willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - AUG 11, 2005
08.11.05 12oz bottle. Deep and grapey mahogany stained walnut under medium sized but fleeting head. Aroma of used black tea leaves, toasted walnut, toffee, and spicy alcohol. Tobacco and salt come through on nose as well. Flavor is nice and roasty, lots of nuts, bitter roasted hints, resinous. Soft and round body is plenty chewy. Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - AUG 8, 2005
Deep carmel/ruby with a good durable cap of tan head. Very toasty dark carmel aroma, just the smallish hint of citrus hops. Flavor translates well from the aroma. Very sweet carmel-heavy beer, with just enough hops to keep it from being cloying. Fairly full bodied, but manages to avoid actually being sticky. Alcohol noticeable in the finish. August is not the right mothe to be tasting this beer. Still...I can enjoy it now. And on a snowy day, I bet it is the perfect fireside sipper. Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUL 30, 2005
Very nice winter ale. Smells more like a traditional barleywine. Pours very deep amber with a very nice long lasting fluffy head and nice lace. Aroma is very strong with lots of dark caramel, sweet toffee and light citrus hops. Flavor is caramel, crystal and chocolate malts. Slight bitterness in the end- otherwise this is moderatley sweet. Kinda reminds me a toned down fourth dementia. Very well done. Easy drinking even in the summer. BeerandBlues2 (13213) - Escondido, California, USA - JUL 23, 2005
2004 Bottle at The Avery Experience. Caramel mahagony hues with a medium frothy tan head. Caramel and brown sugar aromas with light roasted grains evident and a fruit hop nose. Caramel malt and acidic alcohol flavor with a fruit hop finish, and some vanilla faintly detectable. Medium bodied and warm spicy palate. Ratman197 (14686) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUL 21, 2005
Bottle poured mahogany with an amber head. Aromas of dark fruit with some vinous notes. Flavors of roasted malt, dark fruit ,a hint of coffee, With a mildly bitter finish.
Bockyhorsey (2628) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JUL 12, 2005
Sweet malty aroma but I did detect a bit of spice to it. Dark body but when held to the light you will see a mahogany color. Small tan head that left lacong on the glass. Falvor was of sweet caramel with a good balance of alcohol. Left a sweet dry aftertaste taht I didn’t care for but a good beer. Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 26, 2005
Darkened brick. Roasty, malt accented aromas, with hints of hazelnut, raisin and caramel, along with a hint of black currant, which I believe is from the Bullion. Soft feel. Complex malt flavor, with hints of chocolate and coffee, raisins and plums and perhaps a bit of toffee. All about the malt, presented in a classy way. I’ve always liked this beer from Avery. Tmoney99 (14374) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 24, 2005
Bottle. Dark reddish\brown hue with medium off-white head. Good complex aroma of roasted malt, sweet and small alcohol. Medium to full body with smooth texture. Complex flavor of coffee, hops and roasted malt with the same small alcohol bite at the finish. Very good brew. monty (39) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 15, 2005
15 June 2005. Bottle.
Very little head; a touch on the dark side for a barleywine.
Mouthfeel is soft and slippery - nice.
Funny cherry cola flavor and, oddly, a little coffee. Definitely sweet - lots of malts showing through. Hops are present, but not too biting.
This is good, but not as strong a showing as some of Avery’s other beers. ChazyRPh (583) - Chazy, New York, USA - JUN 8, 2005
clear garnet pour with a medium head. Malty aroma, brown sugar, roasted malt, some alcohol. Roasty flavor to start, hints of coffee, nice bitterness, burnt malts. Inherent sweetness also, quite warming. This is very nice.