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. OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - MAY 15, 2005
Pours dark brown with ruby highlights. A big thick tan head graces this and settles back to about a quarter inch. Aroma has much coming through. Chocolate, caramel, cherries, plums maybe even some cinnamon. the flavor is caramel and chocolate and a note of cherries. Fruity yet malty. Good flavor yet remarkably light on the palate. The finish is somewhat warm but other than that I thought the alcohol was undetectable. Very earthy almost oaky flavors also come through. A pretty good brew. Better than I expected... DYCSoccer17 (3705) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 7, 2005
Sampled with my brother. This has a very complex and yummy aroma. Hints of cherries, earthiness, wood, caramel maltiness, and hints of chocolate. Notes of cinnamon also seem present. I hope the flavor lives up to this great aroma. Transparent garnet dark amber color with a light tan head. Start is bitter, turning more vinous with lots of caramel and chocolatey malts. Finishes a tad hoppy. Booze is noticeable. Promising...decent, but not as good as I hoped. GrainBeltGuzzler (249) - Goodhue, Minnesota, USA - APR 23, 2005
fantastic looking beer, incredibly thick head on this one, leaves a film all the way down the glass, very strong malty flavor on this a little hint of alcohol and hops to balance it off a definate winner with this one, thanks probiere
ToadMan (559) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 15, 2005
Dark brown color with ruby tones and a small head. Nice but subdued nutty malt aroma with floral tones. Flavor starts sweet and malty has a toffee middle with a more hoppy finish and a nutty aftertaste. Good balance of moderate bitterness and sweet nutty malts. Nice warming alcohol presence. swirl (267) - collingswood, New Jersey, USA - MAR 26, 2005
This is a deep red/mahogany colored ale. with an intense flavor. After a couple of these anyone would be feeling jubilant. A complex ale with a mixture of hops which lend a floral scent on the nose. DavidP (1748) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 21, 2005
Dark brown body with a thick foamy tan head. Ginger cookie aroma: bread, nutmeg, ginger and alcohol. Big caramel malt flavor with coffee and toffee, maple syrup, and a sharp tree bark bitterness. Long-lasting sweet, earthy malt finish. The malts are nice but I feel they clash with the woody shaprness. dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 17, 2005
Copper in color with a small white head. Little floaties is suspension. Bready,malty aroma with mild caramel and a sweet flavor. Ends bitter,hoppy and dry. Aurelius (5426) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAR 16, 2005
Fruity dark, yeast and vinegar aroma somewhere between a PA and a lambic. Clear ruby black ale. Big fluffy head. Cocoa, wood, grapefruit, coffee. Pretty complex. Layer on layer of flavor. Medium weight, spicy finish, spicy on the lips, cocoa in the very end. Nicely done.