courtesy of my Secret Santa, no idea of the date. Pours a clear orangeish red with a minimal light yellowish head. Aroma has some earthy hops, alcohol, toasty malts and peanuts, dark chocolate covered raisins and dirty caramel. The flavor has some dark chocolateyness up front, fairly sweet almost to the middle, and then turns more bitter. The finish was dry with some lingering bitterness. I’m not sure what it is--either the bit of odd bitterness or too much ETOH, but the taste was not quite superb for me. The alcohol is apparent midway through and continues to be clear down in mi estomago. Maybe I drank this too young--had no idea about the bottling date. Syrupy body, light-moderate carbonation. IMtheOptimator (1170) - Brookfield, Connecticut, USA - NOV 4, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 5, 2006 2004 Vintage. Poured a dark murky crimson/grape juice with a small creamy off-white head. Aroma is rich, sweet and oaky, with notes of sweet wine and molasses and some honey. Flavor is off-dry with complex notes of smoky molasses, red wine grapes, and a strong biting dryness that starts sharp in the beginning and slowly fades out, leading to a long dry finish. A nice mix of strength and subtlety. This would be even better if the body were more substantial and the flavor somewhat less smoky. But it still has the delicate Alesmith craftsmanship I’ve come to expect. Solid. GuilTTy (733) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - NOV 4, 2006
Another nice find from BevMo in Pasadena. Pours a rich chestnut brown with a medium light tan head. Sweet aroma of caramel, vanilla, dried berries and brown sugar. Nicely layered flavors with plenty of roasted malt, pepper, mild hops and overripe fruit. Smooth, rich mouthfeel and a very long, swwet and enticoing finish with a warming alcohol kiss. kepano (278) - Los Angeles, California, USA - NOV 2, 2006
Being benumbed by Old Numbskull is not banal, and will beyond doubt beckon your bibulously blockish and bellicose doppelganger, but if beaming you want to be next morning, I would berate this beverage. Beneath a luminous and frothy foam lies a bright copper liquid, lightly brumous. Ethanol is blatant upon the nose, while blends in the background a mixture of apple, pear, almond and cherry; further below unctuous malts remind of toasted caramel, nougat, brown sugar and honey. The complexity is not lacking but the alcohol is what I blame, and again on the palate it bludgeons the taste buds. Bitter coffee, banana and a touch of grapefruit produce the primary flavor, smooth on the tongue but blasting bitterness on the finish. It may seem blasé, but blimey this numbskull is nothing to boast!