kms399 (267) - plymouth, Minnesota, USA - AUG 10, 2005
bottle. pours a deep ruby red little to no head. aroma is malty little hops with a little sweetness. tastes of hops, barley a little citrus note. overtones of malt. mouthfeel is dry and bitter with a sharp hop slap in the mouth. pretty good. JoshuaB (476) - Detroit, Michigan, USA - AUG 6, 2005
Pours a unique and beautiful garnet with tons of head and lacing. Smells of a fair amount of hops and barley, mixed with licorice, orange, and a trace of EtOH. Lots of hops in this one, but they are balanced out very nicely with lots of sweet malt. Lemon and orange also are present. Caramel also. Finishes with a nice hop bite with very little alcohol apparency. This beer was great right off the shelf, but I would imagine it would have much potential in the cellar. My first Avery that I have enjoyed. DragonStout (1418) - Groveport, Ohio, USA - AUG 4, 2005
Poured a dark amber with a small head.Hugh aromas and taste of hops.The aroma was pungent of hops.hops overload and i am not a hop head.This wasnt for me.Too much hops.It was drinkable but I did have it on tap at Dunedian Breweries a while back and that was good.The bottle they can keep 5000 (6900) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - AUG 2, 2005
Bottle: Reddish caramel, large off-white foamy head, decent lacing, very light carbonation.   Grainy/malty nose, subtle hop presense, hint of pine, noticable alcohol.   English malt flavor, comes off as an English Strong in some senses.   Semi-sweet, biscuity, very slight tea leaf.   Big body with a rather thick mouthfeel.   Finishes with a bit more of a hop bite.   Decent, would have again.   Thanks for sharing mattbob! JFURYCAT (1078) - East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 24, 2005
I got this at State Line Liquor in Elkton, MD for $4 because it was the lowest priced Avery they had and it turned out to be awesome. It is quite different from the Barley Wines I’ve had. It seems to be pretty hoppy and I was thinking IPA and Tidiaguy said Double IPA. I don’t know how to go on-this beer has an awesome mix with the caramel malt, the hops and a nice finish. I would definately pick this one up again.
BeerandBlues2 (14018) - Escondido, California, USA - JUL 24, 2005
Bottle at The Avery Experience. Pours copper with ruby highlights and a tall foamy tan head; sports lined lacing, very good. Coconut and roasted caramel and floral hop and pine aromas. Floral hop and lightly roasted caramel malt and alcohol flavors with notes of coconut. Medium bodied and warm, fizzy and lively carbonation. beeryum (652) - Norcross, Georgia, USA - JUL 22, 2005
Bottle. Brown/ruby pour. Strong aroma of grapefruity and woody hops. Sweet malty flavors with citrusy hops. Caramelly and a little nutty, and a very firm bitter bite. theshocker (329) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUL 21, 2005
This is the lightest barleywine I’ve had - you can actually see though it. Smells like cherries and liquorice, tastes like it smells. I almost don’t believe that it is 9.2 % alcohol or 100 IBUs. Very smooth, almost too smooth for a barleywine. A bargain at $4.00, I’ll probably buy it again. Tmoney99 (15120) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 20, 2005
Bottle. Dark amber with large rocky head that diminished very slowly. Complex sweet malt and hops aroma. Medium to full body with a alcohol tone. Good complex malt, caramel and hop flavor with a small alcohol bite. Very good brew. maawallace (7) - USA - JUL 19, 2005 does not count
I love this beer. The hoppy aroma is beatufiully done because the taste is not nearly as hoppy. Honestly, it is a pretty straight forward beer, but it is amazing what a wonderful flavor one can get with merely malted barley, hops and a little bit of time. This is an exceptional beer that is not overly complex, but it is great.