WhiteSoxFan (152) - USA - OCT 5, 2006
12 oz. bottle from Santa Fe Spirits. Drank on 8/22/06. 2005 vintage. Clear, dark copper to light amber. Very thin layer of foam - can hardly call it a head - off white to light tan. Disappears immidiately to a ring of foam. Aroma - decent sized aroma - lots of sweet malts, some fruity hops - apricot, cherries. Almost candy-like sweetness. Flavor - some average up front bitterness that disappears on the tongue. Really smooth, well balanced, and sweet in the middle. The sweet, fruity, malty flavors come out in the finish. Cherries. Palate - pretty full bodied. Carb is on the low side, but good for a BW. Oddly it kind of thins out in the swallow. Overall - Pretty good BW. Nice aroma, good flavor, good mouthfeel. No head, which is somewhat typical for the style. I guess it could be a tad thicker and stronger, but there is no lack of flavor or complexity. No alcohol flavor or warmth. Will definitely be stocking up on the ’06. beastiefan2k (3981) - HdG (past: NYC, KS, Rain City), Maryland, USA - SEP 15, 2006
2005 bottle thanks to B&B2. Poured into small Koningshoeven goblet glass. I could smell creaminess as I poured it, interesting. Pours very dark amber with no head and barely some lacing. Aroma is strong - a very subdued and creamy plum raison BW aroma. Very nice and much lower on the alcohol than expected. Taste is sweet syrupy fruits and again raison/plum BW. Very subdued for somethign this strong. Medium body but very smooth and really no sense of alcohol. Very low on bitterness. A very nice example, I will age a few of these. thebaldwizard (1207) - Ohio, USA - AUG 17, 2006
Thanks to BeerandBlues2. Hazy orange color with a solid white head. The aroma was very sweet, and you definitely could tell the alcohol was there. The taste was heavy--plenty of malts, and some definite syrupy fruit tastes (like the syrup from a can of peaches or something). This one was too syrupy and heavy handed for my liking. tjthresh (1873) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - JUN 19, 2006
12 ounce bottle dated 2005 from BeerandBlues2. Poured into a snifter. Poured a very hazy, murkey even, orange/amber with a average off white head. A bit of lace. Quite sweet malty aroma. Candy-ish. The alcohol make it medicinal. Citric and piney hops are apparent. The flavor is a mash or malt, hops and alcohol, none of which are taking control. The all seem just to get in the way. I guess I can pick out a peach/apricot/necterine type fruitiness, but the finish is way boozey. The palate, while not exactly watery, surely leave something to be desired. Just an okay beer. jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - APR 25, 2006
12oz. bottle dated 2005. Hazy orange/amber color with a small off white head. Sweet malty aroma with caramel and citrus hops. Flavor was mildly sweet with lots of caramel malt and a bitter hop finish. Alcohol started to really come on as the beer warmed.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - APR 24, 2006
Bottle shared by TheBeerCellar2: Pours a slightly hazy copper bronze with a thin lightly-lacing off-white head. Soft sweet caramel and fresh noble hoppy aroma. Body starts with a somewhat syrupy caramel malty flavor and some fresh green lingering bittering hops in the finish. Fairly-well balanced but could use some aging. goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - MAR 21, 2006
Pried from the tight grips of Thebeercellar2’s cellar. Poured a hazy amber color with a thin off-white head. The aroma was sweet and fruity that was dominated by apricots. Sweet malty flavor. Fruity with some notes of bubble gum. Pretty warming with a medium body. cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - MAR 18, 2006
3/18/06. Poured out of 12 oz. bottle, purchased at Liquor Max in Loveland, CO 9/30/05. Rated blind. Muddy brown-orange with a rocky, soapy head of cream froth, strangely lasting. Very little lacing. Aroma steers towards the berry end of barleywines, rich with juniper and prevalent higher alcohols, sweetly resinous with a tangy, zesty sappiness. Some aged piney hops but somewhat little caramel depth, masked mostly by the sweet fruitiness. Like berries tossed in a few teaspoons of melted brown sugar. Flavor strikes immediately with oxidation, a sweet papery taste, even in this relatively young age (though, to be fair, it HAS been 6 months). Also lots of sticky berry skins and a light earthiness. Soggy-dusty hop resins mingle with the malt. Pretty good balance, actually, and I’m not overtly offended with the oxidation. Medium body with an interesting cooling sensation and prickly, sappy finish. Quite dry and stiff, alcohol blending with a puckering twiggy earthiness and still the ever-present berries. Like licking sweet sap from a smooth piece of tree bark. Warms the belly within the first few gulps. A solid barleywine for those lazy winter weekends of three days’ growth on the facial hair when a feeling like your tongue being tickled with light sandpaper doesn’t seem so bizarre. 11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - MAR 10, 2006
2005 12oz. bottle from Aubrey. Pours out a light brown color with just a bit of opacity to it. A scant off-white head forms and fades out quickly leaving spotty lacing behind. Aroma is reminiscent of caramel, a hint of brown sugar. Hops don’t really hit the olfactory. Medium bodied, a bit thin at times with a fairly forward alcohol presence. Towards the finish a moderate hop bitterness appears to balance the malt flavors initially present. Fair BW. Just lacking in some areas that make me take notice. dwyerpg (6180) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - FEB 23, 2006
Smells like molasses, which is always a good start. Honey, piney, thick, and a little sweet like a doppelbock. Different, but too sweet to be a top notch barleywine.