peter (445) - Normal, Illinois, USA - MAR 28, 2006
Very exemplary appearance. Aroma of wildflower honey, pine sapplings and heat. Palate is quite hot and slightly sticky. Flavour is strongly camerlized sugar with a chalky finish masking fruit pits. Lightly oxidized. Hoser (387) - Cowtown, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 7, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2007 The year of the knucklehead I had was the year with Fred Eckhart on it. Bought this at Topper’s Market in Helana MT. Well made, complex and nothing out of this world. Page 82 of Michael Jackson’s Great Beer Guide and only 450 of 500 Classic Brews to go. lilannie (384) - Adamstown, Maryland, USA - MAR 25, 2006
cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - JUL 28, 2004
Aroma: musty, floor cleaners, some citrus fruits, and brown sugar
Appearance: murky brown, little carbonation, little lacing
Flavor: musty, brown sugar, sweet alcohol, some plums, red grapes, and weird chemicals
Palate: smooth, slightly bubbly
7/24/04. Poured out of bottle, sampled at San Diego Barley Wine Tasting courtesy of SDbruboy 7/24/04. Dark orange-brown with a faint red trace. No real head-- a bit of a cognac appearance. Somewhat faint aroma, but it’s pretty straightforward for the style with fruity malts. Flavor is dark, twiggy whiskey with subtle caramel. Pretty imbalanced even for a barley wine. Some metallic potency on the finish. Prickly. Medium-full body, sticky on the lips, but not much there. Not close to a great beer, but a serviceable barley wine. mwsf (361) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 25, 2002
Very malty. Full bodied. Not overly hoppy. A little too much alcohol aroma and flavor. It could be improved by hiding the alcohol a little better. If you visit either of the Bridgeport brewpubs, ask for this beer. It's sometimes not listed on the menu but available nonetheless.
microdyke (360) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 22, 2003
A brownish murky color. The aroma was of plumbs and raisons. The flavor is plummy with slight alcohol. Warming to the tummy like a barley wine should be. A very smooth and soft palate. brewshthereen (316) - Oregon, USA - AUG 17, 2004
I have been waiting to get my hands on this brew for a while. I am happy to report this beer did not disappoint at all. Powerful, dark fruit aroma. Alcohol spice in the nose. Robust maltiness and well developed flavors. Somewhat cloying but still chewy and full of goodness. I expected this to be rated higher. Overall, a fantastic barley wine. brewbandit (312) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - FEB 15, 2005
Nice clear amber body with light head. Slight malty aroma. Decent malt palate with good hop balance. A bit of a bite towards the finish. liquidhedonism (289) - Beaverton, Oregon, USA - DEC 22, 2014
22 oz bottle. Aroma: malty, boozy, piney, and woody, with hints of cherry, caramel, brown sugar, and resin. Taste/Palate: thick, crisp, and sweet; finishes bitter and astringent.