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. Zeswaft (1773) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 14, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 15, 2006 Wowie zowie. This is amazing. Totally surpased my expectations. Might be the best barleywine i’ve had. Tons of Columbus hops, good amount of barley. Just tons of flavor and it all is perfect. By far the best Avery product. It was only $4 for a bomber too. what a deal! TheBeerCollector (633) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JUL 10, 2005
A great barley wine. Pours a light copper with a lasting white head. The color is quite light for a barley wine but the flavor packs a powerful punch. The label claims 100 IBU’s and there’s no doubt about it judging from the flavor. Very warming alcohol bite comes through in the finish. A great sipping beer. atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - JUL 7, 2005
Amber brown with a thick tan head. Wonderful fruity hop aroma and a great alcohol character. Bitterness in the flavor followed by a lingering carmel malt. Nice ballance between the hop and malt, and a very nice finish. Sweet character at the back of the mouth and a warming alcohol flavor and feel. Quite representative of the style. rajendra82 (1093) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - JUL 3, 2005
The beer came in a bomber donning a label depicting flying pigs, but no freshness date. The beer poured out nice and dignified, with a deep copper tone body, half inch thick persistent foamy head, and restrained slow rising carbonation. Aromatically, the hops were the primary smell with a rollicking grapefruit, mango, pine straw goodness. The malt was detected as a roasted nut and oak background smell.
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 1, 2005
The taste was a smooth mix of vanilla, toffee, grapefruit, raisins, peat smoke, and mango. The thick juicy body coated the tongue with each sip, and allowed these flavors to linger. Alcohol was evident, but not overpoweringly so. Warm and soft when sipped gingerly, but a bit stinging if gulped. A beer good enough to be included among the upper echelon of American Barleywines in my opinion. Lacks the intense hop punch of Bigfoot, Old Ruffian, or Old Crustacean, but makes it up with suave mellow demeanor making it more approachable.
Pour is nice ruby amber with a nice weblike tan head...smell is sweet grapefruit...tastes like a sweet IPA...very hoppy with some sweet citrus and alcohol to it...finish is lingerlingly sweet.... 00cobraR (1103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - JUN 24, 2005
Well first off i am not a huge fan of hoppy beers. and this barley is no different. Pours a dark amber with a very small head. Has a hoppy odor to it as well as a hoppy flavor. ericnixon (746) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 18, 2005
A beautiful dark amber colorthat’s worthy of a thousand praises. The aroma is hoppy but in a mellow yet intense way. Somewhat fizzy mouthfeel with a refreshing taste that blends away to a lingeringly bitter hoppy aftertaste. Jonathan3584 (323) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 16, 2005
Reminiscent of Bigfoot, but not quite as harsh. Quite a beer, not the best barleywine -- dark copper color with a white head. Good lacing. Aroma is dominated by citrussy hops, but has a strong caramel malt sweetness to it as well. Flavor is initially very sweet caramel malt, but evens out to a strong bitterness in the end -- tastes like Columbus hops. Not as thick a mouthfeel as I’d like, but that’s mostly due to alcohol. The best of Avery’s high alchol beers I’ve had. MayorQuimby (100) - Santa Barbara, California, USA - JUN 15, 2005
Bottle. Pours a deep reddish amber color, light toast colored head, nice lacing, a few bubbles but mostly transparent. Aroma is mostly malty and caramelly, a little ethanol. Flavor has a solid malt profile, fairly sweet, good hoppiness, a lot of caramel notes and a hint of alcohol in the finish. Good balance in there, not quite the profile or balance of Old Numbskull, but it comes close. Mouthfeel is rich, gentle carbonation stays on my tongue and leaves a nice sensation behind. A good beer, not in the league of the best barley wines, but something that I would definitely drink again.